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Old 03-01-2010, 07:48 PM   #1
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I recently got my water report, the sample was taken from my kitchen sink. I usually brew with water from my outside hose. I wasn't really worried about the difference but now I feel like I should have waited for my hose to unfreeze before I sent my sample.

Does anyone have experience with water reports from different parts of their house? How much can it vary? BTW I have a 150 ft well as my source.

Just incase: My water:

calcium 9
Magnesium 3
Sodium 35
chloride 2
sulfate 1
bicarbs 115



 
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Old 03-01-2010, 07:53 PM   #2
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If they're both from the same source, then should be very little difference. Just prepare yourself for all the alarms that are going to be raised from you using a garden hose, e.g., leaching chemicals and bacteria.


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Old 03-01-2010, 07:59 PM   #3
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+1 to What TopDog said. I would avoid using a non potable water hose but hey if you think it tastes good, well, I'd still rather use an RV hose at least. I know how nasty the insides of regular garden hoses get, and how great rubber tastes.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:29 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I probably will just stop using the hose. I knew there would be bacteria living in it, but hey its all boiled. As for the chemicals, admittedly didnt think of that, though it does taste the same as water from the kitchen. I assume an RV hose is a special hose used for drinking water?

I have worked at many a golf course that fills the on-course water bottles straight from the hose. I think I have been drinking hose water my whole life!

 
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:36 PM   #5
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I use a potable water (blue) hose for my brewing water. It doesn't contain plasticizers, so is not as flexible as a normal garden hose. I don't worry about the bacteria, as it is boiled.

If both your hose and house get their water from the same source, and you don't have a water softener or anything in the house that is not on the hose, then the chemistry will be the same.

 
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:43 PM   #6
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I run my brew water to my garage through an RV hose. I have never noticed any bad flavors from that.

 
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:45 PM   #7
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+1 for the RV or potable water hoses. I wouldnt worry about bacteria from a garden hose as much as I worry about the taste.

My dogs don't even like water from the garden hose much
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:21 PM   #8
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RV water hoses are typically white with a blue stripe. They may give a odor at first but are made out of food grade materials, because everything in the state of California causes cancer (note humor here). I drank plenty of hose water as a kid myself and look I turned out great!
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:33 PM   #9
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Mmmm! Nothing like the first few sips of warm hose water on a hot Florida day. Takes me back
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RV water hoses are typically white with a blue stripe. They may give a odor at first but are made out of food grade materials, because everything in the state of California causes cancer (note humor here). I drank plenty of hose water as a kid myself and look I turned out great!
Yup, rode our bikes and skateboards around the neighborhood with no helmets and no adult supervision, rode in the front seat of the car with no booster seat, and drank the hose water when we got thirsty. Not to mention you could actually wander outside in the dog days of summer without the mosquitos carrying you away as they were liberal with the DDT. How did we survive?


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