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Date: 14 Mar 2007 17:53:16
From: Robert Harmon
Subject: putting in a water softener
I'm replacing my RO filter setup with a water softener. This will be used in
my home for my Bunn ES-1A. Is there a brand or size that would be optimum
for home (light) use?

I plan on adding a bar sink & faucet which will also be connected to the
softener. I'll be putting in a point of use, demand activated, electric
water heater. Should I run the line to the hot water through the softener
too or should I split the water line between the softener & heater?
--
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Tomorrow?) Harmon
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Date: 21 Mar 2007 11:54:48
From: DavidMLewis
Subject: Re: putting in a water softener
On 21, 7:42 am, bernie <bdig...@zianet.com > wrote:
> We pre-condition our water with a sodium water softener which adds
> way too much salt taste to any system. The water then passes through a
> system of three step-down cartrige filters. After that it passes through
> a commercial RO membrane that reduces TDS to around 10 which is also out
> of spec for brew water. Then the water passes through a trickle filter
> which puts back enough particulate to raise the TDS reading to about
> 140ppm.

"Trickle filter?" Is that some sort of calcite filter or something
more sophisticated? I've never seen TDS that high out of a calcite
filter, but suspect that the coffee would taste better if I had it.

Best,
David



 
Date: 21 Mar 2007 08:42:58
From: bernie
Subject: Re: putting in a water softener
Robert Harmon wrote:
> I'm replacing my RO filter setup with a water softener. This will be used in
> my home for my Bunn ES-1A. Is there a brand or size that would be optimum
> for home (light) use?
>
> I plan on adding a bar sink & faucet which will also be connected to the
> softener. I'll be putting in a point of use, demand activated, electric
> water heater. Should I run the line to the hot water through the softener
> too or should I split the water line between the softener & heater?

We pre-condition our water with a sodium water softener which adds
way too much salt taste to any system. The water then passes through a
system of three step-down cartrige filters. After that it passes through
a commercial RO membrane that reduces TDS to around 10 which is also out
of spec for brew water. Then the water passes through a trickle filter
which puts back enough particulate to raise the TDS reading to about
140ppm. Careful with soft water as it can easily impart a tinge to the
taste.
Bernie


 
Date: 14 Mar 2007 11:55:13
From:
Subject: Re: putting in a water softener
On 14, 10:53 am, "Robert Harmon" <r_h_har...@Zhotmail.com > wrote:
> I'm replacing my RO filter setup with a water softener. This will be used in
> my home for my Bunn ES-1A. Is there a brand or size that would be optimum
> for home (light) use?
>
> I plan on adding a bar sink & faucet which will also be connected to the
> softener. I'll be putting in a point of use, demand activated, electric
> water heater. Should I run the line to the hot water through the softener
> too or should I split the water line between the softener & heater?
> --
> Robert (For now there's nothing wrong with maintaining the status quo.
> Tomorrow?) Harmonhttp://tinyurl.com/pou2yhttp://tinyurl.com/psfobhttp://tinyurl.com/fkd6r


I'm nearly pleased with my current set up, but this is a description,
not an endorsement:

I have sink-top Instant hot water dispenser and cold water dispenser
that share a carbon filter, but these are not softened. My water is
hard, but the insta-hot continues to perform at 197 f (8 yrs).

For my direct plumb LaSpaziale, I use the pair of canisters that
ChrisCoffee sells---these are xacto knife, push-pull John Guest
fittings and tube----a very good product and easy to tap into the hard-
plumb system.

Problem: the softener cuts the hardness down to near zero, and that
does affect coffee taste. I may be on the way to a solution. With a
couple of additional "Ts", I've added a bypass that goes from the
source tube around the softener and into the carbon cartridge. A ball
valve on this loop gives me some measure of flow control. Trial and
error has gotten me stabilized at around 4 grains (which is a taste-
effective compromise for me). I continue to test weekly for hardness
because I suspect there will be some drift.

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