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Old 07-04-2013, 05:32 AM   #11
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any hose will get you 'hose water taste' if you let the water sit. I use a 6ft hose for brewing and I hang it up to dry after use.

The water from the hose bibb is the same water that comes out of your kitchen faucet and in your toilet.


I apologize if you already know this.

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Old 07-04-2013, 05:33 AM   #12
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You want to run a lot of water through it before use, water the garden, fill the rain barrle, wash kids, do what's ya gotta do.

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Old 07-04-2013, 03:39 PM   #13
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I use a garden hose too. I've been thinking about getting a dedicated hose for brewing though. The RV hose is a good idea.

Bacteria pre-boil isn't an issue, because... Boil.

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Old 07-04-2013, 03:46 PM   #14
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My LHBS put together a beverage grade hose for me (clear) w/ std. Brass faucet fittings. It's dedicated to just my brewing. I use a water filter w/ filter cartridge to fill my BK/HLT.
If were to change anything I'd opt for the high pressure beverage hose so that I could have a shut off valve at the filter.

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Old 07-04-2013, 03:46 PM   #15
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regular garden hoses have lead in them, read the label. Get yourselves a RV/ Marine hose, they even say "Lead Free" on them. OBTW....lead is tasteless

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California thinks everything has lead in it. I melt down wheel weights to cast into bullets, I've never had lead in my blood levels increase. Although I am not allowed in the state of California, if I go in I have to where a tag. "This person may contain high levels of lead".

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I live in a 75 year old house. I'm pretty sure most of my plumbing has lead in it.

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OBTW....lead is tasteless
Hate to break it to you but lead does have a sweet taste to it.
That's why the Romans drank from lead cups and kids liked to eat paint chips.
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Yes, garden hose water will show traces of lead...IF...the hose is left full of water in the hot sun for hours...

This test really does not represent the condition a brewer would use at all.

Sure it's personal choice, but the risk is way overstated IMHO.
Uninformed paranoia I call it...
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Hate to break it to you but lead does have a sweet taste to it.
That's why the Romans drank from lead cups and kids liked to eat paint chips.
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