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u/kuskaboose · 3 pointsr/minimalism

Got married in 2015 and we was in the same boat as you... Both of us are from large ethnic families who wanted to give physical gifts (because they're well intentioned and wanted to pay it forward - a lot of them were newly arrived in the US without a lot of money, and sometimes not a lot of family and married pretty young - so gifts they got for their marriage were actually very much needed). Both my partner and I already had functioning apartments (separately), then when we moved in while we were engaged, realized we had about 2 of everything and had to narrow that down. Thankfully, we are pretty minimal people - him by nature, me by intention. But especially after having to sort through both of our belonging to weed out duplicates, we really felt like we did not need anything else.

We ended up taking a two pronged appraoch: 1) Upgrading things we had, and used, but that were not all that nice to begin with and 2) Items that would help us achieve the goals that we had laid out for our relationship as a married couple.

A few things we asked for that have seen a lot of use:

  1. Vitamix - I thought this was going to be a huge waste of money, but my partner really wanted it and my aunt really wanted to give it to us (because she loves hers). This thing has gotten used daily (and sometimes multiple times a day). We have been low-carb-ish for the last two years and the Vitamix has been awesome for this kind of cooking. Can't say enough great things about it and I have no doubt this thing is going to last decades.

  2. Really great Japanese knives - my cousin is a chef recommended this pearing knife and this 8.5" knife. Not only are they super easy to handle (as opposed to German Wostoff knives - a commonly requested wedding gift, which IMHO are way too large to efficently or precisely manuver), but they are gorgeous knives that are nicely balanced and really feel great in your hand. We replaced an entire block of cheap-o knives with these two knives alone.

  3. Religious & ethnic items for holidays - There are a few holidays we celebrate where specific items are part of the tradition. For example, for Christmas, our families always have nativity sets, so we registered for that. For Easter, there are special cultural items that are used - and someone made us that. You can ask your ethnic families to get you these things (which were actually some of the most touching gifts because they were either made by hand or purchased overseas).

  4. Plates, silverware, glasses and servingware to host 40 people - This is NOT "minimalist" for pretty much anyone, but it made sense for us. We both have large families. The elders of the families have been strongly hinting at having us take over the "big holidays" that they have been hosting. Additionally, we live in a neighborhood that is the spot for 4th of July parties, and we host an annual blowout day-before-Thanksgiving party. When we were making our registry, we made a list of everyone who would be on the invite for these parties and were hitting the 35-40 person range. So we have 40 place settings - we keep 32 of them in a separate set of cabinets in the basement, and 5-6 times a year, bring them out so that everyone can eat together using real plates and silverware. It's not minimalist, but it's intentional in that we specifically have choosen to stay in the same city as our families so we can do these types of things.

    I guess my overall advice would be to make a list of goals you want to achieve for your life together, and then try to ask for items that either help you achieve those goals, or enhance those experiences.

    A few examples:

  • If a goal for your married life together is to be environmentally sustainable, think about registering for a compost bin, a fancy SimpleHuman garbage/recyling can or a Berkey Water Filter

  • If you want to pursue a healthy lifestyle together and cook homemade meals - you can upgrade your pots and pans (love my All Clad pots and my Le Creuset pan).

    Does anyone NEED this stuff? No, of course not. But when you're lucky enough to already have all your basic needs met in life, wedding registries provide are a nice opportunity to upgrade things that were aquired at an earlier time in your time in your life, not for their enduring quality, but rather their low cost/ ease of procurement. Good luck!
u/Teerlys · 12 pointsr/preppers

I wrote this up earlier today for someone who wanted to start getting prepped on ~$75/Month but also wanted to not have to cook the foods. I did include some long term storage as the first step anyway because it's so cheap and easy, but so far as consumables go, this is a good start for you.

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A lot of this is a shelf life and storage space issue. If you have plenty of room for storage, I'd start like this:

  • Month 1: This doesn't meet your doesn't-need-to-be-cooked guideline, but it's a really solid start to bulk up on available calories and requires minimal cash and effort, so it's going in anyway. Ignore it if it's not for you.

    Buy two 50lb bags of white rice from a place like Costco or Sam's Club. Find 3 food safe 5 gallon buckets with lids. Get Mylar Bags and O2 Absorbers. Then hit Youtube for instructions on what to do with them. If the Mylar bags bit will hold you back from doing this, then skip them and just clean the buckets then dump rice in them straight. Seal, date, set aside. That's 160,000 calories in month 1. Given normal pantry supplies that stretches things out quite a ways. Plan on rotating out at 7ish years if put straight into the bucket and 20 years if you use the Mylar. Realistically, with Mylar, white rice may be good for much longer than 20 years (most people say 30, but for the minimal investment I'd rotate earlier to be safe).

  • Month 2:

    Grab a Water Bob (not right now though, hurricane season has prices high and stocks low for them). Also, a Sawyer Water Filter or two. That gives you an opportunity to grab an extra hundred gallons of water in your bathtub initially given enough warning, and some water purification options later on.

  • Month 3:

    Assuming you have storage capacity, start looking at #10 cans of food. Those are the cans that are around a foot tall and very wide. Look for things that you would eat and would be usuable in your daily lives, but also ones that would be calorie dense. For example, refried beans, nacho cheese, baked beans, white potatoes, chick peas, chili with beans, etc. Those are things you can use in recipes at home, but can pick them up and store them for a couple of years first. Getting them in the larger can is a better return on investment/dollar than buying smaller ones.

  • Month 4: This is probably more what you were looking for.

    If your pantry isn't topped up with the things your family normally eats, drop that money to get a little deeper on those things. Velveeta cheese, crackers, cans of soup, noodles, peanut butter/jelly, canned vegetables/fruit, pasta/sauce, salsa, dried/canned beans, seasonings, canned meat, canned chili, etc. Date them and make sure to work through the oldest first. Having the normal foods you eat in bulk will likely end up being what gets you through most things (like the current hurricane season, job loss, winter blizzard, etc). Spending on these things can be used to fill out whatever is left of your budget when it gets partially used up on other things. I'd also maybe consider having some flats of bottled water at home as well. I usually keep 4-7 Costco sized ones on hand for my SO and I.

  • Month 5:

    Start looking at longer term bulk water storage. I like 5 gallon stackable water cubes as they're easier to move and use and you buy them as you have a little extra cash here and there, but if you want to bump the budget up a bit for a month and your wife won't look at you like you're crazy, a 55 gallon barrel is a better price per gallon than the individual cubes. Sometimes there's just no replacing having your own clean water source ready to go. Barring all of that, if your family will use them just grab a bunch of flats of bottled water and rotate them. Stacked high they don't take up a ton of floor space.

  • Month 6 and Beyond:

    At this point you're pretty well set initially for both water and food. Keep the pantry stocked and rotating. Add on for long term stored water as you see fit and maybe invest in something like a Big Berkey if you really want to drop some money into it. At that point I'd probably begin considering longer term food storage. More rice, add in some dry beans (roughly 5 year shelf life in Mylar/Buckets), and if you're feeling really into it you can get unground wheat and that will last 30 years or better in Mylar/Buckets. You'll just need to have a hand crank grinder or two to use it.

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    I get wanting ready to eat foods, and that's pretty easy to do and a great place to start, but as one last recommendation... grab yourself a Propane Burner and a high pressure hose for it so that you can use regular propane tanks. You may be able to eat cold soup out of the can, but it's a lot more comforting when it's warm, and you can pretty easily have the ability to add more of your foods into your diet (like spaghetti or mac and cheese) when you can still have a burner to work with.
u/humanasfck · 2 pointsr/fasting

>I started off doing OMAD at roughly ~800 calories/day for a total of 5,600 calories a week. After some extended fasts, I switched over to ADF, where I do OMAD at 800-1200 calories on my eating day for a total of roughly 4,500-5,000 calories/week.

When I first got serious about my diet (and after I dropped calorie counting and doing daily cardio, since it resulted in temporary losses and was not maintainable), I started off doing something similar to you: low fat, lots of protein, low carbs. I experienced something akin to what you are, too: I lost extra fat but my body composition/physique remained close to the same 'shape', simply a smaller version of it.

I added in HIIT training and kettlebells which helped some, but I believe embracing a high fat/moderate protein keto diet with only veggies for carbs (no starches like potatoes/beets, no sweets) was when my physique really shifted towards what I desired it to be.

This was amplified further by adding in Wim Hof Method cold showers and breathwork (check out his app, youtube channel or the reddit sub /r/BecomingTheIceman if curious).

As an aside, I also found a huge benefit to how 'sharp' my mind felt by drinking pure water. I learned about fluoride and how it blocks the natural iodine receptor actions in the brain, and I also believe it is healthier for the entire body and organs to avoid processing the chemicals used to treat municipal tap water. My choices have been alkalized RO water or distilled.

>So if I'm doing ADF, how does working out out on my eating day (before my meal) and resting and fasting the next sound?

Yep, precisely. Rest and fast on the same day, do HIIT workout prior to meal on feeding day.

>I know you mention adding some extra fat to my meal-- do you suggest maybe replacing the usual potatoes in my meal with something fatty? Should I aim for more than the usual 800-1200 calories I get on HIIT/eating days?

What worked for me was dropping all carbs other than veggies (no starches -potatoes/tubers/squashes, no sweets) until I got to the physique I desired. I then added them in sparingly, such as once/week after a sprint session. When I did eat carbs after reaching my ideal body composition, I'd do it on workout days - such as a baked sweet potato w/ cinnamon&butter, or a 1-2 squares of 85+% dark chocolate after my meal. Due to my pallet adjusting from how much I was limiting carbs, 85% tasted very sweet and satisfying to me. This got me to ~8% BF and an 8-pack physique that I maintained for 2-3 years. My goals have shifted and I've switched to yoga/stretching and meditation/breathwork for my fitness, with occasional sprints. I remain very lean though not to the same extreme.

For my meats, I completely let go of CAFO chicken and beef. I actually tested it and I can blindly taste the differences between two steaks -one CAFO and one grass fed, or between two eggs - one CAFO and one pastured. I believe there is something going on at a subtle/energetic level that makes a difference to how my body reacts and feels -both at the moment of eating it and as I digest and integrate the foods into my being. I have a feeling it is to do with the energetic charge of the electrons in the food; science has yet to completely discover what that is, though someday we will and I believe humans will drastically shift the way we treat animals (and plants for that matter) raised for food.

I can best relate this to an analogy with being around different people: if you walk in a room and someone was just really angry and shouting, you can feel the tension leftover from it- even if you weren't there when it happened, you know it did. Similarly, if you are around someone who is really positive, bubbly and open you can feel this and it may make you feel happier too. I believe this is what is happening to animals, and the residual feelings of how they spent their life is reflected in the meat: whether they lived caged/confined in tight quarters spending their whole lives indoors, or if they were free to roam, grazing openly under the sun and treated lovingly/respectfully by those who raised them.

As far as fish, I also believe the benefit stems from an energetic level. Water is ~24x more dense than air; due to this a pool that is 70 degrees may feel cool, while air that is 70 degrees is very comfortable, or possibly warm. I believe fish intrinsically have more densely-energized fat/meat to match the environment they experienced their life in. Anecdotally, I experience this as eating a lot less fish to achieve the same level of satiation as I would with cow/steak.

With these ideas, I designed my diet around eating fatty, wild caught fish and fatty, grass fed steaks. I also cook the fatty meats in more fat, and typically eat the whole lot of it, pouring it onto the plate and soaking it up with each bite. For a while I was buying a 1/4 - 1/2 a cow at a time from a local grass fed farmer, so I'd get a good price and have a chest freezer full of delicious meats. I'd also ask for ~20 lbs of extra fat cuttings from the same cow, and I'd render my own beef tallow in a crock pot to have a healthy, grass fed cooking fat included for free.

When I do eat lean meats its typically wild caught white fish, and I cover it in grass fed cheese and cook it in a pool of butter (my go-to is Kerrygold butter and their dubliner cheese).

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/tea

Initially, I was thinking about sachet bags, so that you could see the blend of spices. Also the drawstring is pretty cute. But not entirely sure I would use these to brew tea in due to not knowing too much about this organza material. Wiki told me it can be silk but could also be polyester/nylon, and I wouldn't want to heat those materials up.

Another possibility is cotton muslin bags. Not quite as pretty but safe to heat. Also seen here.
And some adorable DIY heart bags.

Cheesecloth bags would be good as well but the price is not so great here. I'm sure more googling would result in some better prices though.
Here are some homemade cheesecloth bags. Nice but not as clean looking as the other options. But I'm sure you could sew them up however you would like.
Martha Stewart does them beautifully and this site has lovely packaging.

Overall, I would probably want to make my own cheesecloth bags the Martha Stewart way because they look great while still being entirely done by you personally (and are relatively simple). Otherwise, I think that the tea bags terribletoos linked would be a great, safe, and cheap choice and then all the craft energy can go into creating custom labels and wrappings.

These are really cute labels.

Interesting labels. And then you could always create simple little packets/envelopes for them too :)

Edit: Organza sachets would probably be fine if it were clear to your recipient that they were not to brew in those bags, rather pour the contents out and brew loose leaf style.

u/HardRightCapn · 70 pointsr/preppers

I've been studying this for a bit. Water storage seems complicated at first, but it's really not.

  1. How much water?

  • FEMA says 1 gal per person per day. I say 2 to account for extra sweating, hot weather and the amount needed for freeze-dried food. Plus other comforts like coffee, tea, etc. A family of 4 for 3 days would be = 2 gal x 4 ppl x 3 days = 24 gallons.

  1. What containers?

  • Most everyone uses plastic. You need Food-grade, BPA-free, HDPE plastic to be safe for long-term storage. If a container meets these requirements, then it's almost always stamped in the plastic. You can get away with non-food grade if you're feeling lucky.

  • Water bottles use a cheaper, thinner plastic that will leach over time, ruining your water. Good to have if you rotate regularly, but not for "set it and forget it"

  1. What size containers?

  1. How to store it?

  • First, make sure it's clean water coming in. Have you tested your tap water? We tested ours and have a water filtration system installed.

  • Storing for extended time requires an additive to keep the water safe. You can use a chlorine mixture to stay safe and save money. Or buy any of the additives available. They all kill bacteria while keeping it safe to drink.

  • Clean your containers out. Then, put the big ones where they will go and fill it. The small ones you can fill then store.

  • Even long-term storage has an expiration date. I've heard that it should be refilled around 10 years.

  • Storage location should be kept around room temperature with no big temperature swings and no direct sunlight. Sun helps things to grow inside the water and helps the tank degrade faster. So, a basement is ideal. Inside a closet is next. Do not store outside where there are temperature swings and sunlight unless you take the necessary precautions.

  1. How to use it?

  • You'll need a way of getting the water out of your storage. Smaller containers can use gravity, but you may have to buy a siphon. Larger containers need a pump and somethign to pump them into. Hand pumps are great but the cheap ones are pone to failure.

  • Have some cups and other containers handy to fill from your main reserve.

  1. Emergency water

  • If you have warning before an emergency then you should clean and fill your tub. Those will hold around 100 gallons. Bonus points if you have a Water Bob.

  • You should also fill some containers in the house. Do you have a large pot, food-grade 5-gallon pails or other containers? Fill them just in case!
u/Arkhantak · 2 pointsr/recycling

I'm glad I could be useful, here are a couple links you might find interesting:

Vermiculture Subreddit

Vermiculture Canadian Manual

Yogurt Maker

If you actually want to begin with any of the above, feel free to PM me, it took me a while to get it right, but now it is a lot easier.

About the water, I bought a Brita water bottle with a filter in it. It is not a "powerful" filter, it mostly helps with the taste, but there are pretty decent systems out there and they are not that expensive.

Water filter

I tried to link international websites. I'm from Chile, so my usual links are in spanish; I haven't tried the specific products I linked, but their chilean counterpart and they have worked flawlessly.

Have a nice day!


Edit:

There are a couple subreddits you might want to visit.

Permaculture Subreddit

Check it's sidebar, there are over 20 interesting ones.

u/GODZiGGA · 2 pointsr/PoliticalHumor

[This is the system I got.](iSpring RCC7AK 6-Stage Under-Sink Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtration System with Alkaline Remineralization Filter - 75 GPD https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005LJ8EXU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_bIMdAbGNJ30RB) I read a lot of reviews and my brother-in-law had also bought this one 6 months earlier.

Install was very simple. The hardest part would potentially be drilling a hole in your sink if you need an extra hole for the faucet. I had only basic plumbing experience prior to installing it (disconnecting a bathroom sink trap to unclog it and swapping a faucet). The written instructions are very detailed and easy to follow and they also have a very detailed YouTube instructional of every step. It's basically: shut off water valve under your sink, connect Y adapter to split cold water line, connect system tubing together, turn on water valve under sink, pressurize the system to check for leaks, turn off water valve under the sink, connect system to the faucet, turn on water valve under the sink and run the water for 10 minutes to clean the lines, turn off faucet, let tank fill for an hour or two, turn off water to the system and drain the tank, turn on water to the system to fill tank, and enjoy super clean, tasty water.

Actual work would range from 30-60 minutes depending how much space you have to work in, plumbing familiarity, and whether you need to drill a hole in your sink or there is one available already. Then about another 2-4 hours of passive work to clean the lines and tank before it is ready for use. It made for an easy Sunday project while watching football.

I also bought a 15' tube to connect the system to my fridge's ice maker for store bought quality tasting ice and the manufacturer will send you an extra set of filters free if you leave an Amazon review.

u/cr0ft · 2 pointsr/VanLife

> https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00TT9I2PS

The above is all you need to link to Amazon, the rest is tracking stuff. :)

The canister and hoses and such on the site are all standard stuff. If you want to know what the filters do, they list those with more detail (and the filters are really the only interesting part).

But I'm not necessarily saying that store and only that store, just that it's one that has a great assortment and quality filters.

http://www.aquacera.com/ceramic-filters.html - describes the combo filter. It's pretty cool, ceramic and active charcoal in one, that's usually a two-canister system. Note they have different models, gravity fed or pressurized!

The multi canister systems are most likely done to be part of a pressurized system though, I believe. See the text in your link that says "Feed Water Pressure: 20-85 psi" - that system is aimed at filtering everything coming into an RV, most likely.

But you shouldn't just buy something off Amazon even so. You should do web searches until you find a decent seeming shop, be it the one I googled up and linked or some other that specializes in RV filtration and then contact them and ask for advice. Every satisfied customer gives them word of mouth advertising, after all, and you don't really know what you need. When you don't know what you need, ask a bona fide expert.

u/nianowen · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

We got this reverse osmosis system: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005LJ8EXU

We like it so far! Husband said it was easy for him to install, and we haven't noticed any unusual taste to the water at all (some people say they can tell a difference -- personally, I can't). The inspector from the state who came to run more tests on our tap water said any reverse osmosis filtration system is good because the process is designed to remove lead and other impurities. So if you could find a cheaper one, I'm sure that's fine! And he said the Brita Longlast filters are better for removing lead if you're using a Brita pitcher/etc. (That's a much more affordable option!)

As they say though, any amount of lead is unsafe. Most places have safe tap water and it's fine to drink it! But... If you get notices about your water, I think you're better off being cautious!

u/insaneatomicman · 2 pointsr/USF

Ooo Nice. You didn't happen to live in the ELLC last year did you?

LC as in liquid chromatography? I took organic chemistry 1 + lab during summer A and I did numerous types of chromatography. I would say for this either TLC or GC might be better for this (I found liquid chromatography to be inaccurate and annoying). Gas chromatography was very accurate and in your case would be practical because simple alcohols have relatively low boiling points. If you can get in contact with a chemist especially an organic chemist (they deal with a lot of Chromo) then you will be in luck. There are a lot of chromatography labs on the 2nd floor of NES, you may be able to find someone there. There are also a lot of friendly orgo TA's that may be able to help you.

Also if you're looking to purify your alcohol a great investment would be a distiller that I have come across. I really want to buy one haha. They are not cheap though.

http://www.amazon.com/Water-Distiller-Countertop-Enamel-Collection/dp/B00026F9F8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373847977&sr=8-1&keywords=water+distiller

u/MidwestJackalope · 3 pointsr/myog

This episode of the Survival Podcast will tell you more about home distillation than you'd hope to know. In my state Everclear is darn cheap and much more pure than what you can do at home. Then again, we're the DIY types, aren't we.

That said, hands down the easiest way to distill at home is with a counter-top electric still. I suppose you could hypothetically start with a cheap vodka and go from there, but nothing says you couldn't start from scratch with any scrap starch, sugar or corn and make a fuel mash in a 5 gallon bucket. Not economical, but certainly a useful skill.

EDIT: They mention it in the podcast, but I should add it's perfectly legal to make your own fuel at home. You can get a free permit from the treasury department. On the scale you're talking about, however, I don't think it would matter.

u/redwoodser · 1 pointr/philadelphia

Hi, if you’re interested, and you can either install this yourself or find someone that can, and it’s pretty easy, you’re welcome to have it. I bought it as a suprise for my elderly next door neighbor last month, after hearing her complain for years about buying bottled water. After giving it to her, she declined to accept it. It’s brand new. In the box. Old habits are hard to break I guess.


I have a similar product, made by Nahla, under my kitchen sink, that I installed recently, that will last up to 3 years, and I fucking love the thing. I have NEVER paid for bottled water, and never will.

I would place the Woder Filter, which is in the box, in a bucket on my driveway near Temple U, and you would pick it up and we would not meet. I have given away stuff on my driveway to 5 or 6 redditors this way.


Also, unscrew your kitchen sink aerator, if that’s where you drink water from, and see if there are any pieces of lead or metal in there. Cleaning it out can be good for you. Later.


https://www.amazon.com/Woder-Capacity-Filtration-Contaminants-USA-Made/dp/B00MPGRUNW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473866964&sr=8-1&keywords=woder+water+filter

u/JayV30 · 2 pointsr/Columbus

I've been pretty happy with this simple under counter filter:

Woder 10K-Gen3 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0144MFPOA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_IheFAb66V76ST

I use it with a dedicated faucet for the filtered water - not sure I'd be happy with the water pressure if it was hooked directly to my main faucet. But the water tastes great and while I haven't changed the filter yet, it looks really easy.

u/Canadeaan · 1 pointr/The_Donald

How bout that Brain Force product that was advertised in the video? do you use that?

They're Choline pills.

Brain force you get 156mg of Choline (2pills) for $30.

Choline Supliment you can get 600mg Choline (2pills) for $19

Its literally cut and re-branded Choline, the products claims are literally the same effects as Choline supplements. You're paying 6x markup for Choline.

The profit margin for the product is between 2-5x. that's why you see 50% off as the deal.

The man's smart and has been running the same business model for over a decade. Making products, and promoting content to sell those products to the viewership. its the old "We have a terrible problem and I have the solution conveniently right here for you for only $19.99" strategy, add in some emotional trigger lines like "protect yourself and your family"

That water filter looks like its a well functioning product when it works, a reverse osmosis machine will still save you in the long run. (for the cost of 2 filter changes for an Alexa pure filtration setup, you can buy a reverse osmosis system and have it run for half a decade.)

NSF Certified Resverse Osmosos Machine $136, filters last a year. $25 filter set. standardized filter sizes through the industry. no brand locked filters.

Reverse osmosis membranes have a pore size of 0.0001 micron. The most cost effective system type if you have water pressure. filters over an order of magnitude better than sand filter systems.

Alexapure Water filtration system $156

Passes all filtering standards for public consumption also has some problems , $90 filters


Big Berkey Stainless Steel Water Filtration System not so great product reviews,
Passes all filtering standards for public consumption with higher reductions than the Alexapure product. $258 , $50 filters

cheaper filters. setup becomes cheaper long-term after 3 filter changes. product also has some problems, but seemingly less


Be smart pedes, you make america great again by using your brain, so buy my product Brain Force

u/joecbloom · 2 pointsr/homeowners

We have had this one since February and have been happy with it. Great tasting water, definitely better then our tap water unfiltered. I haven't done any real testing (TDS, etc), so all I can really say is that we like it.

It was fairly easy to install (though it took a couple hours), and has been very reliable.

u/turtles_are_weird · 11 pointsr/tea

Hi! If you want to get into tea, I would reccomend starting by watching Alton Brow's episode on tea here. It's a good background on everything involving tea and tea brewing.

If you have a Peet's Coffee near you, you can go and order mugs of tea (brewed with loose leaf). They will give you free hot water refills so you can drink as much as you can handle. You can find a tea you like without having to commit to a huge container.

I prepare my tea in the morning in a tea pot (I have this one, but I don't like it because it's hard to clean) and pour it into a travel mug.

They make travel mugs that are similar to a frech press (here) where you put the leaves and hot water in and just push down a stopper to stop brewing. I'm really picky about the lids on my travel mugs, so I don't own one.

For resusable tea bags, the most popular style is a [tea ball] (http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-Stainless-Steel-Mesh-Ball/dp/B00004RIZ7/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407090137&sr=8-1&keywords=tea+ball) (although the one I linked is a little too small to allow the tea to fully unfold). They are cheap and fairly easy to clean, but you have to be careful where you store them so they don't get bent up.

They also make tea bags for loose leaf tea. These would be easy to pop into your travel mug. You can also find bags made of muslin that can be washed out, but I don't know where you would do that.

u/KarlProjektorinsky · 4 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Definitely the inline filter for the bathroom sink; that's by far the easiest solution.

Something like this would be more than good enough.

One other note: if the fixture is old, you may want to run it for a minute or so to get any lead in the water out. Bathroom fixtures contained leaded alloys into the 80s and mid-90s in some places...no appreciable amount of lead but over time it makes a difference. Letting the water run is a perfectly fine way to manage this, you don't need to replace it if it works well.

u/MrMajors · 1 pointr/Coffee

Have been battling hard water (TDS of 360) at a friends house for many years. I have been using one similar to this one to distill water and blend tap water down to a reasonable hardness level :

https://www.amazon.com/Megahome-Countertop-Water-Distiller-Collection/dp/B00026F9F8

or here:
http://www.h2olabs.com/c-2-countertop-water-distillers.aspx

It is slow (5 hrs per gallon) but it is set and forget and easy to clean with citric acid. Store finished water in glass containers. Easier and less expensive than lugging water from the market. You can then build your own water as you see fit. Either blend distilled with tap water or try the Third Wave Water suggestion. A TDS meter is helpful when blending and they can be had from most hydroponic supply outlets for $35 US.

u/JButcher98 · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

You look to have really good well water. Low iron is always a plus. I have one of these, works great.

Fleck 5600SXT 48,000 Grain Water Softener Digital SXT Metered Whole House System https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OGN3162/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_oQkuDb0VQ1ATM

Adding a filter before for sediment will help work the softener lasting longer. I have some spin down filters (you just clean the screen and reuse them) and traditional water filters that I change every couple months.

Also have this RO at the kitchen sink. Replacement filters are very reasonable, 2 sets of 3 for around $50 I think.

APEC Top Tier 5-Stage Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ESSENCE ROES-50) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I0ZGOZM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_5SkuDbSZ9M7QN

u/thepersonwiththeface · 3 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

You can get reverse osmosis water filter systems that you install under your sink for around $200. A bit of an investment, but we installed one about half a year ago and it's been great. You get super pure water from a system like this.

u/good_guy_submitter · 1 pointr/The_Donald

I edited and added a couple more details.

Yeah, the only things that are really safe to drink are:

  • Half n Half (Heavy Cream is better) (i wouldn't touch 2% OR other milk)
  • Home brewed tea, or a good brand with no additives
  • Filtered or Well Water (I prefer reverse osmosis, $180 machine that is easy to install)
  • Coffee
  • Home-made Full-Pulp juices

    Also regarding sugar, the WHO recommends no more than 25g a day. The average american drinks 1 soda a day, and a Coke contains 33g of sugar. -- If you need to sweeten something, the safe options are Stevia, Splenda, or Xylitol (caution xylitol is very unsafe for dogs).

    I can get into the details on all of that if you'd like.
u/sennister · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Traditional carbon type filters won't do much good for a lot of the things you find in water.

This does a pretty good job of describing what it does.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/193977-what-do-carbon-filters-remove-from-water/

I guess I would start by getting a water report. Either send off a sample to find out where you are at or if in a city they might keep one on file and can give it to you which saves $50 or so for a test.

I have a private well at home so I don't have to mess with most of this and my water is good enough to brew with if I want but we have a RO. If I were renting the place I might not want to do a RO system but if you own and plan on being there for a bit I would consider a RO system. They are not that expensive. It will take out all that stuff and give you a clean slate for what you want for water.

Something like this would do the trick and fits under the kitchen sink in most kitchens. Though not much else will fit down there if put there.

http://www.amazon.com/iSpring-RCC7-Legendary-5-Stage-Reverse/dp/B003XELTTG/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1415847427&sr=1-1

u/tbest3 · 1 pointr/microgrowery

This 6 stage is amazing, the reviews are basically gold. Plants love it and it tastes like the best water I've ever had.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005LJ8EXU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_K33bBbMMTMYHV

u/shortyjacobs · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Get a real hardness test first. Money well spent.

Hach 145300 Total Hardness Test Kit, Model 5-B https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008FM7WLU/

Then get a water softener. Put it after your filters. They are easy to install if you have done any plumbing work. I got this one, it’s great (edit: size your water softener based on your hardness test! I had 19 grains hardness. You want to run a week between regen, give or take, with a 20% buffer. 19 grains x 4 people x 75 gallons per day x 7 days x 1.20 buffer is 47,880. I got a 48,000 grain softener):

Metered water softener with 3/4" Fleck 5600SXT control, 48,000 grain capacity with by-pass valve https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GBZ2P6/

My water was quite hard, around 19 grains. The softener fixed that, but made it taste like mud.

So I got an RO system and plumbed it to my fridge only. That was easy too. Took me a couple hours total.

I got this one:

iSpring RCC7 High Capacity Under Sink 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtration System and Ultimate Water Softener- WQA Gold Seal Certified https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003XELTTG/

It’s been a trouble free year now with great tasting water. The showers are a bit slipprier, yes, but my kids are less itchy, and gross shit doesn’t grow over every water source in my house any more. Worth it.

u/laharre · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

This is the one I've been eyeing. It's not the cheapest, but it has good reviews and should give a very clean product. iSpring RCC7 - Most Popular, Built in USA, WQA Gold Seal Certified, Top Notch 5 Stage 75 GPD Reverse Osmosis Water Filter w/ Transparent 1st Stage & Designer Faucet https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003XELTTG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_6ub2xbF9RGCTX

u/grzy7316x · 1 pointr/homeowners

I actually did speak with our town water department, allegedly new wells should be going online in about 6 months, but in the meantime, it is just painful to deal with the smell. I was wondering if it would be possible to take a filter like this (hhttps://www.amazon.com/Culligan-HF-360A-Standard-Housing-Filtration/dp/B000BQUPZ8) ,
but instead of the carbon filter, put in some slow release chlorine tablets like these https://www.amazon.com/CLOROX-Pool-Spa-22005CLXW-Chlorinating/dp/B00PZZFBUO/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Chlorine+Tablets&qid=1551383674&s=gateway&sr=8-3) so that I am not massively shocking my water to the point where it is dangerous to drink.

I already have one of the filters mentioned before fitted with a carbon filter, but could easily put in another one either before or after the existing one. All of my piping in that part of the house is PEX, and I have all the tools to work with PEX, so another filter would be easy to install, and available at the local hardware store for about $50. I figure I could put in a total of about $100 if all I need is chlorine tablets and a filter housing, along with some chlorine test strips to make sure I am not over-chlorinating.

Any idea if my idea would work, or are the tablets too imprecise to be safe for drinking water?

u/semiotist · 1 pointr/Coffee

Did you ever consider a faucet mounted filter. It's faster and more convenient than a pitcher while still cheaper than a reverse osmosis system.

Bonus question: I now use a variable temp bonavita kettle so I can set it to any temperature I want but before that I would usually wait till 20 seconds off a boil.

edit: I only have personal experience with the pur filter linked above and I loved it until it cracked. However reading the reviews as pointed out by allwoundup I've discovered this isn't an uncommon occurence. So you may want to consider a different model like a culligan or Dupont. However I haven't had any personal experience with these models so I can't vouch for them.

u/nofap_throw_ · 2 pointsr/NoFap

Once you give it up you don't want it anymore. Definitely worth giving up. Processed sugar is not good for you, and a can of soda has like 55 grams of it. Not to mention all of the other stuff that is in there.

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I like drinking lemon lime water-- just squeeze half a lemon and half a lime in 16oz of water. I recommend using a gravity filter like this one to get rid of most of the impurities found in tap water.

u/FL-Orange · 1 pointr/Plumbing

Great looking system. I have an iSpring 6 stage system. I would've done the UV too but it would have required doing some electrical work, I only have a single plug receptacle for the disposer. I am on a well with a pretty good house unit but wanted something extra at the kitchen sink, I also have a splitter to feed the refrigerator too.

u/team_pancakes · 1 pointr/Coffee

I dunno about just for coffee, but I use a big berkey for my drinking/cooking water. It's awesome, filters last forever, water tastes great.

u/budgiefacedkiller · 2 pointsr/parrots

I'm pretty poor (lol) so my favorite "budget" HEPA filter is this Germ Guardian tower. The smaller one was perfect for a 1 bedroom apartment. We tried a cheap Honeywell before this one and it was SO NOISY.

For a water filter we have an under-sink filter (like this) and it is awesome! No more changing a filter every 3 months. And it does a really good job filtering our super hard well water.

u/BigK77 · 2 pointsr/sarasota

I have a Kinetico Sulfurguard system with Fleck water softener. The water softener I bought on Amazon and installed myself which is very easy. Kinetico only sells and services through their dealers. My drinking water is better than the city or county. This is the best setup Ive found.

https://www.kinetico.com/specialty-solutions/sulfur-guard-backwashing-filter/
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OGN3162/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_uGqCDbP3RQG4Z

Edit,...the kinetico is a hydrogen peroxide system

u/sadstarfish · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I'm looking for water filter recommendations for my faucet to see if my water might be cause of some of the skin issues I've been having. So far I've only looked at PUR water filters on Amazon because I don't know anything about water filters and they are the only ones I've heard of. I'm not really sure what's the difference between the [basic] (https://www.amazon.com/PUR-Black-Basic-Vertical-Faucet/dp/B009V9K6BY/ref=sr_1_3?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1474066604&sr=1-3&keywords=pur+faucet+water+filter), [2-step] (https://www.amazon.com/PUR-FM-3333B-2-Stage-Vertical-Faucet/dp/B0007ZYUA4/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1474066604&sr=1-2&keywords=pur+faucet+water+filter), and [advanced] (https://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Faucet-Filter-Chrome-FM-3700B/dp/B0009CEKY6/ref=sr_1_8?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1474066604&sr=1-8&keywords=pur+faucet+water+filter) filtration systems. I will not be drinking this water, as I already have another system installed in my kitchen for that. Any advice/recommendations would be appreciated. If there's another sub where someone can direct me for more specific information, that is also appreciated! Thanks!

u/pockified · 1 pointr/tea

How about a reusable teabag or even disposable tea bags? If you happen to live by a Daiso or other kind of dollar store, they sell disposable teabags for about $1.50 for a 100 pack. I think that there are also collapsable tea filters, if you don't mind a non-metal filter.

Otherwise, those are pretty small in terms of infusers (~2.5x4in) that would actually work well with tea. My last suggestion would be using a strainer like this although it's not too different from the second infuser I linked earlier (aside from maybe you could use this to scoop out the leaves). If space is the priority though, I think your teaball is already effective for your needs.

u/boatsbeaton · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

A multi-stage reverse osmosis filter is your best bet. It will produce water that's 99% pure.

Here's a good one:

APEC Top Tier 5-Stage Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ESSENCE ROES-50) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I0ZGOZM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_vB6PAbS3RB8ZZ

u/CanaConnoisseur · 1 pointr/OKmarijuana
  1. Is your tap water that bad you cant just use some ph up/down to balance? I would invest in a RO water system like this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005LJ8EXU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_K33bBbMMTMYHV or this https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Reverse-Osmosis-Filtration-POQ-4B-100/dp/B00DBOXLQC/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1527297170&sr=1-2&keywords=portable+ro%2Bdi
  2. Autos typically get put into the same pot they will be in their whole life. Once the tap root is like an inch you just hop it into its new home. Full 24h light cycles are suggested for best results on most autos. Your nute situation would be dependent on your grow medium etc.. I would recommend some good soil for beginners and aside from just reg feedings I wouldn't use much fertilizers or enhancers just let the light and soil do the work.
  3. Check out r/microgrowery
u/Pink7172 · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

The filter for your shower probably isn't a softener. It's a carbon filter. If you want a point of use filter for your lav faucet this is good as you can turn off and not waste the filter when you don't need to or this for full time filtering. Would need 2 tho. One hot and one cold. Make sure the one for hot is rated for high temp. I think the best bet for your application is the first style.

u/Yakapo88 · 2 pointsr/conspiracy

iSpring RCC7AK 6-Stage Superb Taste High Capacity Under Sink Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System with Alkaline Remineralization - Natural pH https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005LJ8EXU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_tL3KDbN3RBRSV

That one adds minerals to the water. you can get a 5 stage for less money if you don’t want the added minerals.

Edit
If you have a granite counter top, you need a special bit to drill through it.

u/Peuned · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

get a 'portable' 4 stage RO+DI system on ebay. i think amazon comes pretty close, been a few weeks since i checked. it's just normal filters in normal housings, attached to each other and ready to connect. the only issue, if it is one, is that it doesn't come with a storage tank, and it's slow. but i trickle fill multiple 5 gal containers in a day no prob. pay more for more gph but there's no need to pay more as long as your filters are good, the housing doesn't matter much to me.

amazon 100GPD 4 stage RO+DI 70$

the DI filter will need to be changed more frequently, 300-400 gallons. i'd recommend getting a color changing one to replace it with, that way you can gauge exactly when it's used up. one of the best deals for growers.

u/satellite11c · 3 pointsr/PKA

Thanks. FYI to anyone trying to filter water please don't use Brita filters they are crap. Take some time and save up a little cash and invest in a filter system that has a ceramic filter in it, way better and last alot longer. here is what my family use

u/turumti · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

I meant something like this:

Water Distiller, Countertop, White Enamel, Glass Collection https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00026F9F8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_Idp7wbVY0VGXS

I use this because the tap water I get has a weird smell that filters don't seem to remove.

This contraption yields delicious water (i.e. no taste) that is perfectly clean and costs a fraction of what buying bottled water would cost.

It is less convenient than a filter though.

u/glitch1985 · 19 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Allow me to save you a bunch of money.


Buy two of THESE
and something like THIS and THIS
Along with $15 worth of fittings from home depot you'll have many years of spare filters. If you're interested I can go take a picture of my setup. I have these two filters before my water softener.

u/OT-GOD-IS-DEMIURGE · 1 pointr/conspiracy

> Which filtering type is recommended?

was like $170 well worth it for piece of mind and tastes amazing

Here's the link

u/jphop78 · 1 pointr/The_Donald

I have this one...works great, but you will have to install yourself. I don't think being in an apartment is a problem, but you will have to punch a small hole into the drainage pipe under your sink. You may want to consider culligan or another water company and ask your landlord first.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XELTTG/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Also, you can buy gallons of RO water from walmart or any grocery store for about $.80 if you didn't want to mess with the RO unit. Best of luck!

u/Mrsbtoyou · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

My dad bought me this water filter system the day he found out I was pregnant. It's pretty pricey but it was important to him. It makes our water taste amazing and it does filter out lead/

u/midnitewarrior · 1 pointr/EatCheapAndHealthy

This is the cheapest / best / easiest option I found when I switched to filtered water. It takes out the chlorine flavor. It's really easy to install, and it works well.

u/InvaderDust · 7 pointsr/whatisthisthing

The one I bought was called the APEC 5 found here. It cost about 200 and an extra set of replacement filters cost another 50 or so. It took 30 mins to read and understand the instructions and about 10 mins to install. You need to drill one single hole on a pipe thats coming from the bottom of the sink. The part costs like 3 bucks new. I would say to buy one and keep it under the cabinet to replace the one you'd drill a hole in (for waste water of the RO system) when you move. No harm, no foul, next tenants are none the wiser.

i installed the faucet where the sprayer handle was. I never used it anyway so the hole to mount the faucet was already there.

This one is a 5 stage system. 3 charcoal/fiber filters and 2 "membrane" filters. Depending on the quality of the water being purified, your charcoal ones should last 6 months to a year at least! Ive had mine 3 years and changed the charcoal filters only twice. Once the PPM hits 20 or so, ill change them again. A PPM meter costs a few bucks and is 100% worth it to be able to tell when to change filters. Do not skip on this little guy.

The membrane filters should last 5 to 7 years before needing replacement.

our tap water reads -218 PPM

Our Tap into Pur picture gives - 180 PPM

RO after install and first flush - 4 PPM

RO after first year of heavy use - 18 PPM


Put RO into Pur - 150 PPM! (made it much worse!)

Needless to say we threw the Pur away and never looked back. Im spoiled and love the lack of floruide in our water. Coffee, Teas, Cooking, everything got better when we invested in GOOD water. And everytime I fill up my cup or jug, is another plastic bottle that I did not need or throw away. Every time. It feels great!!

u/rjcarr · 1 pointr/funny

OK, that makes sense. You can buy one of those filters that goes directly onto your tap if the container filters don't hold enough water. Something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Culligan-FM-15A-Level-Faucet-Filter/dp/B00006WNMI

Before putting the work in to install though I'd recommend trying a simple container filter to make sure you approve of the taste.

u/pghparagliding · 1 pointr/pittsburgh

https://www.amazon.com/APEC-Reverse-Osmosis-Drinking-Water/dp/B00I0ZGOZM

This is the best one I think. Happy to install it!

u/LargeWu · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

I run mine through a filter pad which catches emulsion and larger solids, then through couple of canister filters, like 25 and 10 microns or so. I have another larger filter I'm going to add in front of those because I'm getting a lot of particles that are clogging things up too often, but otherwise it works pretty well at removing solids and sludge.

https://www.amazon.com/DuPont-WFPF13003B-Universal-000-Gallon-Filtration/dp/B007VZ2O0Q/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=canister+filter+whole+house&qid=1568728664&sr=8-4

u/Logvin · 2 pointsr/phoenix

I've never owned a water softener, but you can easily install an undersink RO system and connect it to your sink/fridge for $150-$200. Costco always sells one in this range, or you can buy one from Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LJ8EXU/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I bought that a few months back, works great. The sediment filter is clear, and its creepy seeing the crap slowly collect at the bottom of it that came in my drinking water if I had no had this in place..

u/pbinj · 1 pointr/The_Donald

I just had my last Baja Blast!

Back to drinking something that's free. Water + good filter.

With all that money we're saving I recommend this filter. https://www.amazon.com/APEC-Water-Countertop-Reverse-Osmosis/dp/B00IB14XDU/

u/ColinsEgo · 5 pointsr/pinealgland

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IB14XDU/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_11?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2M18O26V9DT3Z

This is your best option if you live in an apartment, get an under-the-sink version if you own your property. Distilled water has no fluoride, yes. But it is dangerous because it saps all of your body's minerals from the intestinal tract which is not good. Also the way the water is distilled, chlorine and other cleaning chemicals (which are 1000x more harmful than fluoride) also evaporate with the steam and make its way back into the water when condensed. So yeah best option is a 3-stage Reverse osmosis water purifier.

u/kpne1home · 5 pointsr/Frugal

I grew up drinking city water all my life and recently bought a house with my wife that has a well. Our water tested fine but I just couldn't handle the taste of it. We hated drinking our water. I decided to give a reverse osmosis filer a try. Bought this from amazon, iSpring RCC7AK 75GPD 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis Alkaline Mineral Water Filter System with Brushed Nickel Faucet https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005LJ8EXU/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_Iqxsub17JXMEE

I could not be happier with purchasing this system. I installed it on my basement and ran a line to my fridge and sink for a second faucet. The water tastes like bottled water. The filters aren't super cheap but it's well worth the couple hundred dollars for like 3 years of filters. If you have the ability to install one of these I highly recommend it.

u/quuxman · 0 pointsr/sanfrancisco

Boiling city water is really unnecessary, and although filter pitchers will improve taste, don't remove the worst things in city water. I'm really happy with the RO filter I've been using for over a year: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IB14XDU

u/cbeater · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

been using this water distiller for 4 months.

Has good reviews, couple downsides (does not have power switch) but works great. Just get a power plug timer so that it does not evaporate all the water. The tap water that is left over is yellow.

u/micron429 · 2 pointsr/homeowners

A lot of the homes in my area are on well water. The quality of the water is not necessarily bad, but we do get some sediment (sand) in the water. I used this and it worked great and filters are inexpensive.

u/LesliW · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

We have really bad water and have been really happy with this one.

Culligan FM-15A Advanced Faucet Filter Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006WNMI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_sb0MxbKYDENHH

We bought several of the ones that just snap onto your faucet and every one ended up leaking and turning into a mini-water-fountain within a few weeks. This one actually screws on, so it takes a minute to put on/take off, but it works SO MUCH BETTER. Been using it daily for two years now, and it's under $30.

u/clem78 · 3 pointsr/Home

Of all the major brands of faucet filters I've bought, this is the only one that has never sprung a leak. and the filters are pretty affordable too through amazon subscribe and save.
http://www.amazon.com/Culligan-FM-15A-Level-Faucet-Filter/dp/B00006WNMI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381619939&sr=8-1&keywords=culligan+fm-15a

u/Bhamwiki · 1 pointr/Birmingham

Zero's recycling program will send you a coupon for $10 off your next online filter purchase for every 2 filters you send back by standard USPS shipping.

I can also recommend something like this: https://smile.amazon.com/Woder-10K-DC-Capacity-Connect-Filtration/dp/B00MPGRUNW which can last 2-3 years. I find it very convenient for getting the ochre color out of my tap water and really enjoy not having to deal with a filter pitcher any more.

u/crexor · 6 pointsr/Coffee

The salt you are putting in the tank labeled Kinetico, is not for filtering, that's a water softener. The two black canisters might actually be charcoal filters, unsure from this angle though, and the larger white canister is most likely zeolite, which is recharged with the salt and possibly bleach depending on your setup , hard to tell, your system probably purges nightly. You could add additional whole house filtration, carbon or reverse osmosis, I wouldn't bother with that though unless you have bad smells, like sulphur or rust staining on your clothing. A better option would be a small britta pitcher, or a small triple filter with a RO setup that you plumb in , and install next to your sink. Don't bother with that "diy" method. You could also purchase distilled water from a grocery, or those 5 gallon jugs. Here is an example of the under sink style:
http://smile.amazon.com/iSpring-RCC7-Certified-Under-Sink-See-through/dp/B003XELTTG/
You could get a smaller or larger system, depending on your needs. They sell setups like this at Home Depot and lowes etc, and this will provide superior water quality than a pitcher or faucet style filter. But it really depends on what you are trying to filter out, and what is fouling your water.
Source: have lived on well water most of my life in Florida

u/Loganshaw9 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

RO water filters have gotten pretty cheap recently for the home about 200$ can get you one. i bought this one for mine and i love it.


http://www.amazon.com/iSpring-5-Stage-Reverse-Osmosis-RCC7/dp/B003XELTTG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413387367&sr=8-1&keywords=RO+water+filter

u/Spazmodo · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

I think it's the only way. I read somewhere that other water filters like brita etc that use a carbon filter actually increase the PPM because they use activated carbon. I don't know if that's accurate as I didn't fact check it but...

If you're curious this is the system I got. It will dispense about 2 1/2 gallons of filtered water until the tank is empty and then an hour later it will again. That's enough for me to change out my solution, and then I just top it off.

u/livelaughdesign · 16 pointsr/LifeProTips

I just bought a reverse osmosis system this year bc I moved to a city with water that tastes like a kiddie pool. Around $200 on Amazon that even adds the minerals back in... one of my best purchases of all time. We keep two pitched or water in the fridge at all time so when one runs out theres a full, cold one waiting. I'll never not have one again.

EDIT: Added link since someone else asked for it.

u/DarthContinent · 1 pointr/LosAngeles

I live in Florida and we have relatively hard city water, our PUR filter does very well at removing the chlorine taste. Haven't tried it with well water, however; some friends of ours though have a well and water softener system and that makes it quite drinkable if just a bit salty.

u/pokemon_fetish · 1 pointr/TumblrInAction

> Drink clean filtered water

Like, from a [Berkey?](https://www.amazon.ca/Berkey-Water-Filter-2-Filters-Fluoride/dp/B00BWIX1EQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492923704&sr=8-
1&keywords=berkey+big+water+filter)

>Neanderthal reptilian freemason demon

Definitely a Berkey.

u/JClocale · 3 pointsr/AskNYC

Brita filters only claim to remove "chlorine taste and odor, copper, mercury and cadmium". None of those are really a concern unless your building has ancient pipes, and personally I've never detected a chlorine taste or odor.

In fact, if you don't change your brita filters regularly, they can harbor bacteria which can actually make your water less safe.

If you really want to purify the shit out of your drinking water, you need a multi-stage reverse osmosis filtration system.

u/fuelvolts · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Nice! I burned through a solenoid on my fridge and the replacement part was $25 + shipping. I ended up finding this Culligan US-EZ-1 kit on Amazon, which is similar to yours:

http://www.amazon.com/Culligan-US-EZ-1-EZ-Change-Undersink-Filtration/dp/B000THIZUG

Filter is good for 3000 gallons and/or 1 year. Replacement filters are $10 Prime Shipped. Works great for me!

Filter Unit

Faucet it comes with. Please excuse the dirty sink, I was doing some drywall work in the kitchen, too.


Only problem is that I had 3/8 in fittings instead of 1/2 in. The kit comes with a 1/2 splitter to use, but it was worthless to me. Had to get a saddle valve kit on Amazon for about $8 shipped. A saddle valve pierces the actual copper tubing. It took a lot of courage to twist that handle to pierce the tubing!

Saddle Valve installed.

u/invenio78 · 14 pointsr/news

Good comments. You are correct. You can get an additional filter attachment on my unit that adds back minerals into the water.

You are correct, these systems are not "whole" house (I believe that is what you were referring to). However, with lead, it's really a drinking water problem. Showering and bathing is not a problem. Also, remember that lead contamination is more of a child issue and not adult. So really what needs to be done is "protecting the children's drinking water supply". So if little Johnny is drinking filtered water, the exposure to lead regardless of bathing and toilet water is is pretty much negligible.

This is the system that I bought: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XELTTG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've been watching the transparent filter casing and for 2 people they seem to last a full year. Obviously a house with more people is going to use the filters up faster. Also, I'm sure that different models have different filter change rates. I was just using my example.

u/CandyCheetoSteamboat · 2 pointsr/Documentaries

Sure. Looking back at my order it is actually a 6 stage kit.

They do make simpler (cheaper) kits as well. This is just the one I settled on.

PS: I'm not associated with this seller or product. This is just what I bought based on reviews and cost of maintenance items (new filters) and have been happy with it.

u/idunnopotato · 2 pointsr/Documentaries

> Brita

https://www.amazon.com/APEC-Countertop-Water-Installation-Free-RO-CTOP/dp/B00IB14XDU

If you can afford it and and willing to hook that up to the sink and wait 10 minutes to fill up a jug then that's worth it for the best tasting water ever.

This one you gotta install so depending on where you live if you own or rent then this might be worth it https://www.amazon.com/APEC-WFS-1000-Capacity-Under-Sink-Water/dp/B00TT9I2PS

u/saryu38 · 1 pointr/Coffee

A quick search found this

It has decent reviews. 10,000gal/$100 = $0.01/gal

Also looks like it has easy to install hoses, rather than a plumbed system.

For $180 you could get a commercial 3M filter system rated for about 35000gal. Honestly thats overkill.

EDIT: I see you are subletting. This system should simply screw in and out of your faucet. You can take it with you.

u/Animum_Rege · 4 pointsr/veganfitness

If you're concerned about it, might as well test yourself. See this video: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/testing-your-diet-with-pee-purple-cabbage/

You could also use a cheap pH meter like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PU0W35K/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2KV19AYUKS3X0

If you're worried about metabolic acidosis, just eat more vegetables: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/increasing-protein-intake-age-65/

If you want to take it a step further, you could install a RO water system, like this one with 6 stages. The 6th stage is an alkaline remineralization filter, and you could buy more of the alkaline filters and daisy chain them until you get to your desired alkaline pH level (using the aforementioned pH meter).

u/WillGrowNE · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

I use this one. Keeps me under 10ppm and super easy to install.

u/brulosopher · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

No, it's not an RO water filter, just a standard carbon RV filter. My source water is great for brewing, I just filter it to remove any chlorine that might be present, even though it's really low to begin with.

Here's an inexpensive RO filter I used when my water was temporarily switched to a different well, it worked awesome, taking my TDS from 380 ppm to 2 ppm.

u/Sarstan · 2 pointsr/Bakersfield

That's less about the region and more about how it's being stored. You'll want to double check your containers are sealing properly and that your refrigerator is staying a proper temperature.
If you're concerned about the water, which isn't going to be much better or worse than most places in California, get a filter on your tap. I have something very similar to this on my faucet for drinking water. It's not that the water is unsafe to drink, but more so it does have tastes in it that I want out. Either way, those filters can be found in any major department store for sure, or even something like Home Depot or Lowe's.

u/1bighack · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

This is what we currently use, installed 10 months ago, love it, we only use it for water and ice but it gets a lot of use. Installed and used many different filter systems over the years, this is my favorite. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0144MFPOA/ref=sspa_mw_detail_0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/Endall · 2 pointsr/HerbGrow

This was the filter, xandarg recommended it. Seems to working fine. Really slow though compared to before. My tap water is only 40ppm? So besides the chloramine it is pretty good.

I might buy RO/distilled by the gallon in the future like you've suggested when I get into living soil or hydro. Right now i'm still using liquid nutrients but with my new plants i'm going to try some worm castings tea. So i'll want to get rid of the chloramine for that. I'll be doing some comparisons though to see if the type of water is really making that much of a difference with my garden when it comes to the tea.

u/potstillin · 1 pointr/firewater

z32 is talking about a system to maintain a closed loop cooling system. So you don't have to add new cool water, just remove heat from reservoir water.

My original post was about basically making a fairly flat worm and blowing air over it to condense vapor. Just an idea I found intriguing, water cooling makes much more sense for most of us. I would imagine the small air cooled distillers use some form of this setup. [distiller] ( http://www.amazon.com/Water-Distiller-Countertop-Enamel-Collection/dp/B00026F9F8) alcohol vapor is much easier to condense than water vapor.

u/SD-777 · 7 pointsr/newjersey

Well so much for that, looks like we do indeed also have elevated lead levels. https://www.nj.com/morris/2019/05/another-nj-town-finds-spiked-lead-levels-in-its-drinking-water.html I do have a reverse osmosis water filter system, will have to look up the specs to see how much lead it blocks.

Edit: Are these effective? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I0ZGOZM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I have one installed in my home and change the filters every 6 months. It says it gets 99% of lead among other things. I'm going to get a home kit and see what the test says.

u/well-that-was-fast · 5 pointsr/AirBnB

Not sure it's required, hotel rooms don't give you access to a kitchen it's BYOB or tap water.

But, if you're charging more than a hotel room, or you're super nice -- you could probably put an under-sink filter in the bathroom and label it "filtered drinking water". Put a couple glasses in the bedroom.

u/halogrand · 2 pointsr/DIY

Still seems like a huge waste of money.

If you are getting the 24 pack at $24 (or $20.40 after your 15% discount), and you go through your recommended 3.7 liters (assuming your a male adult) which is roughly 7.4 bottles a day. Over a 30 day month you are drinking 222 bottles of Fiji water costing about $188.70/month, or $2264.40/year.

Sticking with Amazon, you can get a 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis filter with installation for about $450.

Even if we consider this to be on the low end and you went with a plumber for installation and parts/service it would be cheaper withing a year than your current setup (with a LOT less environmental impact).

EDIT: Just read you are also cooking with it as well! Seriously, just get the System, save money and the environment.

u/followupquestion · 1 pointr/preppersales

This is a better deal, as shipping is free:
Augason Farms 55 gallon kit

u/iRideKTM · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I feel you are overpaying for the filters and housings. Here are some Dupont housings that are substantially cheaper. Also I noticed you have a water softening filter in there, you might want to just look at installing a real water softening solution, amazon has a nice one that would do a better job than just a single softening filter, especially because that filter is only rated at 2gpm

u/Echochrome3 · 1 pointr/homeautomation

iSpring RCC7AK 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005LJ8EXU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_WSPxYaq6mWVie

Currently, because of living in an apartment and not wanting to lose my security deposit, I have the filter attached to a diverter valve on the sinks aerator. That then runs to a frame created for the filter/tank.

The drain currently drains into the bathroom tub. The original goal with the reverse osmosis was to water plants with it, so I just need to relocate the drain tube.

u/jonathanrdt · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Here is the final product so you can see what $60k got me. I have a deep satisfaction every time I enter that room.

Also: spend time on a lighting plan and put speakers in the ceiling that you can drive w sonos or whatever. I did counter lighting, cans, and hanging lights that you can't see on the pic. Digital controls by Insteon brought it all together, and the lighting simply rules.

I also did a commercial charcoal water filter in the basement that feeds a second sink faucet and the fridge. It's high flow, so you can fill a pot, an it's way better than using the built in fridge filters. Here is what I used: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BQUPZ8/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_DQqxub0M1DRDP

http://imgur.com/c6g99Qg

If you want to know more, PM me.

u/dieter_naturlich · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I've been making 1 gallon with a piece of aluminum foil on the jug of apple wine for about eight years and use a Water Distiller to help it taste better. Never had a problem yet

u/AJ-Taylor · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Depending on what your water is like, you might not need something as expensive as that. I only need to filter sediment from my well and am not worried about heavy metals or pesticides, so these work fine:

https://www.amazon.com/DuPont-WFPF13003B-Universal-000-Gallon-Filtration/dp/B007VZ2O0Q

u/keekah · 2 pointsr/functionalprint

This is the one I purchased a few years ago. Very simple to install. Swapping filters is super simple as well.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001DVW0PI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_-G49AbDFJM30Q

u/Timbo1986 · 3 pointsr/chicago

Super glad I just installed this filter last week. I never had a problem with the taste of chicago water. I've have been drinking it unfiltered my whole life. But, damn, this filter make the water taste so good!

u/Zermus · 2 pointsr/plano

I bought mine off Amazon and installed it myself watching Youtube videos. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005LJ8EXU/

You can certainly take them with you when you move. As far as what your complex allows, I'm not sure on that one since I live in a house. You can get reverse osmosis water from grocery stores too, though. Just buy a 5 gallon jug and water cooler, they have those on amazon or at walmart, and you can fill them up at the grocery store for like a dollar.

u/Ashesofthewake · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

It sounds like you need a softener. The fleck ones are popular. A softener would help with the problems you described. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00OGN3162/


You should test again though and confirm.


The first thing you posted is basically 2 big blues but way more money. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0014C3IOS/

Both things you posted are housings. The second one is basically a single housing that has multiple filters where as the first one is 2 housings which would each have a filter each. Most likely 1 particulate, 1 carbon. They would both more or less do the same thing

That being said it sounds like you need the softener not the filter.

u/hack-the-gibson · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

This is a really interesting idea. It would probably also make the tap water more palatable too. I'm not sure why I didn't think of this myself. Thanks. I'm currently looking at getting this one. I don't suppose you own one yourself? If so, what are your experiences?

u/cowpen · 1 pointr/firewater

These distilling devices are perfectly legal in the US...

Not very practical for the purposes generally espoused in this subreddit however.

u/the262 · 2 pointsr/espresso

I use a iSpring RCC7AK. You can find it on Amazon for about $200: https://www.amazon.com/iSpring-RCC7AK-Capacity-Drinking-Remineralization/dp/B005LJ8EXU

It takes my ~600 TDP softened well water down to 100 TDP and tastes great. I have it direct plumed to my ECM machine and it provides a steady 2 bars of pressure.

u/Binsky89 · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

Have you tried a Culligan filter? In my old town the tap water tasted like drinking out of a swimming pool, but the filter made it 100% better.

u/mash711 · 2 pointsr/sandiego

I also rent and bought this guy: APEC Water - US Made - Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filter - Portable & Installati... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IB14XDU/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awd_Sn.OwbE0WQ5B2

Very easy to setup. I have the tube going into a glass water tank beside my kitchen sink. I can take a picture later if you're interested. I tested the water coming out and was amazed at the difference.

Too bad RO is so energy intensive, otherwise the water departments would switch in a heartbeat.

u/kesekimofo · 1 pointr/orangecounty

I just use this. Works great. I ended up swapping out the faucet after a year tho. End was peeling and showing patina. Nothing bad with that. Just didn't like it aesthetically.

u/itsrattlesnake · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

My wife and I lived in Shreveport (aka, the Big Sleazy) for a while and we had some foul tasting tap water up there. Ultimately, we got under sink water filters made by 3M. It was easy to install and the filter lasted for about 6 months at a time. It worked well enough that we bought a second one for the ice maker.

Of course, you can always go hardcore and get reverse osmosis.

u/mki401 · 1 pointr/lancaster

Just buy a tap filter for $20. I have this one and love it.

u/ccc1912 · 1 pointr/firewater

Wish I could do something like that, My still just makes brandy.

u/michaelien · 1 pointr/Denton

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005LJ8EXU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1JN0EEO9BYQNT&coliid=I2B7N2VD83TB61

My rommates and I put this in my last house. It made some of the best tasting water I've ever had.

u/TooManyKittiesInHere · 2 pointsr/homeowners

We have purchased this whole-house water filter which is rated for lead, amongst several other contaminants: http://www.wavehomesolutions.com/product/citysupreme-city-water-system/

Here are the third party lab results: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0214/9282/files/DPAmTest_11-2012.pdf?2202

How to read the results:

  • The first page of results ("Client Identification: Source ") shows baseline (unfiltered). Look at the "results" column to see the levels.
  • The following three pages show results after filtration. They sampled 3 times, that's why there are 3 pages.
  • The last two pages demonstrate their equipment is accurate.

    A cheaper option would be to get a Berkey Water filter like this: https://www.amazon.com/Berkey-Countertop-Elements-Fluoride-Filters/dp/B00BWIX1EQ
u/justcallmebitty · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Filtered tap water:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TT9I2PS

Sediment filter followed by two carbon filters. Best investment in water quality I've made to date for both brewing and regular drinking.

u/ismon · 1 pointr/Coffee

You can get a RO setup for $200 on Amazon. I dunno about all the science behind making coffee with RO water but it tastes good to me. And a mere tenth as unaffordable as your estimate!

u/emperorisnaked7 · 1 pointr/nature

I never said to repeal it. Repealing it would be bad. I don't support Trump or Obama. Also, I don't believe those filters completely filter out the lead. At best it's 99.x%, but that's from a really nice filter. What kind of filters did they get? Also, they are still showering in the water. What do you have to say about that? Did they also give everyone shower filters?

I found the first filter crappy that they offer: https://www.amazon.com/Brita-Basic-Faucet-Filter-System/dp/B000EOOQPW/?ie=UTF8&qid=1498673099&sr=8-3&keywords=brita+saff-100

This one is much better that they offer: https://www.amazon.com/PUR-3-Stage-Advanced-7-7-Inch-3-2-Inch/dp/B0009CEKY6/?ie=UTF8&qid=1498673366&sr=8-1&keywords=pur+faucet+mount+fm-3700b

And they offer this too, which I think would be needed: https://www.amazon.com/ZeroWater-Cup-Dispenser-Meter-ZD-018/dp/B003QXM3U8/?ie=UTF8&qid=1498673456&sr=8-1&keywords=ZeroWater+23-Cup+Dispenser+ZD-018

u/doorgunner_righ · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I know this will distill. And the video when I saw the video I picked up the distiller and even today I make great brandy, I buy the cheap 1 gallon wine and let the distiller do the work.

u/nimbletendiefinder · 1 pointr/conspiracy

I have a berkey which is great because it's big enough to use for everything. I find when I use any other water source I don't feel 100%

u/trshtehdsh · 1 pointr/funny

Get a filter. This one is $40 and works really well. Save some cash, better for the planet, yada yada bottled water is a scam.

u/Combative_Douche · 6 pointsr/legaladvice

Why do you feel you are entitled to an in-fridge water filter? Most people don't have one. It's a luxury. If filtered water is so important to you, get one for your sink. This one is like 20 bucks.

u/RugerRedhawk · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Why not go with a standard household sediment filter like this? http://www.amazon.com/Culligan-HF-360A-Sediment-Cartridge-Included/dp/B000BQUPZ8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1462459177&sr=8-6&keywords=culligan+sediment+filter

You can hook up to with with copper FIP fittings, and the filters are available everywhere. Put it after your well pump.

u/hezbollottalove · 1 pointr/fixit

Expansion tanks are pretty much interchangeable across all RO systems. So not really helpful. If the RO looks like this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I0ZGOZM?psc=1 then you should be in good shape. They're not phenomenal, but very fixable. Any way you could show me the pictures? I could probably ID the unit for you.

u/TheEyeofEOS · 1 pointr/AnalogCommunity

Nope.

You'll need to fix your water or buy water. The only way to fix it is to reverse osmosis filter it. Most walmarts have RO water filter systems in their storefront that sell it for a $1 or so for 5 gallons (those water filling machines). Verify it's RO first. Also ask around local businesses. There's a small artesian ice tea shop in my town that sells RO water from their production facility for almost nothing. Using RO water was one of the considerations I had to work out when opening my film lab as well.

If you want to play the long game, you can get one of these

u/DevilDog1966 · 1 pointr/Plumbing

Good on ya for the softener, because you do have hard water. As for the r/O what kind of sink/countertop do you have? Most 5 Stage r/O's are relatively the same. If you get a brand such as Culligan, you'll have to buy their filters that are usually twice the price of generic. Take a look at Amazon and pick out something that meets your needs. We have installed 100's similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/APEC-5-Stage-Reverse-Drinking-Water/dp/B00I0ZGOZM/ref=sr_1_12?s=kitchen-bath&ie=UTF8&qid=1539617942&sr=1-12&keywords=reverse+osmosis+system

u/Crusader_1096 · 14 pointsr/milliondollarextreme

Look into distillation systems. They do a pretty good job of getting most shit out of water, last a long time, and often cost less than filtration systems: https://chestsculpting.com/how-to-remove-estrogen-from-your-drinking-water/. I personally like the concept of small countertop distillers: https://www.amazon.com/Megahome-Countertop-Water-Distiller-Collection/dp/B00026F9F8

u/jonoslicer · 3 pointsr/NewOrleans

APEC Top Tier 5-Stage Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ESSENCE ROES-50) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I0ZGOZM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ObyqDbHBA5H7V

u/drinkplentyofwater · 1 pointr/water

Buy an RO setup.

APEC Top Tier 5-Stage Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ESSENCE ROES-50) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I0ZGOZM/

u/Spac3Gh0st · 2 pointsr/news

APEC - Top Tier - Built in USA - Ultra Safe, Premium 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ROES-50) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I0ZGOZM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_KYdLwbQJZ4ECJ

u/ice_castles · 1 pointr/phoenix

I've been happy with this. Had it for about 16 months.

APEC Portable Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System, Installation-Free, fits most STANDARD FAUCET (RO-CTOP) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IB14XDU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_gqWHDbA54HXBD

u/TheGremlyn · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

A whole house water filter can help a lot with the sediment, and if you use a charcoal block filter, it could be pretty decent water. The iron is a tough one if there really is a lot of iron in there. Might as well get it tested to find out, not that expensive from Ward Labs.

u/wildscenic · 3 pointsr/vandwellers

I use a three stage household water filtration system. The first one is a string wound sediment filter, the second is a basically just carbon and the third is a ceramic shell with a carbon core.

Basically like this: https://www.amazon.com/APEC-WFS-1000-Capacity-Under-Sink-Water/dp/B00TT9I2PS/

The replacement cartridges are a standard size, so you can get whatever ones are most appropriate for your needs, and just use it as a single or two-stage filter as well.

u/k_rol · 2 pointsr/worldnews

Why is a system like this at $200 not working for you? It seems to be praised in this very post.

u/self-synthesis · 1 pointr/microgrowery

Sorry, I'm still too inexperienced to provide advice. I found a counter-top R.O. system for $250. If it lasts a year, that's $21 a month to avoid hauling water from elsewhere, or spend the time and resources experimenting with dropping the TDS. Compare the tap water in my comment above vs. Brita vs. this R.O. system:

Brita = pH7.0, ~710ppm TDS

R.O. = pH9.2, ~50ppm TDS

The Brita does almost nothing to TDS, but apparently removes some calcium carbonate. The high pH on the R.O. is likely not a concern because there's very little substance affecting the pH- adding anything will bring the water to that supplement's pH pretty quickly.

u/redditor100k · 5 pointsr/news

I installed a 6 stage filter, it's great. The lines and fittings are made of polypropylene if anyone's wondering. The fittings they sell at home depot are not food safe plastics so make sure you buy polypropylene fittings if you need any extra ones.

https://www.amazon.com/iSpring-Capacity-Drinking-Alkaline-Remineralization/dp/B005LJ8EXU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1539888546&sr=8-3&keywords=water+filter+6+stage

u/ATL_Scouter · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I was introduced to the Berkey water filter a few years ago, picked one up and haven’t used anything else since. It is a gravity fed filter system, and comes in various size models to fit your needs. The water tastes incredible from a Berkey. There are a bunch of videos on YouTube of folks even filtering lake and pond water to show its effectiveness. They are a bit pricey though, and need to have their filters replaced every 10,000 gallons or so. They also offer a fluoride filter add on if that is something that interests you.

Big Berkey BK4X2 Countertop Water Filter System with 2 Black Berkey Elements and 2 Fluoride Filters https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BWIX1EQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_mcUvCbPFWRMBH

u/AdolphEinstien · 3 pointsr/nutrition

We use a Berkey water filter for all our drinking and cooking water.
It improved the taste and cleared up some stomach issues that we hadn't realized was water related.

u/BlindLemonLars · 7 pointsr/news

I use a $30 Culligan filter under my kitchen sink, with a basic (cheap) activated charcoal element...it strips out all the chlorine taste in my municipal water and leaves it tasting indistinguishable from bottled water. More advanced filters are available for areas with less palatable water. Screw buying bottled water from these leeches on society.

http://www.amazon.com/Culligan-US-EZ-1-EZ-Change-Undersink-Filtration/dp/B000THIZUG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405362270&sr=8-1&keywords=Culligan+US-EZ-1+EZ-Change+Undersink+Drinking+Water+Filtration+System

u/financiallyanal · 2 pointsr/SleepApnea

In the US - midwest. Do you have a Wal*Mart in the area? If so, that should be easy. But I've been to Kroger and other local chains without any trouble.

At $4/gallon, you'll probably come out ahead with an in-home distillation machine: https://www.amazon.com/Megahome-Countertop-Water-Distiller-Collection/dp/B00026F9F8/

u/xilvar · 3 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

Many water filters work well at removing lead and other impurities. I'm fond of the culligan faucet mount filter. Bought it for the second time recently in California when they used some weird algae tasting water for a while.

https://www.amazon.com/Culligan-FM-15A-Advanced-Faucet-Filter/dp/B00006WNMI

u/LeifCarrotson · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Yes, especially if you're on well water you need/want a filter (not RO, just a solids filter) before the softener. The resin pellets in the softener will be destroyed by incoming silt or solids. It's cheap insurance.

Something like this:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007VZ2O0Q/
Is all you need. Maybe a little bigger if you have many bathrooms.

u/drawkin · 2 pointsr/vegas

I hear you, I do still add some flavor to my water (lemons, mio, or even fruit flavored green or black tea bags).

I'm not sure how the costco R/O system and this Amazon one compare, but I did some research a while back & if I ever did get an R/O unit, this is the one I would get. (Based on reviews on how the water tastes like bottled water)

u/albatrossssss · 2 pointsr/Coffee

My wife and I cruise quite often, and I couldn't figure out why the coffee always tasted bad. I even started bringing Starbucks via packets, which I know aren't the best but are pretty good for instant coffee. The thing is they even tasted bad. So one day I decided to get hot water from the café they have on board, and the coffee was night and day better. Ended up with the difference was that the café had extra filtration to remove chlorine from the water.

So to get to the point, I have KC/Independence water which is rated one of the best in the nation, but I started using a water filtration System, now it's very difficult to go back to normal tapwater. I never thought my home brew coffee tasted bad, but now I never go back.

Here's the system that I use, it may be a little bit overkill but we now use it for any cooking or drinking water.

iSpring RCC7AK 6-Stage Residential Under-Sink Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System w/ Alkaline Remineralization - WQA Gold Seal Certified, 75 GPD https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005LJ8EXU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_x-Blyb6KE0HZN

u/pensotroppo · 2 pointsr/LosAngeles

For everyone with horrible tap, you can distill your own. http://www.amazon.com/Water-Distiller-Countertop-Enamel-Collection/dp/B00026F9F8

Is it as convenient as having great tap water to begin with? No. But it's an alternative to "oh well, guess I'm giving my money to Big H2O."

u/yanman · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I tried the 100 micron filter and it left about 50% of the chlorine in the water.

This 3M filter works much better.

u/Concise_Pirate · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

Tap water is different in every city or town, so we cannot answer this question for you. Ask your local water provider, or post details here.

For the strongest water filtration consider a reverse osmosis system. example

u/iaintbrainwashed · 1 pointr/philadelphia

I just installed a Nahla Pure 3 year filter under the kitchen sink. When i went to get the link for you, the price had gone from under 100 to 165, so i found this product-example instead. Makes the water taste sooooo much better.

http://www.amazon.com/Woder%C2%AE-10K-GenII-Capacity-Connect-Filtration/dp/B0144MFPOA?ie=UTF8&keywords=nahla%20pure&qid=1465485289&ref_=sr_1_4&sr=8-4

u/Bigfamei · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I use this one. Its been a solid so far. As a way to clear the cholorimines out of the city water. Also use it as drinking water.

That way I can have an idea when its failing.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0144MFPOA/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

When it does fail. Someone in my WOW guild is using this one. May move to it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008KL0JG6/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_9?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

u/albaMP4 · 1 pointr/milwaukee

Has anyone installed a reverse osmosis drinking water filter system? It looks like one of the cheapest ways to filter water in the long run, although it does waste water. This one has really good reviews.

u/p_rplepanther · 2 pointsr/conspiracy

These are so separated from air it's pretty hard for mold to grow.

u/govegan_ctfu · 2 pointsr/PlantBasedDiet

It's not a pitcher but we use an [APEC countertop filtration system] (https://www.amazon.com/APEC-Countertop-Water-Installation-Free-RO-CTOP/dp/B00IB14XDU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1539917641&sr=8-3&keywords=apec+countertop). It's $229 and a bit more if you go for the UV filter. You can also get a re-mineralization filter that adds calcium.

It attaches to the end of a faucet with a bypass. We live in an apartment and they had no issues with us installing it. I don't think there's any all-in-one pitcher (like Brita) that will come close to most bottled waters.

APEC is pricey compared to pitchers, but the savings is worth it if your drinking something like Evian for 100% of your water.

u/Trub_Maker · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

If you buy a universal size like This then the filters are cheap and available at any hardware store. Many RV models have unique proprietary filters you must buy from the manufacturer.

Also the larger size can handle more volume and that means faster fills and shorter brew days!

u/SpiderPantsGong · 0 pointsr/Permaculture

Berkey.

They are not cheap and you won't find them at Wal-Mart, but they're absolutely worth it.

u/carnevoodoo · 2 pointsr/homeowners

I have this one:

https://www.amazon.com/iSpring-RCC7-Certified-5-Stage-Drinking/dp/B003XELTTG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1495652111&sr=8-3&keywords=reverse+osmosis

This is a kitchen sink model. It has a spout that comes up and I also attached it to the refrigerator, so our ice maker and door water use it. I don't care about the rest of the house having hard water. I grew up in this region, and it has always been the case. I think for whole house purposes, you'll probably want something more robust than that 20 dollar filter, but it all depends on what you want to get out of it.

So I guess the question is, what do you want out of it?

u/thedogshittacos · 3 pointsr/conspiracy

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005A3WM6C/

https://www.amazon.com/Berkey-Countertop-Elements-Fluoride-Filters/dp/B00BWIX1EQ

Okay there are a couple good ones I know of, but I do NOT support ordering anything from amazon. Try to find these elsewhere if anyone has time, post the links.

u/zarakand · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Thanks for all of the comments. I ended up purchasing this one last night: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XD2KN2G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Mainly because the reviews seemed good and Fakespot and ReviewMeta didn't find too many fake reviews.

Our fridge is across the room from the sink...so I'm going to have to see if I need a second system for that to work or if I can find a way to plumb it.

u/PM_ME_PICS_OF_CORGIS · 0 pointsr/chicago
u/CMSigner · 1 pointr/Charlotte

We had a similar issue when we moved to charlotte. All the water tastes like a public pool--in our opinion. We had to get a reverse osmosis system. We got this one.

u/zomgryanhoude · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

They are usually under sink setups with separate faucet/filters/tank.

Something like this.

u/Skywalk_Holmes · 1 pointr/kzoo

I don't know much about water testing kits, but I picked up one of these reverse osmosis systems almost 2 years ago, and it has been worth every penny.

u/kizzle69 · 2 pointsr/SavageGarden

I bought a counter top model when I was in my apartment. In fact, I believe I still have it....

This is it. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IB14XDU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_GLSxDbN5X2RTQ

I justified the purchase because we also used it for our drinking water. 220 bucks up front and no more buying water at all

u/bebravechoosejoy · 6 pointsr/BabyBumps

We bought gallons of nursery water for our son 7 years ago and used it at room temp. Now we have a big berkey and we will just use the filtered water from that.

We would pre-fill bottles with correct amount of water and pre-measure the correct amount of formula into a formula dispenser. When we needed a bottle just pour the formula into the bottle and mix. If we wanted to warm the bottle (which was hardly ever), we would just fill a cup with hot water and put the bottle into it to take the chill off.

u/firestorm_v1 · 1 pointr/Plumbing

it's a water filter that attaches to the sink faucet, kinda like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/PUR-Advanced-Faucet-Filter-FM-3700B/dp/B0009CEKY6

u/notmymoney · 1 pointr/occult

how do you distill it ? just with a regular distiller?

like this

This is some real shit. Would love to chat with you more re astro magick.

u/big_orange_ball · 2 pointsr/pics

You could just distill it if I'm not mistaken. THere are a ton of water distillers on amazon for under $200.

u/workacnt · 1 pointr/pittsburgh

I'm looking at purchasing a reverse osmosis system for my new house. Relatively cheap on Amazon, not too difficult to install.

Here's one I'm looking at: https://www.amazon.com/APEC-5-Stage-Reverse-Drinking-Water/dp/B00I0ZGOZM/

u/OVERGROUND7 · 3 pointsr/TrueReddit

This one has been working well for me: https://www.amazon.com/iSpring-RCC7-Filtration-Softener-Certified/dp/B003XELTTG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1526668802&sr=8-3&keywords=5+stage+reverse+osmosis+filter

The filter sizes are standard (and inexpensive) too so you can try out different ones depending on if your local water management adds chloramines or regular chlorine to the tap water. Buy a TDS meter too so you know when to change the filters.

u/sharplikeginsu · 2 pointsr/PressureCooking

If you needed to distill a lot, it might be worth investing in a dedicated countertop unit.

u/juggerthunk · 1 pointr/Cooking

You can use a spice bag if the recipe has enough liquid to allow it to steep.

u/lookattheseangels · 4 pointsr/kansascity

Following! I need a softener too.

Also, if you want to do it up real nice after you get a softener - cannot recommend this water filter enough. Has a large under sink tank so water is always available on demand and tastes PHENOMENAL. Seriously.

iSpring RCC7 High Capacity Under Sink 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtration System and Ultimate Water Softener- WQA Gold Seal Certified https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003XELTTG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_YKpRCbKYWCQBQ

u/the_khan_lives · 1 pointr/vegas

For drinking water, my fridge has a water filter and i distill that water with a countertop water distiller i purchased from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Water-Distiller-Countertop-Enamel-Collection/dp/B00026F9F8