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Old 04-28-2008, 08:19 PM   #1
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I did my first AG over the weekend and hauled water out to brew. The garden hose is right there. My gut tells me not to use it. Can you? I know California has some silly rule about drinking from a garden hose but the rest of us do it all summer long. What do you think?


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Old 04-28-2008, 08:20 PM   #2
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Get yourself a garden hose suitable for potable water (they're usually white, sometimes labeled as RV water hose) and you're good to go.


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Old 04-28-2008, 08:29 PM   #3
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Regular garden hoses are not food grade - they leech chemicals into the water. I have nothing to back this up than what I've been told by different sources for a long time, but I think that you are better safe than sorry.

That said, I used to drink from the hose when I was a kid.
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IIRC, the danger is lead - apparently non-potable water hoses usually contain lead and when water is left sitting in the hose for a while, very high levels can leech into it.
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IIRC, the danger is lead - apparently non-potable water hoses usually contain lead and when water is left sitting in the hose for a while, very high levels can leech into it.
That's right - I knew there was something - the heavy metal count in my blood has unfortunately made me unstable and forgetful

















j/k - but it is bad
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Old 04-28-2008, 08:34 PM   #6
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Yep...get an RV hose and while you're at it, pick up a charcoal filter for the hose:

http://www.amazon.com/TastePURE-4004...11945&sr= 8-2

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Ditto on the regular hose. I also use an in-line filter like the link below. Beats hauling water in/out of the house.

http://www.rvwholesalers.com/catalog...productid=2297

Any camping/RV store will have all that you need.

EDIT - BM beat me and he has flashy pics too . Thats my exact setup.
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home depot has "recreational" hoses which have a liner inside them that make it safe for drinking out of.
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I just bought some hoses for my house this weekend, and also read the warnings against drinking from hoses. The lead content is at the top of the list, but another reason to avoid using a regular garden hose, is that when used for landscaping, these hoses often come into contact with chemicals such as fertilizer and pesticide. Also, warm water left in a hose is not sanitary, and can breed the little critters like petri dishes!
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I use something like this attached to my tap outside.

Unlike the one pictured below i have more hose and no hard pvc so i can just put the hose into my 5 gallon jugs. I also have an adjustable valve. I keep it around 3/4 gallon per minute, supposedly this will filter chloramine, and the charcoal filter is good for .5 micron.

Hopefully this is good enough for all-grain brewing.. i've mainly been using for it extract and the couple partial-mashes i've done.



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