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Old 10-26-2013, 12:38 AM   #1
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Maybe someone will find this interesting...

I've been brewing for about 10 months and have probably done about 6-7 batches. I realized quickly that because my tap water tastes horrible that I would have to buy spring water from the grocery store at about $1 per gallon. Since I'm looking for ways to lower the cost of each batch I've been researching how to build a DIY water filter for brewing. I came across the following ideas:

$ I priced it out at just under $40. This looks awesome but seemed relatively complicated to me.

http://byo.com/stories/item/399-build-your-own-water-filter-projects
This one is about $20 but the filter doesn't exactly remove chlorine - it just "lessens" the chlorine.

I was hoping for a filter that would remove chlorine and sediment. This is what I came up with. After doing a taste test against a few bottles of water it tastes great.



Took me 5 minutes to assemble and one trip to Home Depot. Part numbers and instructions in this video:

http://www.4shared.com/video/tveAarXt/20_dollar_water_filter.html?

Let me know what you think or if I missed anything.

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Old 10-26-2013, 01:10 AM   #2
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Or buy one of these for $17.74 - http://www.amazon.com/Camco-40043-TastePURE-Flexible-Protector/dp/B0006IX87S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382749590&sr=8-1&keywords=camco+filter

I use one hooked up to my outside water outlet (my brew rig is in the garage) along with a "drinking water hose" - http://www.amazon.com/Camco-22783-Reinforced-Fresh-Water/dp/B004ME11FS/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1382749696&sr=8-11&keywords=drinking+hose+camco
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How is the flow? How fast can you fill up a 5 gallon bucket? I have one of these in my fridge. Is it any better than that? Could I just sit there and fill up pitchers until the cows come home?

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Or you can take your Carboy or bucket and have it filled with spring water 5G for $1.25

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Or you can take your Carboy or bucket and have it filled with spring water 5G for $1.25
Where are you getting your 5 gallon $1.25 fills?
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Where are you getting your 5 gallon $1.25 fills?
I would imagine he is talking about one of the machines to refill water at the grocery store. Pretty much all stores have them. Usually is right at .25 a gallon. I was planning on using water from the local store but decided on going with the "If its good enough to drink its good enough to brew" route.
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This is what I have been using. Works great.
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Whatever system you decide on, spend the $20-30 and have a sample analyzed at a lab for you. You will know exactly what your water profile is and can make smart adjustments to it when needed (style specific).

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Where are you getting your 5 gallon $1.25 fills?
Right outside the grocery store they have the spring water dispensers $0.25 a gallon just like Mike said, I live 3 blocks from a grocery store so I can pick it up right before I brew.
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That's not spring water.. it's RO water. IIRC

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