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Old 10-04-2012, 12:57 AM   #1
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Ok, so for the next two weeks I'm in a tiny place since my wife is doing some post-grad work in Chicago. Which means I'm migrating my brewing activity over to my parents' house, where there's loads of space.

Here's the problem: their new place has a water softener system on the whole house. Even the garden hose spigots outside the house. I'm about to send a sample off to Ward Labs, but am I likely looking at purchasing RO water for everything for the next couple of years?

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:03 AM   #2
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There's got to be a valve before the softener. Or you could truck a couple buckets of water over.

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:05 AM   #3
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Yes, you'll want any RO system unless the softener its self has some kind of bypass valve you can use to grab unsoftened water--though you probably would have to dilute with RO anyways, since the water needed a softener. An RO system big enough for brewing isn't very expensive, though.

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:33 AM   #4
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Sorry, I meant two years, not weeks.


And I checked, there's no cutoff valve before the softener. I guess my dad figured he wanted soft water to wash his cars. The funny part is the city water isn't bad - I used to use it at my old place.

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Sorry, I meant two years, not weeks.

And I checked, there's no cutoff valve before the softener. I guess my dad figured he wanted soft water to wash his cars. The funny part is the city water isn't bad - I used to use it at my old place.
What would be stopping you from dropping in a valve?
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:45 AM   #6
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Heh. Nothing, I suppose. Honestly though, I'll wait to see the analysis. They've apparently got a really new softener that's supposed to be very salt-efficient. If the result is too sodium-rich I'll just figure out a good dilution ratio. I'm just complaining about how my dad had his new house plumbed.

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:47 AM   #7
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Even if it's salt-efficient, one would think it'd still replace all of the calcium and magnesium with sodium (it'd just do that efficiently).

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Old 10-04-2012, 06:58 PM   #8
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This is one of those thread titles where you're not quite sure what that topic will actually be...

It sounds like you're thinking about your options if the water report isn't to your liking. If the city water is acceptable, why not get a couple of 5 gallon water cube containers and haul some water with you when go to your parents' house to brew? "BYOW." A bit of a hassle, but maybe less so than having to buy RO.

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:49 PM   #9
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I brew at home, and I used soft water and I have had not issues with flavor profiles. Maybe I am just lucky.

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I brew at home, and I used soft water and I have had not issues with flavor profiles. Maybe I am just lucky.
Me too... only had 1 bad batch, and many GREAT ones! And believe me, the 1 bad batch had NOTHING to do with soft water. Haha, unless a bunch of cats pissed in the water softener... Hahaha. Just my $0.02

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