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Old 12-04-2010, 04:25 PM   #1
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Is brita the best or is there something that is better? They go for about $27 here and the cartridges go for $22. i usually spend about $6-7 on bottled water every batch. would it be worth picking up one of these? or should i pick up a couple of those 5 gallon water jugs so i can fill em up for 50 cents a gallon at the grocery store?



 
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Old 12-04-2010, 04:28 PM   #2
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how hard is your water? depending on your tap situation will depend on if you even need to filter. i have somewhat "hardwater" and if i am doing a pale ale i will use my tapwater or i will buy distilled at the grocery store.



 
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Old 12-04-2010, 04:30 PM   #3
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not real sure i don't really drink my tap water. I do know it comes from Lake Michigan though and Three Floyds uses it. I should ask them if they filter it. They do win awards for their beers. I don't really care for the taste of my tap water so I figured I would invest in a water filter.

 
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:02 PM   #4
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I use a PUR carbon filter. It's identical to a Brita filter, only it is an adapter that runs the purified water directly from the faucet (think Brita does that also). I live in Seattle and the water is fine to use in most all-grain batches without any filtration, though I do notice a significant improvement in taste with filtration. If you are doing extract batches, then I would suggest picking one of these up. They can do a recommended 100gals of water before needing to be changed. That should save you around 100 dollars and all the effort of dragging bottled water home from the grocery.

Now if you are doing all-grains you would have to know your water's chemistry. Which, in the end, you may ultimately have to carry a few bottles of distilled water on the side.

 
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:08 PM   #5
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you have a link to the one you have? did the math it will cost me $27+tax to pick up one of those brita on tap filters. and at 100 gallons per filter it will cost about .27 a gallon which the cheapest i've ever paid is around $.6 a gallon. is there a way to attach some kind of tubing to it so that i can run it into a bucket rather than filling milk jugs?

 
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:15 PM   #6
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Certainly. Best about it is that it has a switch to activate and disable when you want it to purify. And like all carbon filters it removes chlorine and chloramines, which is often the most hazardous-- to the beer's taste-- component in city water.

http://www.purwater.com/pur-products...-vertical.html

Edit: Brita's counterpart: http://www.brita.com/products/faucet-filtration/basic/

 
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:22 PM   #7
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they both look to be about equal price. do you know if the brita one has a switch to not filter water? would hate to unhook it all the time just to rehook it when brewing.

 
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:37 PM   #8
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I believe it does: "2 stream feature for regular tap and filtered water."

 
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:42 PM   #9
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alright thanks the reason i'm leaning towards brita is because that's all the store i work at sells and i hate driving all over the place in the snow

 
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:31 PM   #10
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well i bought the basic $20 brita tap filter today water tastes better than just tap so that's good



 
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