That's also true - I forgot to mention that a campden tablet is always used to treat the water (sodium metabisulphate) - it removes free chlorine, flouride and chloramines. Star san is well spoken of on the forums and is an excellent sanitiser but it doesn't clean, which is one reason why you might want to use bleach (to do both) or use a separate cleaning product. Personally, I use Oxi powder for cleaning and an iodophor for no-rinse sterilisation.GA Russell wrote:Thanks, Owen! That's all good to know!
However, you mention the need to rinse three times. That is my concern. With iodophor, StarSan, Final Step and LD Carlson, there is no need to rinse. The product you use is so diluted it is safe.
If I lived in a town which is famous for its spring water, I would experiment with tap water to see how good and how different the result is. But in most areas of the US, the chlorine and fluoride levels in city drinking water are high, and I believe that one's homebrew will taste better if these chemicals are removed or at least substantially reduced.
The brewing forum I spend most time on is Jim's Beer Kit