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Old 11-26-2012, 08:53 PM   #31
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Your local water company/utility should regularly publish the results of its water quality tests. That's a good place to start. If you want the specific profile of your own tap water (as opposed to more generally what is coming out of the main utility pipe) you can send a sample to Ward Labs (search Ward Labs water test) and they'll tell you all about your water's mineral characteristics, including testing for the presence of harmful metals.

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:07 PM   #32
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Can I send some water to a lab to see if there's any zinc in it? I'll have to send a control sample as well.
yes you can . If you search for well water testing or similar you will find lots of places that test water for city and wells . Your local coop may do it as well .

 
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:51 PM   #33
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I think folks also send stuff to a company called ward? I've seen them mentioned in water chemistry as well as an interesting thread on before and after water samples done in an e-brewery build when the OP added a magnesium diode (might be the wrong word there) to prevent rust yo his element. Would be interesting to see what your water is like out of tap vs after 1 hour if boiling.

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:57 PM   #34
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the ****?

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:42 PM   #35
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:20 PM   #36
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Not too worried about the element rusting. It's chrome plated. Chromium doesn't dissolve in water like zinc.

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:02 PM   #37
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So, OP - it's been fermenting for a week now - have you taken any samplings? Tasted it? Are you dead?
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:23 PM   #38
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Not too worried about the element rusting. It's chrome plated. Chromium doesn't dissolve in water like zinc.
Famous last words?!

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:14 PM   #39
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Not too worried about the element rusting. It's chrome plated. Chromium doesn't dissolve in water like zinc.
I didn't mention that because you would have rust issues, the test was about the magnesium an node and how much magnesium was introduced after an hour long boil. The reason i brought it up is because i thought it would be interesting to see a similar test done. Take your water from the tap, boil for an hour and have that water tested to see if anything is leaching from the bucket or the fittings.

 
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:41 PM   #40
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...and mail it to my son in San Francisco for Christmas...(don't be hatin' )
<shaking head>

I expect you're sort of playing with us in an unconventional unfunny ghetto-style way.

But the ungrounded, unshielded, unprotected, un-GFCI'd element is a life-threatening hazard. An accident waiting to happen.

Your son may, or may not be savvy with open, live electrical connections, but a few seconds of inattentiveness or an unaware friend pointing at it with "wass dat?" could cause a major mishap, possibly death.

Plus you may give someone else the wrong idea. Who knows where this picture will surface in the next 20-some years?

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