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Old 05-31-2010, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default Want to brew in my garage, no running water

To make a long story short, I wan to brew in my shop which is about 50 ft from my house (maybe a bit less) I need some water but don't want to invest a pile of money into running water for one or two uses per year. (most of my brewing will still be done indoors)

What can I use for a water line without spending a fortune?
I can get some food grade braided hose for about $50 and that is what i will likely do if I can't find anything cheaper.

Garden hose, I assume is out of the question and PEX line is cheap but not terribly easy to roll back up and put away, also I am told it will break down after a while if exposed to the sun.

Any ideas?
And do I need hot water? other than for cleaning? I can go with a a garden hose on my hot water line.

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Old 05-31-2010, 07:14 PM   #2
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I brew in my garage with no running water. I just make a few trips to the house to fill up buckets. It's not that much extra work. Especially if you're just brewing a few times a year.

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Old 05-31-2010, 07:17 PM   #3
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I brew in my garage with no running water. I just make a few trips to the house to fill up buckets. It's not that much extra work. Especially if you're just brewing a few times a year.
I thought about that, my idea was to brew 3-4 lagers (in the winter) at the same time in my garage, as I can control the temp and no need for a laggering fridge, so might be more than a few trips to get some water, but still an option.
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Old 05-31-2010, 07:28 PM   #4
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Hmm. A Potable Water hose works well for me.

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Old 05-31-2010, 11:32 PM   #5
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Hmm. A Potable Water hose works well for me.
Beautiful, I never thought about the camper/boat suppliers, I will check them out or order online if I can't find one. That's perfect.
Home depot had nothing.

Can you run hot water through them too?
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Define "hot"

I am sure there is an upper temp rating, but I have yet to run anything other than filtered tap water through mine...

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I use one of those camper hoses, too. I don't need hot tap water. I get my hot water out of the tail end of my immersion chiller.

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How big of batches do you do? Do you need water for cleaning and for the beer itself?

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This will be my first attempt at AG brewing, so I really didn't know if I needed hot water ot not, but figured it never hurts to have some at clean up time.
My plan is to do 3 or 4 batches at once so I can be more efficient with my heating of teh room, might as well heat/cool 4 buckets/carboys rather than one. However, I do fully plan on making 2 from a kit so as to save time.

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FWIW you could use a lead-free garden hose, or buy bottled water in jugs, or even carry water from the kitchen. All will work. But I have just used the regular garden hose and simply flush water through it for several minutes. Any lead or other chemicals will have passed through the hose by then. Generally you will get contaminants by having the water sitting there, especially when the hose is hot from being in the sun.

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