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Old 07-04-2013, 03:33 PM   #21
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I've been using a garden hose for all my beers for years and have no issues and brew award winning beers so IMVHO if the water tastes fine all is good...

I don't let water sit in the hose and I allow it to run until its cold before I use it as well

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I use a Camco RV inline filter on my garden hose. I do let the water run for a few mins before filling my kettle.

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Old 07-04-2013, 03:56 PM   #23
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I've used the cheapest hose available at Lowes for all my brews. I do employ common sense in the form of flushing the hose out well before running any beer-water.

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my past few brews have been from a garden hose with no off flavors. But i think i may want to buy a RV hose just to be safe.

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I'm fairly new to brewing, but I've been using regular garden hose with a carbon filter on the end. I need 100ft of hose to get to the building where I brew. I'm going to run a hydrant over there and will probably switch to white rv hose when I can get by with 25ft. Drinking from the end of my filtered hose the water tastes great so I figure the beer should be fine. I haven't tested it or anything beyond the taste test. For a beginner like me I think I have bigger things to look at besides the hose.

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But i think i may want to buy a RV hose just to be safe.
Be careful driving to get the RV hose, the car ride to the home center may be more inherently dangerous than drinking from the garden hose...

Just kidding around, I need to get a short length of hose, I may as well get a potable one...carrying 10 -15 gallons of brewing water from the spout to basement brew rig is getting old!

I'm off to check out Ebay so I can avoid the dangerous car trip to Lowes.

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Be careful driving to get the RV hose, the car ride to the home center may be more inherently dangerous than drinking from the garden hose...
I know what you I always seem to walk out with more than I intend too!
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I use a garden hose for my brew water. It's a 25' hose hooked up to a carbon filter. I also flush the the hose and filter with the tap water for about 30 seconds before filling my HLT. I also disconnect the hose and don't allow water to sit in the hose between uses. I also have very soft, neutral pH water that isn't as conducive to leaching chemicals as some waters.

From everything I've read and understand, the problem of leaching comes from when stagnant water sits in the hose for long periods of time between uses, especially when exposed to outdoor temperatures typical of summer time when hoses are used more frequently.

Also, yeast is great at absorbing heavy metals like lead (from pvc hoses and some plumbing) and copper (from chillers) that may be present in the wort.

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Old 07-05-2013, 02:07 PM   #30
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Heading to Wal-Mart today to check out the RV hoses... I have been using a wagon to cart my keggles back and forth from the garage to the house. Its getting old.

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