[Homeroast] distilled water

Andy Thomas adt0611 at yahoo.com
Wed May 16 13:30:20 CDT 2012

If you like coffee made with distilled water compared to your alternatives, then you should use distilled water, IMO.

 From: j3r <j at j3r.org>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] distilled water
On 12-05-16 01:46 PM, Greg Gearheart wrote:
> Distilled water is quite a good solvent and "hungry" for anything it can
> dissolve and has the tendency to dissolve a lot more stuff than plain old
> "tap water."  This combined with the points made by others that humans
> prefer a little taste to their water would suggest to me that distilled
> water is not ideal for extracting good coffee flavor.

It is kind of counter-intuitive since the readiness of distilled water to dissolve substances would seem to make it ideal for brewing.

I will definitely rethink my coffee water situation. I dislike the taste of chlorine, which I know will evaporate out in time (or can be boiled out), but perhaps a charcoal filter would be the way to go.

The gunk left in my distiller after doing a few litres of water helps me to visualize that what comes out of my tap is pretty awful. For each few litres of tap water I am drinking 2 tablespoons or so of brown disgusting smelling "stuff". I love the taste of distilled water, as does my family. We have run the gamut of water filtration systems, bottled waters, etc.


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