Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: No descaling if you use distilled water?

  1. #1
    Senior Member SniffCoffee's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    705

    No descaling if you use distilled water?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight

    Im thinking of graduating to a boiler based machine and was wondering if anyone has found whether using distilled water reduces the amount of scale in their boiler?

    Sniff

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    1,077

    Re: No descaling if you use distilled water?

    I am no expert but advice i have been given here is that distilled water shouldnt be used, filtered water yes but descaling should still be carried out regularly.
    Site sponsor bombora have water treatment and filtration systems for domestic use, i setup one of their systems at home and we have filtered and softened water for drinking and coffee machine.

    In my opinion, money well spent.

    Mal

  3. #3
    Mal Dimal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Warwick, QLD
    Posts
    16,863

    Re: No descaling if you use distilled water?

    Gday Sniff.... :)

    Lots about this topic and more to be found in this thread...

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1245022813

    Mal.

  4. #4
    Senior Member SniffCoffee's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    705

    Re: No descaling if you use distilled water?

    Thanks to you both, Mals! ;)

    Sniff

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    178

    Re: No descaling if you use distilled water?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6E43474B462A0 link=1280922800/2#2 date=1280927556
    Gday Sniff.... :)

    Lots about this topic and more to be found in this thread...
    Yes, youve opened a contentious issue Sniff :)
    Distilled or De-ionised water will reduce the amount of scale and, contrary to popular opinion, will not damage your coffee machine.
    On the other hand, it does not taste good (unfortunately calcium makes water, and coffee and beer, taste yummy :D), DI/distilled water tastes meh!.
    Distilled water will also fool many water sensors into thinking that the tank is empty when it isnt.
    If you really wish to treat your water, use a softening system rather than a demineralisation system or distilled water.
    From memory, Canberra has soft water anyway.
    Ive come to the personal conclusion that scale is only an issue if you dont descale regularly.

    FYI:
    Your local water supplier is required to submit water analysis data for public availability, it should be on their website, if not ring them. You are interested in the hardness number of the water (the combination of calcium and magnesium concentrations)
    A hardness number of 200+ is a worry (hard, but very good for making pommy style beers :D), a number <50 is soft with the intervening gap usually where our drinking water sits.

  6. #6
    Senior Member SniffCoffee's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    705

    Re: No descaling if you use distilled water?

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Thanks Brewman, thats useful info indeed.

    I might stick with just using my Presso a little longer, as then I dont have a boiler to worry about - just a kettle.


    Cheers

    Sniff



Similar Threads

  1. That Descaling water is REALLY green!
    By Meaty0 in forum Brewing Equipment - Pointy End ($1500-$3000)
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 2nd April 2011, 01:18 PM
  2. Tap water or distilled water in coffee machine?
    By Blumack21 in forum General Coffee Related...
    Replies: 50
    Last Post: 31st October 2009, 11:46 AM
  3. Question about drawing water now that I have replaced the in tank water softner
    By barrel in forum Brewing Equipment - Pointy End ($1500-$3000)
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 24th August 2009, 10:43 PM
  4. Descaling solution still in water after descaling em6910
    By CaffieneHit in forum Brewing Equipment - Midrange ($500-$1500)
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 30th May 2009, 07:00 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •