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Old 11-24-2008, 08:18 PM   #1
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Holy cow, I just spent an hour looking for a filter for my faucet and they all get TERRIBLE reviews. The Pur,Brita,kenmore, all of them. They all state that they start to leak quickly and they are a pain to take on and off.

This doesn't sound fun when you need to hook up things like a wort chiller.

What has your experience been with using a faucet filter? Have you found a reliable one? Should I consider an under the sink job?

Can you tell a difference since installing it?

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Old 11-24-2008, 08:30 PM   #2
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Why are you filtering water for your IC?

Most of us have opted to just buy the largish (whole house) canister type filters and necessary fittings to connect to a RV hose or garden hose as needed.

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Old 11-24-2008, 08:45 PM   #3
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Why are you filtering water for your IC?

Most of us have opted to just buy the largish (whole house) canister type filters and necessary fittings to connect to a RV hose or garden hose as needed.
Could you elaborate on this setup?

lol. I'm not filtering my IC water, I'm talking about having to take off the filter to hook up the chiller.

So does anyone actually use the faucet filters??
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Old 11-24-2008, 08:50 PM   #4
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If i could make a sugestion i would buy a pitcher filter that you dont have to take on and off all the time they are slightly slower then the facuet filter but they dont leak, you dont have to change it, they are cheaper,easy to replace filter, you can choose you take out the filter and inset sediment filters if needed, they are infinatly versitile and the filters are a fraction of the cost of the faucet models. Brita makes a very good one but it is more expensive then the pure or walmart brand model(1/2gallon model), but i bought 3 walmart brand (i dont remember what its named but its the cheapest one) so i could filter up a whole gallon at a time, cost about the same as a mid level brita faucet filter (thats with out extra filters for the pitchers your gonna need) and i used them until they basically fell apart and they worked great for what i used them for (filtering water, removing filters and put in sediment filters to filter beer, etc) Eventually bought brita one gallon model pitcher filters and those are great but also cost about 30 bucks a piece but i think alot less hassel then taking a faucet mount filter off and putting it on again and again, because they break, you lose O-rings, you break O-rings, they leak more everytime you take them off, the replacement filters are horriably expensive, and they only have one function... so i would sugest a 1 gallon brita filter picture and just filter a gallon at a time.... i have heard that Brita has a Water dispenser which holds 2.5 galons and has two 3 stage filters in it you might try that... hate to sound like a broken record but Faucet filters just dont cut it with me

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Old 11-24-2008, 09:18 PM   #5
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I've got something like this NSA Model 100S Replacement Water Filter and it filters all of my cold water in my kitchen - no need for a separate tap with mine and it lasts a few years

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Old 11-25-2008, 09:31 AM   #6
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+1 on the pitcher. Only down side is having enough water on hand. I have two milk crates- one with four gallons of filtered water, the other with unfiltered, as well as two gallons of filtered in my fridge. I use the unfiltered in my boils, and filtered for topping off to five gallons(only doing 2-3 gallon boil). Pain in the butt, but doesn't take too long to refill after a brew session. Cheaper.

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Old 11-25-2008, 10:00 AM   #7
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A Campden tablet works swimmingly.

One tablet crushed between two spoons will effectively treat 20 gallons of water, removing both free chlorine and chloramine.

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Old 11-25-2008, 02:39 PM   #8
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The big problem with faucet filters is the cartridges are small and expensive. Small means high flow rates, poor filtration and a short life. My house in Las Vegas had them on all of the sinks. I yanked them and installed a house filter.

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I just got one of the whole house filters but I didn't mount it under the sink. I use it in the garage with hoses attached. The best part is it has a bypass so you can leave it on the hose while using your chiller but you aren't filtering the chiller water.

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