[Homeroast] Distilled H2O vs RO

John Nanci john at chocolatealchemy.com
Thu Jun 20 07:44:12 CDT 2013

A very fast Google search pulled up basic RO systems ranging from 
$149 to $499.  Seems most make 10-15 gallons a day.  I had a heavy 
duty one about 10 years ago.  It was about $800.  The water was high 
enough in salt that distillation was not recommended due to the heavy 
wear on it (2000 ppm NaCl).

Raybob, how does your distiller work?  Do you have to set up a cool 
water condenser?  Does it turn off automatically?  How do you decide 
when to start collecting the water?

At 01:54 AM 6/20/2013, you wrote:
>Thanks Steve, for the info, but how affordable is a RO system for 
>home use?  You can find a used water still for around $200 on eBay 
>that makes a gallon of distilled water in about 3 hours.  Last I 
>checked, I couldn't even dream of affording any type of RO system for home use.
>On 6/18/2013 10:00 AM, homeroast-request at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com wrote:
>>Message: 8
>>Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:37:57 -0500
>>From: Steve Hamm<steve.hamm at gmail.com>
>>Please, folks, go read the wikipedia article on reverse osmosis. You
>>can desalinate water, you can remove water from maple sap (concentrating
>>the sugar), cut dissolved minerals, etc. etc. etc. Very flexible
>>technology. "RO filters" aren't like coffee filters or colanders.
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