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Old 10-26-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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Default What do you use to filter your tap water?

I was wondering what solutions people have found in order to filter your tap water. The solution on a small scale is just using your typical Brita filter, but that is not scalable when you are trying to filter enough water for a 5 gallon all-grain batch. Any suggestions or success stories regarding what you use to help filter a lot of tap water I would love to hear about being that I am looking to transition away from using spring water to help reduce my brewing costs.

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:49 PM   #2
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My tap water isn't to bad so I have a whole house filter with a carbon filter mounted on my brew rig. Works great for me.

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Old 10-26-2012, 04:13 PM   #3
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I use an RV filter attached to my outdoor spigot that cost me under $20 on Amazon. Flow rate is fast, and the filter has a long life. Water tastes sweet and no chlorine smell. Will not work for Chloramides (sp).

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Seems like I can just use campden tablets to eliminate the chloramides.

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I use an Culligan RV filter then treat for chloramine.

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This is the one I use. Lifetime guarantee, good quality, nice people.
http://www.purewaterproducts.com/model77.htm

It takes standard 9.75" X 2.5" Cartridges. You’re supposed to replace the cartridge annually, but I’ve used the same one for years, I just clean it.

My water supplier uses ozone, so I don’t have to worry about chloramine.

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This with an activated carbon cartridge. It made a noticable difference in the taste of my water. I plumbed it directly in to the spigot I installed in my garage for brewing. I also put a bypass so I'm not using filtered water for my chiller.
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I have a pur filter but I have started buying distilled or RO water and building up from there.

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I have an undersink filter (similar to the whole house previously shown, albeit with smaller in/out connections) that has a carbon/charcoal element. Flowrate isn't a gusher, but it'll do just a bit under 1 gpm though the 1/4" id tubing it's connected with. Maybe would do a bit more but I usually don't open the valve all the way because then the stream pressure is enough I have to restrain the tubing.

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I was wondering what solutions people have found in order to filter your tap water. The solution on a small scale is just using your typical Brita filter, but that is not scalable when you are trying to filter enough water for a 5 gallon all-grain batch. Any suggestions or success stories regarding what you use to help filter a lot of tap water I would love to hear about being that I am looking to transition away from using spring water to help reduce my brewing costs.
What are you trying to filter out?

If its Chlorine, just fill up some pots, and aerate them over 25 hours.

If its Chloramine, use 1/2 a Campden table (costs you 1.5 cents).

Particulate matter?
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