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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2011, 05:32:36 AM »
-1 on the RV hose. Mine gave me a weird chemical off-flavor that took forever to find because I broke the rule of only changing one thing at a time.

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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2011, 10:17:54 AM »
OK, let's be more specific.  When you say RV hose, was said hose medical/food grade vinyl?  I'm assuming there are various grades of "RV hose" but I'm concerned about this issue as well. Tempted to find 3/4 or 5/8" silicone hose build my own dammit.
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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2011, 12:16:14 PM »
When I got mine, I got it by the foot from HD and added the hose fittings at each end.  It doesn't look like the RV hose, it's clear with reinforcement running through it.
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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2011, 06:11:01 PM »
I bought this one from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-22743-TastePURE-Drinking-Water/dp/B0006JLSNI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302051905&sr=8-1

I love it, no off flavors even in Pils.  I would buy longer though, you can never go wrong with a longer hose.

Now let me ask, does anyone have a source for lead-free, food-grade garden hose fittings (valves, tees, etc.)?  I'm succumbing to media brainwashing and starting not to trust my faithful brass fittings...
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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2011, 07:09:09 PM »
If you are looking for something like, hard plumb it and leave it, CPVC is great. Dirt cheap, and you could train a monkey to put it in for you.
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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2011, 07:14:47 PM »
Yea...nothing like the aroma of a good garden hose coming from your beer. Yucchh  ;)

White potable water hose should do the trick. I have a couple reels of them in my RV and plan to start using one with my new water filter.
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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2011, 10:26:15 AM »
From looking into this more around the net I've seen some systems where guys are using the "white HD or Lowes" RV & Boat medical grade potable water hose ($12.00) and slapping a Whirlpool House filter on it.  I like this idea.  Think what I'll do is this; when I get to the brewery I'll hook up the RV & Boat hose that I bought (still in the packaging) and fill a nice frosty glass full and take a taste.  If it tastes fine, no worries; proceed as planned.  If it's just a little bit funky, I'll invest in the filter.
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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2011, 10:27:18 AM »
Run a little water on to the ground first just to make sure it is cleaned out. :)
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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2011, 07:30:32 AM »
I've always used a regular hose, never had a problem, just run some water through it first, no smell, tastes good.  You guys are making me paranoid. :)
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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2011, 07:53:15 AM »
I've always used a regular hose, never had a problem, just run some water through it first, no smell, tastes good.  You guys are making me paranoid. :)
Me, too.  No smell from my hose.  I've been using it for years.  It isn't the skinner vinyl looking type, though.
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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #25 on: April 07, 2011, 07:56:36 AM »
I've always used a regular hose, never had a problem, just run some water through it first, no smell, tastes good.  You guys are making me paranoid. :)

Same here, but this thread has me wanting to go buy an RV hose!  lol
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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #26 on: April 07, 2011, 08:04:05 AM »
I've always used a regular hose, never had a problem, just run some water through it first, no smell, tastes good.  You guys are making me paranoid. :)

+1 As a matter of fact, I just bought then returned a "RV" hose because it smelled way too vinyly... The directions said to flush before using, the same thing I do with my current hose!
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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #27 on: April 07, 2011, 08:13:50 AM »
I've always used a regular hose, never had a problem, just run some water through it first, no smell, tastes good.  You guys are making me paranoid. :)

+1 As a matter of fact, I just bought then returned a "RV" hose because it smelled way too vinyly... The directions said to flush before using, the same thing I do with my current hose!

Now I'm torn.  Do I switch or not?  I haven't noticed any 'hose' type flavor or aroma in any of my beers. 
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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #28 on: April 09, 2011, 09:49:25 AM »
I thought garden hoses leached lead, too?  Isn't that why you see the special vegetable and pet outdoor hoses?  Or perhaps that's just marketing FUD?
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Re: Best material to build potable water hose?
« Reply #29 on: April 10, 2011, 07:09:55 AM »
I'm thinking of picking up THIS hose.

It's lead free & has a bacteria/mold inhibitor. 

Good choice?  Thoughts? 
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