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#1 codemonkey

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 12:36 PM

I thought distilled water takes nutrients out since there are no nutrients in the water? Would this be a problem using it in my humidifiers, substrates, and whatever else pertaining to my grow?

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 12:39 PM

Should not be a problem.

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 12:39 PM

its good for humidifiers as it keeps the build up of minerals down

Other things? well, I dont use it, some others do

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 12:48 PM

its good for humidifiers as it keeps the build up of minerals down

Other things? well, I dont use it, some others do


Alright, what do you use?

Hrm... I just remembered I just installed a water softener the other day. I'll just use that water instead of investing in a bunch of distilled..

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 12:52 PM

I use tap water for everything.

#6 codemonkey

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 01:01 PM

thanks for the responces :-)

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 02:23 PM

I use tap water for everything.


Ditto

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 07:39 PM

tap

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 07:41 PM

soft water may contain salts that you dont want, so draw the water from a hose connection outside the house, they are usualy not connected to the softner

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 01:40 AM

A method you don't want to use distilled water for would be a 12~24 hour dunk, as the osmosis principle will draw nutrients out of a cake; concentrations of matter balance themselves. I doubt this would be significant, but in principle your cake would lose some margin of producing ability.

A fart spreads through a small room until it all stinks, see?

You are well advised to use it for spore syringes, as I've heard spores can germinate in normal water.

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 02:12 PM

I am wondering if distilled water
that could be bought in gallon form
is sterile, or if it should be sterilized
prior to use? It seems it would be
but a FOAF used spring water straight
from the bottle and had problems...
Anyone?

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 02:24 PM

It may be but I never trust anything that says it's sterile or not..syringes..needles etc. I usually just fill a pint jar 2/3 full and use silicon sealant on 2 injection holes (1 for extracting the water..the other for venting) and PC for twenty minutes. Works great!

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 04:26 PM

Thanks snow, I was going to use spring water straight from the jug... Last time, I just boiled tap water for a good half hour.. worked good for me..

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 05:10 PM

It may be but I never trust anything that says it's sterile or not..syringes..needles etc. I usually just fill a pint jar 2/3 full and use silicon sealant on 2 injection holes (1 for extracting the water..the other for venting) and PC for twenty minutes. Works great!


What do you mean one for venting? Do you have a syringe with out the plunger with polyfill in it instead and sticking out of one hole?

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 06:52 PM

Sort of. I usually use a 16ga 1" long needle with the syringe end filled with pollyfill. This way it can fit into the PC. Also, I put the rubber side down on the lid so it creates a nice seal but a huge vacuum won't form during the cooling process. When I want to shake it up I just pull out the needle. There are several LC venting teks though. Lazlo made a real good one with the vanilla LC and Hip did the airport. Both in the archives..both great!

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 07:02 PM

Distilled water is boiled and the steam is greater than the liquid water temp of 212F. The steam is collected and cooled in a heat exchange process, usually some kind of condenser, and bottled. I tend to believe that since the steam is at a higher temp than the boiling water it would kill off any contaminants and the distillation process seperates any particulate matter from the pure water.

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 07:03 PM

Believe what you want, but this is a true experience: I once worked in the plastics industry selling the plastic gallon jugs for water to bottling/filling plants. One day in the deep south, I was visiting a very small plant which was having problems of some sort, the matter which is not relevant here. What IS relevant, however, is whenever the filler operator came across a dented jug, he would PUT IT UP TO HIS MOUTH & BLOW IN IT TO REMOVE THE DENTS! Poor old boy just didn't have a nickel worth of brains! So the next time you might think whatever is sterile in that jug, picture this TRUE story. Sterile my ass!

#18 Hippie3

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 07:34 PM

proly fairly rare though, odin.
most are sterile enough until opened
my airport system is perfect for pulling sterile water right out of an unopened jug
http://mycotopia.net...40&d=1129720108

#19 Pixie Dust

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 07:40 PM

:eusa_thin Do you really need to go to that extreme to avoid contams? I mean boiled water wont work?

#20 Hippie3

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 07:58 PM

did i say that ?
no.
boiled water too is sterile
assuming you boiled it long enough.
but
i personally do not consider sticking on a blob of silicon or filter tape
so one can draw up over 3700 cc of sterile water
anywhere anytime
to be 'extreme'.

so suit yourself,
boil water every time
or learn to use the airport system.




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