Pure Water Products ? Bottled Water Vs Water Filtration Unit

Pure Water Products ? Bottled Water Vs Water Filtration Unit

Since, our childhood we have been told that 2/3rd of our body weight is water and we should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to lead a healthy and ail-free life. However, if the drinking water is impure and it contains traces of pollutants and chemicals, then drinking the same could do more harm than good. This is where pure water products play a pivotal role.

As you know, bottled water and water filtration units are the two broad categories for pure water products. However, which amongst them is the best? Which one should you select?

Well, the answer lies in the quality of water produced by both the pure water products. Below are some shocking facts for you, which you might not be aware of and might want to consider before making a decision.

Bottled water In a recent study, it was discovered that more than 25% of bottled water is not much better than the tap waters. Many bottled water manufacturers use a very preliminary filtering process and then package it in a nice and shinning bottle and sell at huge prices. We as end customers, think price is related to quality; and therefore, consume these bottles containing nothing actually the tap water at the cost of your hard earned money and breach of trust.

Besides the quality of water in these bottles, the quality of plastic used further degrades the quality of water. This is because; chemicals from inferior plastic can percolate into the drinking water with time.

Moreover, these bottles have environmental impact too. Plastic used in them do not degrade naturally and therefore, are one of the contributor to increasing pollution in today’s world.

Filtration systems Thanks to the increasing pollution, because of which new pollutants are being introduced in water almost every day. This is where the effectivity of water filtration technologies comes into the picture. You will be surprised to know the filtration techniques that used to be the best in the past stands nowhere in the list of best filtration processes as recommended by the experts.

Water filtered from out dated methodologies like reverse osmosis, distillation, etc. is not considered to fit for human consumption. It contains traces of many chemicals like chlorine, and many carcinogenic compounds like THMs (trihalomethanes) and VOCs (Volatile organic compounds).

These old technologies are now replaced by innovative processes like carbon filtration, ion exchange and sub micron filtration techniques.

In conclusion, both the above pure water products are good if they result in healthy, clean and pure water. However, if you ask me, my vote goes to high-end water filtration units that can remove the toxins present to water to undetectable levels. Since, they have onetime investment you can save your money and efforts in ordering bottled water every week.

If you wish to learn more about filtering pure water products, visit my website now.

Water Expert, Bobby Forbes is consultant to millions of men, women, and organizations and advocates the use of safe water in home and office. Visit his website http://purifiedwaterhome.com to learn how you can protect your family from contaminated water.

 

Click now to visit Purified Water Home and learn about new age water filters, which are safe for your health, and effective in delivering  pure and safe water for your family.

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The Best Eco Friendly Water Bottles

The Best Eco Friendly Water Bottles

If you are looking for eco friendly water bottles, shop for glass.  They are reusable, shatter resistant and do not leach contaminants.  Plastics are never the best choice. 

The popularity of plastic containers is somewhat amazing when you think about it.  Nothing tastes as good after it has been stored in plastic.  Yet, most of us eat and drink out of plastic containers every day.  Then, we throw them away.

24% is the current recycling rate in the US.  So, while you might recycle a bottle, at least three other people are throwing theirs in the regular trashcan.  Don’t stop recycling.  Just ask your friends to recycle, too.  And, while you’re at it, try to create less trash in your home.  It isn’t that hard to do.

Most people don’t like the taste or the smell of tap water, but drinking it is the most environmentally minded option.  It is also the most economical, costing less than 10% of the cost of buying bottled. 

If you install a home purifier and buy eco friendly water bottles made of glass, you can have something great tasting and economical in your kitchen, at all times.  You can carry them with you wherever you go. 

You’ll never need to buy another bottle of Dasani or Aquafina.  Buying from those companies doesn’t make sense, anyway.  They use public sources.  They may run it through a reverse osmosis system, but that doesn’t make it any better than what comes out of your tap. 

Reverse osmosis is old technology that does not remove the chemicals that are so prevalent in today’s surface and groundwater.  The technology was designed to remove dirt, particles, sand and minerals.  Traces of minerals are actually good for our health and more satisfying to our taste buds.  De-mineralized or distilled waters taste stale.

Once you start drinking out of eco friendly water bottles made of glass, you will notice the difference.  We get used to the taste of plastic, after a while, and we don’t notice it.  But, when we stop and then go back, we wonder how we could have ever stomached it. 

The same thing is true for people that get used to drinking chlorinated tap-water.  It tastes okay, but once they install a purifier and taste the difference, they never want to go back.  So, buy a purifier and bottle your own in eco friendly water bottles made of glass.  That’s your best choice.

Bob Goodhand is an advocate for home and personal water purification systems to protect and promote healthy living. Visit his site at http://natural-purified-water.com/
to discover the drinking water filters that Bob recommends.

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How Can Eco Friendly Water Bottles Contribute to My Health and The Health of The Planet?

How Can Eco Friendly Water Bottles Contribute to My Health and The Health of The Planet?

Let’s face it, we all need to do our bit to help the environment today and an eco friendly water bottle is one easy way to help. It can be glass or stainless steel and should contain no harmful chemicals in its composition. If you select the right one, then your health and that of our planet can improve and here’s how.

Did you know for example that over sixty million plastic bottles are used and thrown away each day in the US alone? Just think what that number is for the whole world!

With an eco friendly water bottle you are contributing towards reducing that number by using the same container over and over again and hopefully not buying or using any plastic bottles again for your water.

When you consider that bottled water is no better for you than the tap variety and in many cases is the same poor quality and comes from the very same source but costs – a gallon!

The best eco friendly ones are either glass which is of course 100% recyclable or stainless steel. Some very nice stainless steel ones have recently come out but you need to check that they have no chemical lining and are BPA free.

Plastic bottles and bottles with plastic lids all leach traces of certain chemicals into the water they contact and present a health risk with long term use.

The best thing you can do for your health is to use a home filtration system of some kind to give you pure healthy water to bottle your own with. When you consider we have pesticides, herbicides, prescription drugs and chlorine in our drinking water, it makes sense these days.

An eco friendly water bottle is essential these days if you want to stay healthy and contribute to saving the planet as we will soon come to a point where we simply run out of space and options as our landfills overflow.

A toxic future is something we can help to avoid by starting to become more earth friendly and make small and simple switches to alternative products and ways of doing things, like bottling your own water for starters.

Visit my website today if you would like to learn more about the type of eco friendly water bottle that I personally recommend and use.

 

 

Discover the best home water purifier today.

Ray Hamilton is a dedicated advocate and researcher of the incredible benefits of safe, clean healthy filtered water. Discover which products Ray recommends after extensive research.

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How to Brew a Beer Kit

How to Brew a Beer Kit

Most homebrewers start by brewing beerkits. This is the easiest way to brew your own beer and learn the basic procedures involved. The quality of beer you produce from a beer kit largely depends on the manufacturer, basically you get what you pay for.

For further articles and information on this subject please visit www.thehomebrewcompany.ie

Brewing Equipment Needed

25 Litre Fermentation Vessel

Thermometer

Plastic Airlock

Rubber Bung

Trial Jar

Bottle Filling Stick

Hydrometer

Bottle Brush

Simple Syphon

Beer Paddle Plastic

Twin Lever Capper

Crown Caps Gold

Bruclean Cleaner/Steriliser

Bottles: If you are bottling your beer the bottles must be sterilised just prior to bottling. It is recommended that you soak them in sterilizing agent for at least 20 minutes, rinse them 5 times each and leave to drain.

CLEANING / STERILISING / RINSING

Any piece of equipment that comes in contact with your beer must be thoroughly cleaned, sterilised and rinsed.

Cleaning

All equipment must be thoroughly rinsed after cleaning to remove traces of detergent. Traces of detergent in the finished beer will affect the surface tension and result in poor head retention (i.e. a flat, unattractive pint!).

Sterilising

Your beer will be very susceptible to bacterial or yeast infection in the early stages of the brewing procedure. A sterile environment is necessary to produce a clean healthy tasting beer. Sterilisation of your brewing equipment should be done as close to brewing time as possible.

Bruclean Cleaner/Steriliser 400g

You have been supplied with the above Sterilising agent. Brupaks Bruclean can be used as a hot or cold solution. For general cleaning, mix 5 – 10 grams of Bruclean per litre of hot or cold water.

Rinsing

The importance of rinsing your sterilised brewing equipment cannot be stressed enough. Any traces of sterilising solution finding it’s way into your beer may give a TCP taste to your beer, in some cases making your beer undrinkable.

Now that you have cleaned, sterilized and rinsed all your equipment you are ready to start brewing.

HOW TO MAKE UP YOUR BEER KIT

STEP 1

Re-hydrate the yeast.

For healthy fermentation it is necessary to re-hydrate your yeast before adding it to the wort (wort is the name given to beer before fermentation has taken place). You will need to boil 100ml of water and add it to a jug or large glass. Cover this with foil or a sterilized plate etc. Allow this water to cool to about 30-35 deg celcius. Cut open the sachet of dry yeast and evenly sprinkle over the surface of the water. Do not stir or mix. Cover the jug once again and allow the yeast to re-hydrate for 20-30 mins.

STEP 2

Remove any labels from your beer kit can(s) and place in a pot of boiled water for 10 mins to soften the extract. Open the cans using a sterilized can opener and pour into your fermenter. Add approximately 2 litres boiling water to the fermenter. It is advised that you first pour this boiling water into the cans to rinse out any remaining extract and then add to your fermenter.

STEP 3

Once you have added the boiling water to the fermenter take your paddle and stir the wort to mix it thoroughly with the boiling water. Next top up the fermenter with cold water to the desired level or recommended level. This is usually 23 litres.

STEP 4

Now you must aerate the wort. Aerating the wort is necessary to introduce oxygen which will help the yeast get off to a good start and produce a healthy fermentation which will in turn produce a great beer. It is recommended that you stir vigorously with the paddle for 5 – 10 mins.

STEP 5

Next you must take a gravity reading with your hydrometer. Taking a gravity reading before and after fermentation will allow you to calculate the alcohol content of your beer. You can pop the hydrometer directly into the wort or you can take a sample from the wort and add it your trial jar. Your original gravity/ OG will usually be in the range 1.035 – 1.050. After fermentation your final gravity FG should have dropped to 1.006 – 1.012. Once you have these two readings you can use the following equation to calculate the % alcohol / Volume of your beer.

ABV (Alcohol by Volume) = Gravity Drop/8.06 %

eg. If your SG = 1.045 and your FG = 1.008 calculate % alcohol as follows:

ABV = (45 – 08)/8.06 = 4.59%

STEP 6

Once the wort has cooled to a temperature below 30 deg C pitch (add) the yeast and stir well. If the wort is above 30 deg C then put the lid on the fermenter and leave it for an hour or two to cool. Placing the fermenter in a bath of cold water will accelerate this process. After you have pitched the yeast leave the fermenter in a room where the temperature is 18 – 26 deg C. The yeast may become dormant at temperatures below 18 deg C. Unpleasant alcoholic flavours can develop at temperatures above 26 deg C. Keeping the temperature constant will improve the quality of your beer.

FERMENTATION

During fermentation the yeast you added to the wort will convert the sugar to alcohol. During the first 12-24 hours of fermentation there will be a lot of activity as large amounts of CO2 gas are produced by the yeast. If you are using an airlock this will bubble every few seconds. A large head will form on top of the wort.

After 3-5 days this yeast head will have subsided and fermentation will have slowed. Leave your beer sit in primary for 7 – 10 days. The specific gravity of the beer can now be checked, and once you get two stable hydrometer readings within a 24hr period it can be transferred to a barrel or bottles. The beer can also be put into a secondary fermentation bin for a period ( 10 – 14 days) to produce a cleaner tasting beer, this also has the advantage of allowing the beer to clear a little and reduce the sediment in the barrel or bottle.

BOTTLING

You must add sugar to your beer before bottling. This process is called priming. The sugar will kick off a mini fermentation in each bottle and will carbonate your beer. Sugar can be added directly to the bottle(usually 1 teaspoon of sugar to each bottle), or you can add sugar to your beer by using a bottling bucket.

Ideally a bottling bucket should be used when priming your beer. You can use your fermenter. The amount of sugar you use depends on the style of beer you are making, but this amount is usually between 50g – 80g. You can also use different types of sugar. Many homebrewers recommend using glucose as priming sugar as it has little or no effect on the flavour of your beer. Glucose is readily available in most pharmacies and supermarkets. Boil the glucose in about 50 ml of water for a few minutes to dissolve it, cover and let it cool for while. Next pour the glucose solution into your bottling bucket and syphon the beer in on top of it. You will not need to stir or mix. Please note, that when transferring the beer from one vessel to another that you must submerge the tube in the beer and fill from the bottom up. This is done to avoid aerating your beer preventing oxidation.

Now it is time to bottle your beer.

Method 1: Transfer the beer to each bottle through a piece of tubing attached to the tap of your bottling bucket. This tube should be long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle.

Method 2: Transfer the beer to each bottle using a syphon tube. Your syphon tube should have a small tap to regulate the flow of beer. A length of tube can be attached to this tap so you can fill each bottle from the bottom up.

Method 3: A bottling stick can be used in either of the above methods. The bottling stick has a small valve on the end which is pressed against the bottom of each bottle to release the flow of beer. When removed from the bottle the flow of beer will stop. This is by far the most efficient way of bottling your beer. The bottle stick can be attached directly to the tap of your bottling bucket or to one end of your syphon tube(heat one end of the syphon tube in boiling water and then stretch it over the bottling stick).

Note: To start the flow of beer through your syphon tube use one of the following two methods. Place a small piece of tubing, approximately 2 inches long, over the tap on your syphon tube and suck the beer through the tube to start the flow. Remove this piece of tubing at the last second. This is done to prevent any bacteria from your mouth coming in contact with the beer.

Another method is to first fill the syphon tube with water closing the tap and holding your thumb over the other end to seal in the water. Now quickly submerge the open end in your beer. The water will not flow into your beer due to the pressure in the tube. Now drain off the water by opening the tap. When the beer replaces the water in the tube close the tap. Now you are ready to transfer the beer to your bottles or to another vessel

Finally cap your bottles and put in storage for conditioning.

CONDITIONING

The beer must be conditioned for a period of time to mature. It is recommended that you condition your beer for 4 – 6 weeks before drinking. Most brewers will tell you that the longer you leave it the better it will taste. After bottling you should store the beer in a warm place (18 – 24 deg C) for a week or two so the priming sugars can ferment and then move the beer to a cooler place such as your shed etc. for the rest of the conditioning period. The beer will clear and mature better at cooler temperatures.

You beer is now ready to drink. Enjoy!

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