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Old 11-11-2007, 12:45 AM   #1
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Default Garden hose bad for beer!

I have noticed a lot of brewers, especially AG, using water from the garden hose to brew. 99% of garden hoses are not safe to drink from, much less brew from.http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-le...arden-hose.htm

I had heard that from someone I trust a while back and a quick google popped up this site and a few others. Safe hoses are clearly marked and are not typically found in Home and Garden stores.

For those not inclined to care about their health, I can't imagine that lead does anything good for beer.

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Old 11-11-2007, 12:47 AM   #2
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Hence the reason why you should use an RV type Drinking Water Hose found at any RV Dealer.

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Old 11-11-2007, 02:43 AM   #3
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No need to pay RV dealer prices Wal Mart has them in the camping section of the sporting good dept. You can also find them at Home Depot. They are usually white and like the OP said clearly marked as "Drinking Water" or Potable Water.

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Old 11-11-2007, 05:38 PM   #4
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"Consumer Reports tested 16 of the most popular hoses sold nationwide, finding that many leached up to 100 times that amount at the initial flush of standing water."

As an occasional Garden hose user I always flush the entire hose before using the water. It is easy to tell when you have fresh water as the temp drops markedly.

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Old 11-11-2007, 05:49 PM   #5
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yep, just get an RV hose. $10 at walmart

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Old 11-11-2007, 07:03 PM   #6
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While I applaud anyone for trying to remove risk and help eveyone stay safe, garden hose lead levels mentioned in the research are hardly worth spending time worrying about. If you do want to buy a special hose for brewing or drinking I say go for it. I brew with a standard hose which is flushed before use. Many public water systems have the same levels of lead as did the hoses in the research. I dont see a problem either way: The comlete study can be found at the link below.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/b...-503/overview/

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As a correction to my post above, I use a standard garden hose which is labeled "safe for drinking" not the white rv hose. As I reread my post I think that it seems like im avocating using water hoses labeled "not safe". i apologize for the confusion

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While I applaud anyone for trying to remove risk and help eveyone stay safe, garden hose lead levels mentioned in the research are hardly worth spending time worrying about. If you do want to buy a special hose for brewing or drinking I say go for it. I brew with a standard hose which is flushed before use. Many public water systems have the same levels of lead as did the hoses in the research. I dont see a problem either way: The comlete study can be found at the link below.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/b...-503/overview/
I for one am not doing it for risk reduction but rather to make my beer the best it can be.

I've tried flushing out regular garden hoses and I can still detect a nasty plasticine taste and smell with regular garden hoses.

All the time and money I spend brewing my own beer is well worth the extra $12 for water that doesn't taste and smell bad.
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Time to toss out the hoses! I don't like the thought of anything with possible lead contamination being used for my son's pool or sprinkler or anything tlse.

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"While there can be minute amounts of lead found even in tap water, hoses made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or brass fittings can leach unsafe levels of lead into the water."

Aren't most waterlines supplying water to people's houses made out of PVC? Don't alot of people use brass fittings for other brewing stuff, mash/lauter tuns, etc? I'm not so sure that people should start throwing out their hoses...

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