View Full Version : Water treatment (my water being over chlorinated)
05-20-2012, 09:03 AM
So Ken and Andy were talking to me at yesterday's meeting about chlorinated aroma and taste in my water. Andy you made mention of something I can add ahead of time and just tank my strike and sparge water for brew day. Unfortunately in the hustle and bustle of yesterday's meeting I forgot what it was you mentioned and how much to use. Give me a quick shout out on this again if you would.
05-21-2012, 06:22 AM
No sure about your water, but mine in Highlands Ranch has a bunch of Chloramine (4 mg/L). Chlorine can be easily be removed by boiling or letting it sit out for 24 hours. Chloramine will require filtering through a carbon filter or treatment with Camden tablets. I personally do both - pulling my water from our filtered faucet and then I add Camden at 1/4 table per 5 gallons of water.
So, I would first get info from your city and get a water report to find out if they use Chlorine or Chloramine. Then take the appropriate action.
05-21-2012, 10:31 AM
My local water district reported my water as having 1.5 mg/L so far less then your water assuming it's consistently accurate and at the level they've reported to me. So what is considered moderate/high because obviously it's being detectable?
Campden tablets is definitely what Andy had recommended. I have a filter on my fridge, but that would take forever.
I have 2 big 15 gallon containers that held LME in a former life. Wondering after rinsing with some PBW (they've been sitting around awhile, then adding some of my tap water boiled to it, and throwing in a tablespoon of camden will do the trick a day or 2 before brew day. Then just use a racking cane to transfer to my HLT/MT as needed.
05-21-2012, 10:53 AM
Yeah, I think Campden will work almost immediately in ridding it of chlorine/choramine, but typically I prep my water the night before. John Palmer has always recommended 1 tablet per 20 gallons of water. I have a pill splitter and treat 5 gallons at a time with 1/4 tablet. Your plan should work just fine.
05-31-2012, 03:16 PM
Didn't see this, Tim. I agree with the above. My friends in MI do the night before treatment with campden.
I bought a filter housing at ACE hardware with the PET fittings to allow a garden hose. I put it on the end of my hose and push it through a carbon/paper cartridge prior to use. It doesn't take long.
06-14-2012, 11:40 AM
kinda weird dropping that crushed teeny tiny tablet into 15 gallons of water, but sure enough I smelled not a trace of chlorine the following day. I may still be a newbie, but I am on the move now with great mashing efficiency and now odor-free water.
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