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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2013, 8:14am
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I've never used a regular Brita filter, but I picked up two of their individual bottles the other day. I prepared four glasses of water to compare taste and then decided to also test them with my API GH & KH kit. The samples were tap and refrigerator dispenser (filtered) water and then the same passed through the Britas. I've read that Britas provide some degree of softening, but I actually found no difference in GH or KH results after testing all samples. Funny though, there was a significant reduction in hardness between the tap and fridge water samples. I also tested my in reservoir filtered water by drawing a cold sample from the group, and was glad to see it's still working. Has anyone compare the full size Britas to the small individual travel bottles?

 
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Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013, 11:09am
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nobody?  OK, I'm surprised.  I guess I'll have to buy the pitcher and see for myself.

 
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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2013, 11:46am
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I have one.  As far as I know it doesn't do much for softening.  For machine use I also use the pitchers. One idea would be to boil water for 10-15min and measure hardness based on time to get what you want.  I use the bottle daily at work. :)
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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2013, 2:54pm
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but you haven't actually measured hardness before and after running water through the brita pitcher?

 
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013, 7:26am
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No but it won't help with hardness much.  I've looked into this and the only solution would be a water softener or boiling hard water first.  Another option would just be a more frequent descaling schedule.
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013, 11:00am
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You might look into Zero Water instead.
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013, 1:15pm
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yeah, I looked at those a while back.  Was it you who posted about them several months ago?  There was something that kept me from buying.  I think it was primarily because I didn't want to use a pitcher to filter my water (plan to do a real plumb in one of these days).  In this thread, I was mainly interested in whether the brita bottle was on par with the other Brita products...but now that I look at the Zero again, I see they too sell personal travel bottles.  I'll probably pick up a couple of those and see how good they are for the road.  Thanks for the reminder!

 
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013, 1:52pm
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I was going to mention if anyone did a TDS on there water, theZero water did, I guess, but that is not the same as a hard water test. It is prefered to do a sampling and have it tested correctly, some pretty cheap test kits from Mcmaster.com. The TDS is testing for conductance of solids in the water. Or total desolved solids. there is a slight difference. I know we test various ways of water for water treatment of boilers and cooing towers.
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Posted Tue Mar 12, 2013, 5:07am
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CheapBastid Said:

You might look into Zero Water instead.

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I always use Brita and this may be my replacement. :)
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Posted Tue Mar 12, 2013, 1:11pm
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steamer Said:

I was going to mention if anyone did a TDS on there water, theZero water did, I guess, but that is not the same as a hard water test. It is prefered to do a sampling and have it tested correctly, some pretty cheap test kits from Mcmaster.com. The TDS is testing for conductance of solids in the water. Or total desolved solids. there is a slight difference. I know we test various ways of water for water treatment of boilers and cooing towers.

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yeah, TDS isn't all that important compared to carbonates, when the concern is scaling and how often to descale.  Since I'll be setting up a flojet plumb-in system, I'll be working to get my carbonates into the optimum range for espresso and my Duetto's care.  I actually own a commercial ion exchange tank - I think it's an 8 liter, but that doesn't really matter in regards to installing it.  I plan to setup one or more particle filters inline as well, but haven't figured it all out yet (still in the early planning stages).

Anyhow, I got into the travel bottle question for...well...travel brewing.  I use a Lido grinder and single serve Espro press at work (ok, sometimes I use my Aeropress), so travel size filtering is perfect for me.

 
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