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Old 05-18-2008, 03:09 PM   #1
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I do most of my homebrew activities under my carport and in an adjoining room. The only running water I have at the time is from a spigot outside. I do not have a food grade hose or a filter.
Is it okay to use my hose for cleaning, rinsing and sanitizing?

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Old 05-18-2008, 07:44 PM   #2
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Cleaning and rinsing (after cleaning) should be OK as long as you rinse it again prior to sanitizing (indoors, not using the outside hose).
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Old 05-18-2008, 09:21 PM   #3
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So, I shouldn't mix the outside water/hose with star-san? What is it that will get past the Star-san? Not that I doubt ya, just curious.

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Old 05-19-2008, 01:05 PM   #4
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The danger with using a non-potable-water hose is that they usually contain lead, so it's a health risk rather than a sanitation problem. If I were you, I'd just go get an RV-type potable water hose for brewing and be done with it... And one of those inline RV water filters wouldn't hurt either, depending on how good your water is to begin with.

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Old 05-19-2008, 10:21 PM   #5
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when i turned on my garden hose for the first time this season, brown, rusty water shot out.

that's reason enough not to trust it for too much.
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:42 AM   #6
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+1 on the RV hose. They're pretty cheap, and lead-free.


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Old 05-20-2008, 03:06 AM   #7
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Has anyone else seen the CA warnings on newer garden hoses? Wow, scary...

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Old 05-20-2008, 03:18 AM   #8
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I bought a RV water hose at Walmart for something like $10 - $15. For that little of money, it's well worth not taking the change using a garden hose. The also have those nifty water filters setting next to the RV hose so I picked one of those up too.
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