Much of the Midwest has hard water fluctuating between extremely hard to moderately hard water*. Hard water is measured by the amount of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium in your water.
It’s important to have a certain amount of minerals present in your water it achieve a flavorful tea. You can easily remedy this problem by filtering your water.
Filters can also remove odors and other chemicals such as chlorine and will greatly improve the taste of your final product .
*extremely hard = over 14 grains per gallon, very hard = 10.5 gpg, Hard = 7.0 – 10.5 gpg, moderately hard = 3.5 – 7.0 gpg, slightly hard 1.0 – 3.5 gpg, soft 0.0 – 1.0 gpg