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Old 02-15-2012, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default Using tap water via garden hose?

Im using a keggle to brew and was wondering if there was any reason not to fill your keg with a garden hose? I have a sightglass so no worries about questionable volume.

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Old 02-15-2012, 11:37 PM   #2
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If you get a food safe hose then it would be no problem, however most run-of-the-mill garden hoses will impart a rubbery taste to the water.

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Old 02-15-2012, 11:40 PM   #3
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It is what I do. Watch this bottle water tasting from P&T BS show

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Old 02-15-2012, 11:41 PM   #4
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Use a food safe RV hose (for campers, trailers, etc.). I think WalMart may carry those.

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I'm no expert, but I believe that regular garden hoses are not suitable for potable water. (Mine certainly aren't).
See http://containergardening.about.com/...Gardenhose.htm for some information.
You can however get special hoses that are supposed to be safe. Google rv water hose for hoses that are safe.

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Old 02-15-2012, 11:42 PM   #6
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^^^^ What he said, I know people who still do it and it drives me nuts but thats probably because I have worked in the hose industry for 10+ years now.. go to your local hose shop and get som clear vinyl or pvc braided hose. Its cheap and wont leech taste. Plus they will usually put garden hose fittings or whatever you want on it.

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They sell the potable water rv hoses (white in color) at Lowes.

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Is a typical garden hose still a problem if using an RV Carbon filter at the end of it?

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Is a typical garden hose still a problem if using an RV Carbon filter at the end of it?
Read this Article about drinking from a Garden Hose. There is a lot of info on this but i thought the article summed it up well.

Don't know if the filter could remove the possible lead and definite pvc odor, but I'd just rather use FDA approved potable water hoses.
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Read this Article about drinking from a Garden Hose. There is a lot of info on this but i thought the article summed it up well.

Don't know if the filter could remove the possible lead and definite pvc odor, but I'd just rather use FDA approved potable water hoses.
I got nervous after reading this thread, because I just started using a carbon filter with my standard garden hose 2 batches back. I used to use bottled water, which was too expensive. I decided to do a hydro reading real quick on the batch I brewed using the filter, and it seems to taste fine. I don't like taking chances, so I'm buying a rv hose this friday for my saturday brew!
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