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Old 02-26-2007, 08:40 PM   #1
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I cannot use my water because it is nasty. I buy water for my all grain brewing by the 5 gallon jugs like the same kind you find on a water cooler. I know this water is RO and have just read that is bad for all grain. What water should I use, maybe bottled spring water?


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Old 02-26-2007, 08:45 PM   #2
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There is a great write-up in BYO for a inline water filter. It's cheap and easy to build, I think Dude already made one. I just got the parts and should be building it soon. It brings down the cost of water to like 1 cent a gallon.


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Old 02-26-2007, 08:56 PM   #3
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I'd try spring water. But if it is much more expensive, you may want to look into building your own water from the RO water. The only thing you need is a scale pecise enough to measure mg (check e-bay) and a collection of salts.

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Old 02-26-2007, 08:59 PM   #4
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Could somebody post the linked to the BYO topic on building an inline water filter. I, as well, have been using purchased, natural spring water to brew with as my city water is quite chlorinated. I have been adding gypsum, chalk, and/or non-iodized salt as needed during the boil to complement any lack of minerals due to the water.
I am still curious as to the detrimental effects "pure" water may have had on my brewing, especially since I have just started partial grain brewing.
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Old 02-26-2007, 09:18 PM   #5
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I could not find a way to get it on-line, but here is the next best I could do.

Parts needed:

* (1) 2"90 -degree elbow PVC (male and female ends see pic)
* (2) 2" x 1/2" bushing adapter pVC
* (1) 2"x3" coupling PVC
* (1) 1/2" male threadx 5/8" hose barb brass
*(1) 1/2" male thread x 1/2" hose barb brass
* (1) Culligan WHR-140 filter.

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I am still waiting on the filter , was supposed to be here today. Dude said he had to glue it all together because it leaked big time before. So I went ahead and bought the glue. I found the filter at amazon.com for $13.95 before shipping. Hope that helps!
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So what are you guys saying to do, filter my bad tasting water? Or filter the store bought water? I have a well but the water smells like ass. Is all natural spring water my best bet or filter the ass water..lol ?
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I have been using bottled spring water so far. It gets a little pricey but so far so good. I am not sure about the well water though? Bottled spring water may be your best option.
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So what are you guys saying to do, filter my bad tasting water? Or filter the store bought water? I have a well but the water smells like ass. Is all natural spring water my best bet or filter the ass water..lol ?
Smells like Ass...or rotten egg's? if it's eggs thats Hydrogen sulfide, and an activated charcoal filter would help with that. have you had your well tested to see what the water quality is or the mineral content is?

In my area there are water vending machines that sell water for 25 a gallon, at the grocery store.

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Will an activated charcoal filter help remove the "city taste" from water. I am just worried about purchasing the wrong filter to remove the chlorine and other things they put in it. Is a RO the only one that will help?


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