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Old 06-08-2013, 03:39 AM   #11
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Get a drinking water grade hose, RV'ers use these all the time.

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Old 06-08-2013, 03:43 AM   #12
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regular garden hoses have lead in them, read the label

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Old 06-08-2013, 04:03 AM   #13
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I have an all rubber hose from Sears. I would think that would be pretty safe as long as I run some water through it?

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Water is a key ingredient to beer, buy an inexpensive rv water hose, they start under 10 on Amazon 25 for 50 feet.

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I barrow the RV hose from my camper for outside drinking water all the time. A new Python fish tank cleaning hose works good also. Or you can buy the clear hose and the compression fittings to make one of your own. I had a used Python that saw a lot of service running water to the cooling jacket on a condenser coil, took a lot of abuse and worked for a long time.

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Old 06-08-2013, 05:39 AM   #16
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Camco 22833 Premium 5/8"ID x 25' Drinking Water Hose

$19.44 at Amazon. Works great.

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Old 06-08-2013, 05:42 AM   #17
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have your wife or friend fill up two pint glasses - one from the hose and one from the kitchen and then have them do a blind taste test on you. If you notice an unpleasant difference then go buy a fancy hose like others are suggesting. If you don't notice then put your hose in the pot and fill 'er up.

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I use this one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Element-1...e#.UbK3j_mW-So

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Old 06-08-2013, 06:37 AM   #19
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have your wife or friend fill up two pint glasses - one from the hose and one from the kitchen and then have them do a blind taste test on you. If you notice an unpleasant difference then go buy a fancy hose like others are suggesting. If you don't notice then put your hose in the pot and fill 'er up.
Best answer to this thread! Lots of opinions here but no one has really answered the question. Try the test, see for yourself. If you can't taste it in a glass of water, you won't taste it in your beer...
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Demus, the question wasn't whether or not the water tastes fine, it was is it safe. Packersfaninsandiego already answered 'No' by saying garden hoses often contain lead. In addition to lead this LA Times article found many hoses containing pthalates and other nasty chemicals.

Water doesn't have to taste bad to be dangerous to your health. So again as Packersfaninsandiego said: Read the label on your hose to make sure it doesn't contain lead or other nasties.

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