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    What water filter do you use for coffee?
    or do you use straight tap water?

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    Re: Water filter

    Hi

    I use one of those Brita filter jugs with a cartridge. I dont replace it as often as they suggest. But it does cut down on some of the hardness of the water. I tested it with a conductivity meter some time ago and it did work, it decreased the conductivity of tap water to below normal tap water but above deionised water.

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    Re: Water filter

    I use the Wellness System
    After filtering the bad stuff out, the water passes through a special blend of minerals and a volcanic medium to put back good minerals back into the water
    Effectively itís like drinking and making coffee in spring water

    http://www.wellness.com.au/

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    Mostly used a Brita Jug Filter but will soon be completing a Bombora Filter installation under the sink and ultimately connecting that permanently to the Bezzera. Think it will work out cheaper in the end as replacing Brita cartridges on a monthly basis works out to a significant cost over 12 months....

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    Brita Jug filter for me, easy and painless.

    Mal

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    I watch for the specials on the Brita filters.
    4 for the price of 3 etc.
    Helps with the cost.

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    Re: Water filter

    Kmart and BigW are generally good for the brita specials.
    Does anyone know if they stop filtering immediately the timer is up?

    I cant taste any difference a few days after so i would imagine there would be some leeway and you may get an extra week out of each one if you wanted to??

    Mal

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    Hi bolb

    The timer is pretty useless. Ignore it.
    For instance if your kids used it everyday for water for cordial it might go though 2 litres a day. If I use it just for my wife and I for a coffee at night it might be 2L / week. The silly timer just sits there flashing completely oblivious as to the usage rate. The cartridge can absorb a fixed amount of Ca2+, Mg2+ ions etc. Sydney water is not too bad but in a limestone area (e.g. Jenolan Caves or Buchan Caves) it will reach capacity quicker.

    Now how do we determine when the cartridge is exhausted? We have to use a sensitive conductivity meter. You will not be able to taste the difference in most cases. So you just have to guess. (somewhere filed away was my tests of conductivity versus age of the filter).

    Here is how I decide.... do I want to spend $ this week on a Brita filter?
    Answer=yes => go to shop
    Answer=no => wait another week.

    Really I just replace mine once a month or sometimes 2 months as Im not reallly fussed over whether its working or not.

    Mike

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    Re: Water filter

    Hi

    Sorry but the Skeptic in me sometimes escapes:
    > I use the Wellness System
    > http://www.wellness.com.au/

    "From the fact that no filter needs to be replaced to the technically advanced method of simulating natural energised water, the Wellness Filter stands out head and shoulders above the rest." and

    "Wellness achieves what many other water filter technologies can only dream of - naturally energised water that is up to twice as wet as ordinary water."

    I read the web site and the test reports. They dont tell much except that a single sample of their water tested had lower surface tension and no chlorine. This can easily occur for any filter when new if it adsorbs ions.

    I remain skeptical :-) Especially by testimonials.

    Best wellness wishes
    Mike

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    Re: Water filter

    "From the fact that no filter needs to be replaced
    Mike
    Only the centre section does not need replacing
    The unit has 2 replaceable filters on either side with a life of 4000 lt

    I also have one in the shower
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    Ah

    Okies it has replaceable sections. I am now far less skeptical :-)
    I believe that it will now remove hard ions such as Ca2+ and Mg2+ from solution and even add other softer ions such as Na+ and K+.

    But do be careful in the shower of the "stimulating natural energised water".
    Too much of anything can be harmfull :-)

    Mike

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    Re: Water filter

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1216556786/0#5 date=1216641628
    I watch for the specials on the Brita filters.
    4 for the price of 3 etc.
    Helps with the cost.
    We do that to but even when buying on special, it still works out cheaper per year to put in a quality under-sink system and even a water softener if so desired. Over the past couple of years while our main water reservoir has been getting ever lower, the water has been taking on a much more noticeable "muddy" taste, to the extent now where even I can taste it ::). My lovely lady stopped drinking it about 12 months ago.

    So, the first step is a simple filter setup and then later on will try to grab a second hand water softener and install that in there as well, mainly for the Bezz. Dont think Im going to worry too much about the shower just yet.... ;)

    Mal.

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    Re: Water filter

    I put a mix of rainwater (very low in total dissolved solids) and Adelaide mains water (about 350 ppm tds) through a half-micron charcoal block filter.

    Greg

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    Lucky me medical grade RO (reverse osmosis) water :D

    The other choice in town is sub-artesian bore water laced with treated sulphurous iron compounds :P Sort of like water after the wellness filter above ;D Sorry but the sceptic and my background in industrial pumps and filtration is emerging but mainly the sceptic ::)

    Pure water for me :)

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    Re: Water filter

    Quote Originally Posted by beanflying link=1216556786/0#13 date=1217152284
    Lucky me medical grade RO (reverse osmosis) water :D

    The other choice in town is sub-artesian bore water laced with treated sulphurous iron compounds *:P Sort of like water after the wellness filter above *;D Sorry but the sceptic and my background in industrial pumps and filtration is emerging but mainly the sceptic *::)

    Pure water for me *:)
    Hope youre remineralising it....Your machine wont last too long on RO...

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    I use straight natural spring water.

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    Re: Water filter

    Only had a stainless plunger until now. Kettles and plungers stay super clean on the inside :)

    It will be interesting to drop the top on my new toy but from the reviews the boiler in bronze and most of the plumbing is plastic. Any copper plumbing will be a bit of a problem over time. A bit more of a look needed :)

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    Re: Water filter

    Quote Originally Posted by beanflying link=1216556786/0#13 date=1217152284
    Lucky me medical grade RO (reverse osmosis) water :D

    The other choice in town is sub-artesian bore water laced with treated sulphurous iron compounds *:P Sort of like water after the wellness filter above *;D Sorry but the sceptic and my background in industrial pumps and filtration is emerging but mainly the sceptic *::)

    Pure water for me *:)

    Hi Beanflying
    The wellness system was developed in Japan and is the only filtration system approved and used in Japans Hospitals
    So it is also Hospital grade

    KK


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    Hi KK,

    Nothing wrong with the filtration method it uses a sand (silica) media and a Carbon Stage whish is standard in the industry and can be done for well under $200 it is the special Stage 2 "water enhancement" that is stretch.

    To filter water to remove tastes and taints and other buglies then reintroduce a mineral taint is nuts!

    "This proprietary combination of natural minerals and far-infrared magnetic energy creates a water that is the envy of all other filtration technologies combined."

    This statement if anyone can tell me what "far-infrared" means I will be truely amazed. In a sealed white canister with no power running to it how in the heck are they gettin infrared anything inside the can?

    "Stabilised - Unlike competing systems the S-III ionises water in a totally natural and balanced process that, depending on source pH, produces a stable water with a typically neutral, balanced pH"

    All this means is that if the pH was right going in its right going out. Most potable water is slightly acidic (6.5-6.8) so it stays just the same. S-III ionises water is interesting (see below)

    "Reduced Ions - Water is enhanced naturally with reduced ions produced by the far-infrared and magnetic fields"

    They contradict themselves "reduced ions" maybe this is the same as doing NOTHING ;D

    Marketing hype and spin is not new in the filtration industry, it ranks right up there with "Brockies Polarisor" and items like this


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    Quote Originally Posted by beanflying link=1216556786/0#18 date=1217198611
    Marketing hype and spin is not new in the filtration industry, it ranks right up there with "Brockies Polarisor" *and items like this
    You mean the Polarisor wasnt real??? Now i am really shattered *;)

    Mal

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    Yes I remember the Brock polariser. It changed my opinion of the man.
    As for "far-infrared magnetic energy" .... its just bunkam. Pure garbage.
    When I read the website I didnt come across that bit of gobblygook. Its a classic :-)

    Mike
    (PhD, Physics BTW)



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