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Old 07-04-2013, 03:49 AM   #1
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Default Who uses garden hose water to brew?

I recently finished a brew stand that will allow me to move my operations from my kitchen to my backyard deck. I'd like to fill my HLT with water from my garden hose. Anyone else do this without issue (or for that matter, anyone do this WITH issue)? I ask because I know garden hose water can have a detectable flavor and I'm sure there's bacteria in there, but those buggers will get killed off I'm sure.

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Old 07-04-2013, 04:05 AM   #2
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I recently finished a brew stand that will allow me to move my operations from my kitchen to my backyard deck. I'd like to fill my HLT with water from my garden hose. Anyone else do this without issue (or for that matter, anyone do this WITH issue)? I ask because I know garden hose water can have a detectable flavor and I'm sure there's bacteria in there, but those buggers will get killed off I'm sure.
I wouldn't use a regular garden hose. Not just because of the possibility of off flavors but, regular garden hoses supposedly produce cancer causing chemicals. They make "Drinking-Water-Safe" hoses. I use mine exclusively for brewing (filtered of course). I drain the water out and hang it up out of the sun when I'm done.
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Here's a good discussion about garden house water: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f36/usin...n-hose-304659/

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I use one but it is a Goodyear hose. I can't tell a flavor difference between it and straight from the tap.

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I use the white "RV Camper" hoses with a copper shutoff at the end to get water from my laundry room to my garage for brew day...works like a charm and cheap also

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I use an RV hose also. Got it at walmart.

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I use an RV hose also. Got it at walmart.
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I've been using my garden hose for all of my brews and none of them have had any off taste or anything of the like. I'm going on 8-10 batches of doing it that way too.

I'm not too worried.

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25' drinking water hose (Walmart)

Camco RV in-line water filter (also Walmart)

Works for me.
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I use bottled water, but when I have had to use the tap to meet volume, I undo the water hose and collect straight from the tap.

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