If he actually meant it, then he is without a clue on how water varies in areas of our country. Is using bottled water also cheating? Using a carbon filter? RO system? He is fortunate to have good water like the guys in the northwest...most of the rest of us have to "cheat" to overcome local water problems that would preclude most beer styles. If I had Lake Michigan water, for example, like suburbs that lie about 20 miles east of my house, I would be able to brew with de-chlorinated tap water, too. And hey - he admits to boiling the water before use, so altering the water is already something he does. Why would an additive of natural minerals be considered much different?