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Old 03-10-2011, 10:58 PM   #1
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Default Garden hose water... how bad is it?

I'm not a beginner but I've been thinking about this for a LONG TIME and I'm sure others have too, that's why I'm posting it here. we're all new'bs no matter how long we've been brewing.

I brew outside as I've gone to all grain, HOWEVER I rent a house that has no outside tap. Carrying a big 10 gallon thin walled economy stainless pot with 8+ gallons of tap water out of the kitchen across a small deck, down 3 steps and out 15' to brew area is a PIMA! (and my hernia suffers later) while scrubbing out brew pot last weekend I thought... how bad could the garden hose be? I've marked my pot to 9 gallons, so much faster if I could just run the garden hose to it~.

then I remembered a few posts here, rubbery flavors, non food safe materials, mom saying "Don't Drink from the HOSE! You'll get sick!" Blah Blah Blah. (lol I never got sick... water tasted funny, but meh, I was a kid.

That being said. what about a well flushed garden hose ran for 10 min + how long is it really in the hose? a few seconds at best?

What a bout one of those clear or green coiled hoses dedicated just to brew water and not left outside to bake in the sun?

thoughts. I'm liking the dedicated coil hose idea, don't think I want to use my 3 year old garden hose. If I can find clear again to monitor algae growth if any.

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Old 03-10-2011, 11:00 PM   #2
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My 'Hose Water Hefe' never gets any complaints! (for real though, I bought a new hose and use it exclusively for brewing. Our tapwater here is decent. What the hell, ya know?!)

I started off using bottled water in big jugs, but got tired of it, got lazy and used hose water. I'm no BJCP judge, but I can't tell a difference.

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Old 03-10-2011, 11:03 PM   #3
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If it tastes good, brew with it.

If it doesn't work out, don't do it again.

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Old 03-10-2011, 11:07 PM   #4
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Two things, first you could get a length of vinyl hose and get some hose fitting from (insert favorite home improvement store here) or you could also get a hose meant for filling RV's.

I know at my local ACE they sell food grade RV's hoses for about what a garden hose of the same length will cost ya and you know it's ok since it's designed to move potable water.

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Use it all the time. Nothing wrong with it. Just make sure there's nothing on the "out" end of the hose. (like dirt or other stuff..)

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Can't you just run it for 20 minutes into a gutter before pouring into your pot to get rid of the plastic/rubbery tastes?

I only use filtered water from the water bottling stations in front of grocery stores. I haul around my 5 gallon water bottles much farther (and up stairs) than what you are doing, and it is totally worth it in my opinion.

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That's the problem with a new hose. Might take longer than 20 minutes though.

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Get a drinking water safe hose like this



They are usually white and sold as marine or RV water hoses.

I use one of those going into a water filter when I brew outside.

No problems or off flavors added.

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I agree with using a rv type hose that can move potable water. Then you don't have to run it for 20 minutes to get rid off potential off flavours.

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your going to boil it anyway. so no risk of contaminating. but i would say do what you can to minimize off flavors (ie if you use a regular hose then let it run a while, otherwise buy the drinking water hose like my man said)

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