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Old 11-17-2009, 09:12 PM   #1
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I am using a basic garden hose for delivery of my water to my pots. I do have it hooked up to a filter for chlorine elimination. Is there going to be any adverse effect, or for that matter any effect from using one of these hoses or do I really need something that is food-grade. I was questioned on this and don't have any idea. Can anyone help?

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Old 11-17-2009, 09:15 PM   #2
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beware of getting that rubber garden hose flavor, it will shine through in the finished beer, I would suggest using only food grade lines for water delivery, its not a good feeling to have 5 gallons of hose flavored brew to choke down or dump

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Old 11-17-2009, 09:16 PM   #3
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Garden hoses are not meant for potable water.

However, I didn't know that as a kid and grew up fine. The pollups eventually subsided and I could once again do the flying tumble jacks.

Lots will chime in about lead, rubber phenols, etc... and those are valid concerns but, perhaps, just a smite bit over emphasized.

At any rate, never hurts to get a food grade RV hose from the hitches and tail lights section at your local box mart.

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Old 11-17-2009, 09:17 PM   #4
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A buddy of mine is on city water, just like me and uses a normal garden hose and no filter. I use a white RV water hose and carbon filter, and run it super slow to get all the chlorine and chloramine out. Both of us make damn good beer, so I wouldn't worry about it too much. I personally don't like the idea of chlorine, especially not in my beer...but that's more preference than anything else.

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I have the white RV hose with an RV filter too. My concern wasn't chemicals, it was the garden hose "taste." Do you need to worry about that? I suppose it depends on how tuned your palette is.

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Thanks! Much appreciated!

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Old 11-17-2009, 09:34 PM   #7
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I'd use food grade.

I work for an environmental company and it is typically standard industry practice to sample from nearest the water source when taking samples...sampling from a hose outside of a residence is last and worst case because a hose on the lawn (believe it or not) will absorb chemicals and other nasties!

Of course if you are using a new hose that is flushed and you don't discern an off odor or taste difference, go for it.

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Yeah, um....that "garden hose flavor"???

That's called Lead.

Not good for the body, deadly to brain cells.

I posted a thread about that years ago (it's a long story, I moved and got a new computer and e-mail address, could not acces the work e-mail that was on file here.....) and people went nuts.

One guy insisted he was an MIT brainiac, so lead couldn't have been better for him.....(you'd think he would have been smarter than that, guess it was all that lead lined stout)

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Yeah, um....that "garden hose flavor"???

That's called Lead.

Not good for the body, deadly to brain cells.

I posted a thread about that years ago (it's a long story, I moved and got a new computer and e-mail address, could not acces the work e-mail that was on file here.....) and people went nuts.

One guy insisted he was an MIT brainiac, so lead couldn't have been better for him.....(you'd think he would have been smarter than that, guess it was all that lead lined stout)
Interesting anecdote. What about if you flush a hose for a minute or so, then take a sample? Is there still a bunch of lead? How much lead exactly is in there, and is it a dangerous level?
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I think the RV hose is the next step for me. It is simple peace of mind, I want to plug any hold where off flavors can enter.

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