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Posted Thu Feb 20, 2014, 3:08pm
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So I've heard this topic come up in various places on the interwebs...Apparently using bottled "Spring water" Works really well with coffee, it's got enough minerals and such and I heard it can make a great tasting cup of joe. I'm interested to try brewing with spring water, as maybe it'll be an upgrade my Brita and better then spending $400 on a water filtration system under my sink. Thoughts? Anyone heard of this?

 
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Posted Thu Feb 20, 2014, 9:01pm
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The spring water I get locally is very soft, nearly equivalent to RO. So I add about 1 part tap water to 6-8 parts spring water to get enough minerals for a good extraction.

I determined the mix proportion using an inexpensive aquarium test kit and Jim Schulman's Insanely Long Water FAQ.

The trick is to have enough hardness to brew, but not enough to scale up your boiler.

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Posted Thu Feb 20, 2014, 9:43pm
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Thecoffeenerd Said:

So I've heard this topic come up in various places on the interwebs...Apparently using bottled "Spring water" Works really well with coffee, it's got enough minerals and such and I heard it can make a great tasting cup of joe. I'm interested to try brewing with spring water, as maybe it'll be an upgrade my Brita and better then spending $400 on a water filtration system under my sink. Thoughts? Anyone heard of this?

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 I understand the importance of minerals needed in water for some machines to function but statements about taste aren't always true. I prefer the taste of distilled water yet it seems universally accepted that water with minerals tastes better.

I think once you get used to some thing anything different is worse.   As a kid used to love tap water and could not drink bottled water without grossing out.  I guess it didn't contain enough lead,  rust and arsenic or some other impurity that gave it that slightly sweet taste I remember.

The problem with pure (distilled) water is that it leeches the flavor of whatever stored it,  short of glass..  But come to think of it this is probably the of water in general,  only that having minerals in the water actually masks these impurities...

Also, it's quite expensive (in terms of time and energy) to make distilled water at home and it tastes terrible bought in plastic bottles.   The only solution I've found that works okay is ZeroWater... Unfortunately the water becomes acidic and,  strangely fishy when the filter starts degrading by the third or fourth gallon. probably due to bacteria in the filter producing volatile compounds...  To avoid this you have to change the filter more frequently.. So the cost of filters adds up quickly... They aren't cheap.
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Posted Mon Feb 24, 2014, 4:15pm
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Hey guys....  I know this thread started out 'bottled water' but LOOK in thread titled Water filter for coffee? for info on Berkey water filter systems. I've been looking at them myself---filters out the bad stuff but leaves the minerals intact. I'll be ordering soon. I saw the thread so put a Berkey link in there. TheCoffeeNerd is interested too since reading up on them.
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