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« on: August 11, 2017, 07:04:54 AM »
So, out and around town for work. I have my 2 5 gallon RO bottles with me and my TDS meter to be safe. I wind up in a branch of our huge grocery chain that I have not been in before. I don't know if they have an RO machine or not, so I go in to scout it out. I take my meter just in case. As I walk through the produce section, I see the machine just past the salad bar. I pick up a 2oz empty dressing container from the salad bar to draw a test sample into. So glad I tested it. 2 spigots on the machine, one tested at 197ppm and the other at 200ppm. Guess I need to make another stop elsewhere; and I'm glad this isn't the store closest to home. The machine had a sticker on it saying it was serviced on 7/27/17, so at 2 weeks, it either gets a ton of use or got a shabby service job. Thanks go out to Hoosierbrew for recommending the cheap pocket TDS meter that just saved my next brew day from disaster!

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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 07:36:05 AM »
Good to hear, Frank. It's cheap protection. I've seen the same many times - an inspection sticker within the month and water with unacceptably high TDS. Inspections are obviously a joke at many places. The meter is a great cheap purchase.
 
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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 09:43:33 AM »
Did the machine say it was RO?

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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 09:55:08 AM »
Yes, same Glacier dispenser that all the Kroger's around town have

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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 10:03:12 AM »
Yes, same Glacier dispenser that all the Kroger's around town have

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Our local Kroger stores all have Glacier RO machines. Some are notorious for high TDS water and recent inspection stickers. Pretty sure the inspections get pencil whipped.
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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2017, 12:38:12 PM »
7ppm at the next location I hit. So much better. Service date if 8/10/17. Proper work done I guess

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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2017, 01:35:40 PM »
7ppm at the next location I hit. So much better. Service date if 8/10/17. Proper work done I guess

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Much better!
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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2017, 03:49:27 AM »
Man, I stopped testing mine after a couple times hitting the mark.  I'll have to bring the TDS meter along next time. 

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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2017, 07:21:47 AM »
Question- why do grocery stores offer RO water rather than just carbon filtered?  What else are people using this water for?  If I'm not mistaken, its not a particularly good idea to drink RO water straight because it strips minerals from our bodies.

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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2017, 01:41:40 PM »
If I'm not mistaken, its not a particularly good idea to drink RO water straight because it strips minerals from our bodies.

That's an idiotic internet statement. There are plenty of people around the world that drink rainwater. Rainwater is often as pure or purer than RO water. RO does not strip minerals from your body. The only thing it does is not supply minerals. Fortunately, we typically get all the minerals we need for metabolism from our foods.
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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2017, 01:44:42 PM »
Question- why do grocery stores offer RO water rather than just carbon filtered?  What else are people using this water for?  If I'm not mistaken, its not a particularly good idea to drink RO water straight because it strips minerals from our bodies.

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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2017, 03:53:22 PM »
Thanks for dispelling that internet nonsense, Martin. The net can be a great thing but unfortunately is also a source of bogus (even dangerous) info.
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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2017, 07:44:07 PM »


Man, I stopped testing mine after a couple times hitting the mark.  I'll have to bring the TDS meter along next time. 

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JT, this was easily the largest variance I have seen, but I always bring my meter, at least for the last 2+ years. Usually right where I want it, but definitely some screwy results occasionally


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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2017, 07:45:14 PM »
Portland OR has water close to RO as far as TDS,and better than some machines around here They seem to be pretty healthy out there.
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Re: Water Quality
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2017, 08:39:30 PM »
Portland OR has water close to RO as far as TDS,and better than some machines around here They seem to be pretty healthy out there.


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