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Old 10-26-2012, 07:28 PM   #11
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Yea, many carbon filters won't help with chloramines (some will, just be sure to check). I don't filter my extremely hard water at all, just campden.


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Old 10-29-2012, 12:02 AM   #12
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Does the screen in the faucet count?


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Old 10-29-2012, 10:25 AM   #13
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My water is perfect. I just add campden for chloramine.
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Most of us build one of these as you've seen. It's pretty simple and, depending on which filter you go with, should cost well under a $100.

The beauty of these is that you can select different filters for more or less results. A .5 micron will get most of the nasties out, but you can also get a level 4 filter for it which will clear out almost anything. It's not an RO system, but will still give you easy access to filtered water. I'm on a well, so I'm more concerned about sediment than I am chlorine and chloramines.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:23 PM   #15
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My variation to the above.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/photo/mo...lter-6423.html
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:34 PM   #16
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Whole house system:
http://www.pelicanwater.com/water_fi...rs_with_UV.php

And this system for under the sink for 100% RO brewing water:
http://www.waterfilters.net/PuroTwis...is-System.html

Pretty costly but our city water was so hard that our shower heads were constantly clogged with Calcium.
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I just use the water as is ... out of the tap into the HLT. I did send a sample to Wards and use the results to add some CaCL2 and CaSO4 and some acid depending on what I am brewing ... my water is wonderful, right straight out the ground.
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We have great water in the Seattle area. In the past I treated with camden tabs, but the last (and most successful AG batch I've done) I forgot the camden this time and had no issues with anything wonky going on.
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Most of us build one of these as you've seen. It's pretty simple and, depending on which filter you go with, should cost well under a $100.

The beauty of these is that you can select different filters for more or less results. A .5 micron will get most of the nasties out, but you can also get a level 4 filter for it which will clear out almost anything. It's not an RO system, but will still give you easy access to filtered water. I'm on a well, so I'm more concerned about sediment than I am chlorine and chloramines.

I built one of these. I'm switching to an RO set up soon to control my water chemistry. One of the guys in my club builds his own water profiles and I'm pretty certain it's the Je ne sais quoi in his beer. At any rate, its my next step for sure.
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RO made great shift to my beers, I think it is worthwhile $80 I spent for it.
Water chemistry is interesting aspect of brewing and every thing you learn will pay you back in better beer.


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