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Old 03-05-2011, 04:41 AM   #1
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Folks,

I will be brewing in my detached garage. one problem. No water. I was going to run a hose from my house hose spigot to a charcoal filter attached to my brewsystem, then into my Hot Liquor Tank.

Have any of you ever experienced a bad result from using a garden hose? I just remember as a kid on a hot summer day, drinking from the hose and it tasting like a tire.

Any suggestions for a "remote" brewery water supply?

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Old 03-05-2011, 04:46 AM   #2
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Don't do it. Those hoses have all kinds of crap in them that you don't want to drink. If you want brewing water from a hose, get an RV potable water hose. They also sell RV water filters that you can hook up to them that are pretty useful for brewing purposes.

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Old 03-05-2011, 04:51 AM   #3
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I use a rv hose and have no issues but a regular green hose NASTY...

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FWIW I brew with water from my standard, non-potable, hose and my beer turns out fine. I think the water chemistry matters more than the hose that delivers it. That is assuming your hose isn't filled with nasty swamp water muck and what-not. Any bacteria or wild yeast/mold will be boiled off.

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Old 03-05-2011, 07:13 AM   #5
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FWIW I brew with water from my standard, non-potable, hose and my beer turns out fine. I think the water chemistry matters more than the hose that delivers it. That is assuming your hose isn't filled with nasty swamp water muck and what-not. Any bacteria or wild yeast/mold will be boiled off.
I think the specific hose will matter a lot. When I was a kid, the hoses we used for sprinklers tasted like hose.
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i would think if you had a specific hose (not nessecarlity an RV hose) just for that purpose, cleaned and dried it when done, no probs.

home depot type places sell clear vinyl tubing in various sizes if "seeing" in the hose is an issue for you.

bottom line - when in doubt, test.
run some water from the ol garden hose, boil it, cool it and taste/smell using your kitchen tap water as a control.

this would satisfy me as to whether or not i would use it.

just my 2 cents. Slainte'

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Take off you hoser!

Sorry, couldn't resist...
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:58 AM   #8
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A question and a comment...

Question: What in the h**l is that post ^^^?

Comment: If you let some water run in the hose before using it, the nasty "Hose-taste" will be eliminated. At least it worked that way when I was a kid!

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Great tips, gang. I am installing a charcoal filter, so that will certainly help. Also, letting it run a bit and a high quality RV hose may do the trick.

Thanks!!!

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FWIW I brew with water from my standard, non-potable, hose and my beer turns out fine. I think the water chemistry matters more than the hose that delivers it. That is assuming your hose isn't filled with nasty swamp water muck and what-not. Any bacteria or wild yeast/mold will be boiled off.
FWIW some non-potable hoses have lead and other bad stuff in the lining that will leach into the water. In fact many specifically have warnings on them not to use it for drinking water. Many gardeners won't use a "garden" hose for this reason. If you are growing vegetables and watering them with water that has traces of lead, that same lead ends up in your food.


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