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darky said

Brita Water filter

Hi, today i bought myself a brita waterfilter jug. I’m noticing that the filtering cleans the water alot, the small oily sheen ontop off my tea is gone (joy for that). But in using the same amount off leaf as before without brita i notice that all my tea’s seam bitter exept my assam. The silver needles especialy and that was kind off bizar i have to say.

Is it because the water is so mutch cleaner that i actualy need lesser leaf than before?! anyone else who uses brita filters noticed these kind off events?

Just wondering if its beter for making tea or not. Feels like i need to relearn how to brew it lol!

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cteresa said

I do not like filtered water. I think the filter itself is chemical, potassium based at least, I ended up liking it less than regular tap water. Often the filtered water sounded sort of sweet so no. I usually use tap water and sometimes bottled water from cheap large 5l bottles. Which I recycle of course.

But my tap water is sort of good, I have been in places where it is much worse, where even hit chocolate tasted if bleach. It all depends on your particular water. Ah and one thing, expect that some teas will react very differently to tap versus filtered water.

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I’ve noticed with brita filtered water my teas taste less sour – really noticeable in whites and greens. But overall I find the water I’m getting here in california to be kinda sour and not as crisp as back home in Canada. I’m leaning on getting bottled/filtered water delivered sometime soon.

Back home, I didn’t notice much difference in filtering my water or using tap for my teas.

I’m curious on how tea tastes for peeps who have hard water. I used to have hard water living up northern british columbia, but that was before I was into tea.

Kittenna said

We have hard water here in Guelph. Ick. I find that tea just tastes way better with filtered water. I can’t drink the tap water here warm, as it tastes funky (I can handle it ice cold). I use a Brita as much as possible. I haven’t ever done a side-by-side comparison though, so can’t say exactly how it’s different (but light teas especially taste different).

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darky said

well i simply bought it because off the oily sheen that i had last few weeks. So i dunno i hope it wasn’t a 60 euro mispurchase for me. Gonna try tomorrow with less leaf and stuff. But didn’t expect that some sorts of tea react very different to filters…

actualy i didn’t expect to notice that big off a difference at all i simply tought it would remove the trash and the taste would be the same… kind off naive off me probably

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darky said

at awkward soul, never had tea’s that tasted sour. But i think its kind off weird i had the feeling my silver needles where actualy less sweet that usualy. gonna try it again tomorrow with less leave and more carefull temprature messurment. i have to figure this out!

o i’m from Belgium btw and the water quality from my tap usualy is/was prettty good but because reading about it alot off people said filtered is better… after trying now i’m in a doubting situation. ah well gonna experiment a bit further (trying not to waste to mutch off these expensive tea’s)

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I think brita filter mainly uses active carbon and it’s not the chemical type of filter people use for camping.
I have one at home and use it sometimes. But it’s a blessing that our tap water is better than most bottled water.

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Wonks said

Fwiw, I highly recommend ceramic micro filters used for camping. The carbon Brita filters cause a distinct carbony filtered taste, but ceramics don’t seem to add, and remove most contaminants.

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cteresa said

I think with water is not so much a matter of “pureness” – or we would all be doing tea with distilled water, or even drink it and we don´t!

Brita filters work by removing some things from water – but the pay off is they leave others, they alter the water PH as well. The water does not magically get pure and “pure” in chemical terms might not even be desirable!

From Brita FAQS http://www.brita.co.uk/brita/en-gb/cms/faq.grid a couple information – the filters are mostly designed to remove limescale, calcium carbonate and magnesium ions; they catch chlorine and reduces lead and copper which might be present in the water. (it does not remove nitrates or fluoride or a few others things) But they replace the heavy ions with potassium and that also affects taste a bit. And all that changes the PH of your drinking water and can have an influence on how tea brews.

To know if a Brita filter is worth it will all be about what your particular tap water is like. If your water is not too “hard” nor has as much chlorine it might not be worth it, and indeed the change in PH might not be for the better. But keep in mind one thing, tap water can vary a lot within a country, depending on the source of water and particular methods of the treatment centers. Tap weather does vary a lot with time as well.

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cuppaT said

Our tap water is pretty good, and we used to use a Brita to make it even better — but we began using a reverse osmosis (RO) filtration system well over ten years ago and now it would be difficult to live without it. Costs more than a Brita and needs installation (which you can do yourself), but you get “perfect” water, IMO.

I would suggest using the Brita for awhile, tweaking your brewing amounts and steep times and seeing what happens. You did toss the first couple jugs of water out, yes?, to clean the carbon dust from the filter? Gotta do that, if I remember correctly.

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darky said

yes i did pour the first 2 containers away. Seems like my water is better now after a few more uses of the jug. dunno still need to expirement more and if i don’t get used to the different water taste, then i’m only gonna use the brita for cold water :) i liked the taste cold more then with tea atm

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