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Thread: Brita C150 Product advice

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    Question Brita C150 Product advice

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    Hi guys,

    Well I am purchasing a new Bezzera Mitica TOP in a couple of weeks and I thought if I am paying for an expensive item, I want to try and protect that investment as much as possible and what better way then filtering water properly.

    In Brisbane I believe the water here is moderately hard to hard as reported by Urban Utilities in a report from 2017/18 it states that for Brisbane the water hardness is 120mg/L so obviously will need softening. I still plan on getting the water tested i might take a simple to the local pool store to get it tested for free just to check.



    Now my wife isn't keen on cutting into the kitchen bench to add an extra tap so I was looking at these 3-Way systems and saw a BRITA one in that big green hardware store, but the filter with it is a A1000 (I think) which I do not think is suitable for espresso machines as I do not believe it softens the water.

    My question is, if I buy the kit pictured below, and I purchase a BRITA C150 cartridge will it fit?



    I guess in summary I just need to know if the C150 Filter Cartridge will fit with the system that is shown in the picture above.

    I was going to buy this one from Crema Coffee Garage

    https://cremacoffeegarage.com.au/bri...r-kit-tap.html

    But as I said wife isn't keen on drilling into the bench and having another tap when a 3-way will be neater and I gotta agree for once

    Some pictures of the sink and piping under it for reference though I guess not really needed. But got copious amounts of room under there.






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    My sink looks quite similar to yours, I installed the C150 kit you linked to (crema coffee garage one) on the left side:

    sink.jpg

    so it didn't require drilling the bench, just a small hole in the sink. It was quite a simple install.

    Edit: added picture of my setup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agrajag View Post
    My sink looks quite similar to yours, I installed the C150 kit you linked to (crema coffee garage one) on the left side:

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    so it didn't require drilling the bench, just a small hole in the sink. It was quite a simple install.
    Funny you mention that, I did raise that to her yesterday but no go she aint keen on two taps at all when 1 can do a 3-way. No pun intended

    I already pushed my luck by me going to spend 3 grand on a machine I had a laugh
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    Nice machine, congratulations

    re the water, others in Brisbane may chime in to your thread, and you may have already done this, but do ensure the filter you propose will do the job.

    The Bezzera has a copper boiler so no issues with chlorides killing stainless steel.

    However, the goto filter for espresso machines "appears" to be the C150 "finest". As you say protect that investment as much as possible.

    Enjoy your new machine
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    Thanks flashpixx honestly looking forward to the upgrade!

    Do you think the C150 filter cartridge will fit on that filter head that comes in the BRITA 3-way filter kit that I pictured in my first post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JZ4 View Post
    Do you think the C150 filter cartridge will fit on that filter head that comes in the BRITA 3-way filter kit that I pictured in my first post?
    It certainly looks very similar, if not the same, as my C150 filter head. But who knows, there may be some slight difference to make them incompatible. I'd suggest contacting BRITA to find out for sure.

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    Hmm apparently it's a no go.


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    I tried to explain it as best as I could but it seems as though I have now left her more confused than she was when we started our dialogue

    Dammit.



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    When I went through my trials with water testing/filtration I found Brita to be quite unhelpful.

    Upon recommendation from a member here I went to Bombora

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    Quote Originally Posted by JZ4 View Post
    I tried to explain it as best as I could but it seems as though I have now left her more confused than she was when we started our dialogue

    Dammit.


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    Yep, second the recommendation to use Bombora...
    Thorough professionals.

    Mal.
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    Just sent them an email

    You would think Brita would be able to answer a very simple question if the C150 Cartridge can fit in that bloody 3-way Filter Filter Tap from that big hardware store.. But nup!
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    I got the three way tap and kit and just transferred the c150 head and cartridge. The tops of the filters looked the same to me. I cant recall if the c150 head has a different bypass component?

    Worst case buy a c150 cartridge and head, the rest from the kit will fit. dont forget you can lay the filter flat if you are short for vertical room.

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    dont forget you can lay the filter flat if you are short for vertical room.
    Don't think that's true with the "Finest", has to be vertical to function properly...

    Mal.
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    Definitely have your water professionally tested. I have seen water test results from Brisbane which no filter can tame. In these cases, RO or bottled water need to be used.

    Water authorities- dun trust 'em. Yours can be different to that of your neighbours, letalone another suburb.
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    Brisbane water is bloody terrible...
    Can hardly manage to drink the stuff myself and would have to be very desperate indeed.
    Doesn't matter what your preferred hot beverage is, it won't be able to mask the metallic taste and what ever else is in it.

    Agree with Caffeinator, you must have your water professionally tested and Bombora will be able to explain what's necessary to do that with their own testing facilities.

    Mal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    I got the three way tap and kit and just transferred the c150 head and cartridge. The tops of the filters looked the same to me. I cant recall if the c150 head has a different bypass component?

    Worst case buy a c150 cartridge and head, the rest from the kit will fit. dont forget you can lay the filter flat if you are short for vertical room.

    cheers
    I think this will be the best option. It's comforting to know that everything will work from the BRITA 3-Way Kit with the proper Purity C Filter Head! So I think I might do this.



    Quote Originally Posted by Caffeinator View Post
    Definitely have your water professionally tested. I have seen water test results from Brisbane which no filter can tame. In these cases, RO or bottled water need to be used.

    Water authorities- dun trust 'em. Yours can be different to that of your neighbours, letalone another suburb.
    Where do you recommend I get it tested? Would Pool shops suffice?


    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Brisbane water is bloody terrible...
    Can hardly manage to drink the stuff myself and would have to be very desperate indeed.
    Doesn't matter what your preferred hot beverage is, it won't be able to mask the metallic taste and what ever else is in it.

    Agree with Caffeinator, you must have your water professionally tested and Bombora will be able to explain what's necessary to do that with their own testing facilities.

    Mal.

    The water in our house from the tap is drinkable but not something I would do every day that is for sure.

    Does Bombora recommend a water sample be sent to them or something? I'm a little tight on time as i'll be collecting the machine early/mid next week now.

    I had to have a break from reading last night all this water talk was giving me a splitting headache. It is worse than researching for a HX machine I had a laugh.

    Would something like this be good enough to test the tap water?




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    Quote Originally Posted by JZ4 View Post
    I think this will be the best option.
    Only if your water is <200PPM TDS. It will otherwise be useless.

    Get it tested. A pool shop will be a good start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caffeinator View Post
    Only if your water is <200PPM TDS. It will otherwise be useless.

    Get it tested. A pool shop will be a good start.
    Will do!

    Apart from TDS *total dissolved solids* what other chemicals do I need to keep an eye on in the test results to make sure scale is kept to a minimum?

    Total hardness would be one, any other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Don't think that's true with the "Finest", has to be vertical to function properly...

    Mal.
    hmmm... odd. I checked with bombora and they advised that the horizontal position for the finest is fine.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    hmmm... odd. I checked with bombora and they advised that the horizontal position for the finest is fine.

    Cheers
    I also read somewhere that the purity was ok on it’s side but the finest had to be vertical. Doesn’t affect me as I have the purity vertical anyway

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    Gee...my wife tells me I'm at my finest horizontal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    hmmm... odd. I checked with bombora and they advised that the horizontal position for the finest is fine.
    Nope, in the Brita literature, it definitely states that the "Finest" must be vertical....
    Had a Finest installed under the sink for a few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robusto View Post
    Gee...my wife tells me I'm at my finest horizontal.
    Is the interpretation: that you are snoring your head off and therefore keeping out of her way...

    Mal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Nope, in the Brita literature, it definitely states that the "Finest" must be vertical....
    Had a Finest installed under the sink for a few years.

    Mal.
    Yes agree Mal hence my question to them at the last filter change. Perhaps I was misinformed? Will call them again tomorrow and report back.

    Cheers
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    Hi, Is your fridge plumbed in?
    I replaced the fridge filter with a C150 and took a T off that to my Izzo
    Works really well
    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Dave View Post
    Hi, Is your fridge plumbed in?
    I replaced the fridge filter with a C150 and took a T off that to my Izzo
    Works really well
    Cheers
    Dave
    I like this idea. New house coming soon and new fridge and might as well just do it all through the fridge. Although Id prefer not to plumb in just fill the water tank up.

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    Well after much reading, headaches and what now seems like unnecessary planning. The wife has agreed to just cut into the sink so I can just go with the BRITA C150 Complete KIT. Saves unnecessary spending on extra stuff and well just makes everything a whole lot easier! So I just wanted to reach out and tell everyone thanks for your helpful insights and also putting me on Bombora. The info received from him has been exceptional!

    First thing tomorrow morning i'll be heading to my local pool shop with a sample to get my water tested. Upon a quick chat with them he did say the water around here isn't too bad but of course better to know for sure. With the Bypass feature on the Filter Head, do you adjust this depending on how your water is?

    But a big win for me! My wife is good to me sometimes
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    Just an update, I received some info re the filter position for the "finest", it can work horizontally but the effective capacity is reduced, so not ideal (and a waste really). ALso, the capacity of the finest (in the correct orientation) is less that the quell.

    These two filters also have differnet media for the softening aspect.

    Re question above, Yes you set the bypass depending on your water test results, there is a table to follow.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    Just an update, I received some info re the filter position for the "finest", it can work horizontally but the effective capacity is reduced, so not ideal (and a waste really). ALso, the capacity of the finest (in the correct orientation) is less that the quell.

    These two filters also have differnet media for the softening aspect.

    Re question above, Yes you set the bypass depending on your water test results, there is a table to follow.

    Cheers
    with the finest, all the literature states it must be used with a bypass setting of 0%
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    Just got my water tested and here are the results.

    Total Hardness: 203
    Total Dissolved Solids: 256
    PH: 7.9

    E-mailed Cameron at Bombora and he said numbers are perfect for a C150 Finest to do it's thing. So that is promising!





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    Well just got my Brita C150 Finest kit delivered from Bombora, (fridge filters). A couple bits missing (hopefully that's all that is missing) more notably the 10 water testing strips and the tape but have read the tape is garbage anyway so will get better stuff tomorrow.

    @Agrajag don't be surprised if you get the odd stupid question or two from me over the next few days. I'm going with the exact setup you have so may need a little guidance

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    Is this the correct way to do this Multi-Function control valve?



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    That looks about right. My setup is a bit different as I have the water coming out to bit that redirects to dishwasher so installed it there (upside down to what you've got). From memory it did come with some instructions?

    multivalve2.jpg

    I remember I had a problem with a leaky bit that had me stumped for a while, until I realised there was no plumbers tape on an internal bit that wasn't immediately obvious had to be undone/redone. So make sure you take it all apart and put tape on every bit that screws together!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agrajag View Post
    That looks about right. My setup is a bit different as I have the water coming out to bit that redirects to dishwasher so installed it there (upside down to what you've got). From memory it did come with some instructions?

    multivalve2.jpg

    I remember I had a problem with a leaky bit that had me stumped for a while, until I realised there was no plumbers tape on an internal bit that wasn't immediately obvious had to be undone/redone. So make sure you take it all apart and put tape on every bit that screws together!
    Ahh yep. So close to being same thanks for the image! Yeah im getting some plumbers tape tomorrow and will be taping everything that needs to be

    Even though my tap is just a standard mixer tap (hot/cold) would I go down that route in the instructions or is it the Auxiliary Tap instructions? That's what has me stumped I had a laugh. The shoddy diagram i did in my previous post was a Multi-Function control valve setup for a mixer tap.

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    If you're buying plumbers tape don't buy the white stuff. Pink/red or nothing. Do two complete layers, no more no less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by level3ninja View Post
    If you're buying plumbers tape don't buy the white stuff. Pink/red or nothing. Do two complete layers, no more no less.
    Yep plan to! Seen the red/pink one come up a few times. The hardware store only has one of that variant. So just two full rotations of the thread?

    hopefully this is the good one?

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    That's the one but you don't need 30m of it. Two full rotations in the opposite direction to tightening the fitting. A small overlap of less than half a cm is ok but aim for bang on or a couple of mm over.



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