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Adam Buchler
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So I make five gallon batches of compost tea at home and I always run into the problem of forgetting to leave a bucket of tap water sit for 24 hours . Even then I don't really know if there are things other than chlorine in my towns water tht are inhibiting microbial growth. Anyway, I live in NJ and this time of year the dehumidifier in my basement pulls close to 3-4 gallons of water out of the air every 24 hours. So, it occurred to me that this would be optimal water for tea brewing as long as you keep your dehumidifier relatively clean. I even thought about straining it and boiling it to use as drinking water if you were really concerned about fluoride and other crap in tap water. Just figured I'd share this thought
 
R Scott
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One gotcha is lead. They did not have lead-free solder requirements so I would not use it to drink without testing it.
 
Adam Buchler
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What's a solder?
 
Mike Cantrell
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Gluing metal parts together by melting another metal into the joint. Pronounced "sodder."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solder
 
Adam Buchler
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Ooh ok I knew what sodder is...wasn't sure about solder lol.
 
Meryt Helmer
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you can buy ones that are made with safe materials so that the water coming from them is safe to drink. they have a different name though and right now i can't think of the name. we plan to replace our dehumidifier with one that makes drinking water. we easily get 4 or 5 gallons most days here. we get a lot of heavy fog and when that rolls in the humidity can go to 99%
 
Meryt Helmer
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i think they are called atmospheric water generators
my husband says he has seen them for sale for around 300 or 400 dollars but I am not sure where he saw them for that price. there is also some diy instructions floating around the internet
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