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Old 12-16-2007, 10:13 PM   #1
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I have a quick question, i've been buying spring water from the grocery store and its been turning out rather well its not very economical. My question is I just bought a PUR water 3 stage water filter and I was wondering if anyone has used it. I am unable to find anything about my local water profile and the department of water here SUCKS bad and wont tell me anything about the profile. Does anyone have any sugesstions as to what is the best water to use for the price?


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Old 12-16-2007, 10:30 PM   #2
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I've been using the faucet PUR filter for years now without any problems.

Water composition spec sheets can requested from your utility co.


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Old 12-16-2007, 10:31 PM   #3
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I have a quick question, i've been buying spring water from the grocery store and its been turning out rather well its not very economical. My question is I just bought a PUR water 3 stage water filter and I was wondering if anyone has used it. I am unable to find anything about my local water profile and the department of water here SUCKS bad and wont tell me anything about the profile. Does anyone have any sugesstions as to what is the best water to use for the price?
You can do your own ROI analysis and look into whether a Reverse Osmosis (R/O) system would be feasable over buying water. For about $150 you can get a whole-house set up.
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Old 12-17-2007, 03:44 AM   #4
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If you call the water company, explain why you need a water analysis, and politely ask to speak to one of their chemists, you will probably get what you want.
If they still won't give you the information, you can get an analysis from http://www.wardlab.com (test W6) for $16.50, and then try billing the water company for your costs.

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Old 12-17-2007, 04:08 AM   #5
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I've been using the PUR for 6 months and the beer has been great. Still, it might be different with what's in your local water.
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:27 AM   #6
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your local gov't is required to provide that info. it's amazing what just 30 seconds with google can produce.

city of toledo water report

 
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Old 12-17-2007, 11:52 AM   #7
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Most do post it

http://www.townoflaplata.org/vertica...F8BF065%7D.PDF

 
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Old 12-17-2007, 03:34 PM   #8
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your local gov't is required to provide that info. it's amazing what just 30 seconds with google can produce.

That's an amazingly vague report - I didn't even see Total Hardness or anything.

The PUR filter doesn't strip dissolved minerals, so if Toledo's water tastes bad because of mineral content, it won't do very much to help. I've brewed with groundwater over 600 ppm of total hardness (similar to Burton-on-Trent's water), and it makes fine Burton-style ales, but for everything else, I had to buy RO water.

I would do a blind study - take some water from the filter and some that bypassed the filter and try to tell the difference without knowing which is which. If the filter makes a demonstrable difference, use the water for brewing; otherwise, buy RO water or have an RO system installed for your house, then make your mineral content as desired with brewing salts.

 
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Old 12-17-2007, 03:42 PM   #9
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My GOD. I posted a thread saying that garden hoses could introduce lead into your beer. People were actually pissed at me, calling me an alarmist. It is good to see a thread where people actually care about their water chemistry.
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Old 12-17-2007, 04:02 PM   #10
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My GOD. I posted a thread saying that garden hoses could introduce lead into your beer. People were actually pissed at me, calling me an alarmist. It is good to see a thread where people actually care about their water chemistry.
I would not call you an alarmist, but i had to thaw my hoses so i could hook them up to the CFC last weekend. So i filled the bathtub up with hot water and put the garden hoses in there. When they thawe I worked the water out of them so it would get all over the house as i took them outside. The crap that came out of the hoses was astonishing. And to think i drink from them in the summer sometimes while outside. No more!

Some kind of crazy sediment crap. nothing i want in my beer either.


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