I see the benefits as: Easier to add water to Easier to clean The brita filters supposedly do a little bit of softening I could put it a little higher than the built in reservoir adding just a bit of water pressure to the line in
my problem is that I am a materials retard. I think that I want to use something like this NSF 51 Silicone tubing: http://www.mcmaster.com/#3038K26 But I think that it needs to be larger than 1/2" to fit over the spigot. Is there a better way to attatch the tubing? On the other side, I think that I just need a reducing coupler, preferably in nylon that goes from the inner diameter of the tube that I buy to 3/16 (inner diameter of the existing input tubing). Something like this: http://www.mcmaster.com/#2974K267 but it probably also needs to fit bigger than 1/2" tubing
Posted Mon May 7, 2012, 9:53pm Subject: Re: replace reservoir with Brita dispenser, what tubing should I use?
First, Be aware that a fine-mesh filter is needed. The Brita filters do "leak" out carbon bits and you probably do not want those in your machine. Second, if your machine can draw from the current reservoir, I would recommend punching a hole in the top of the Brita unit, inserting the appropriate size grommet, and pushing the pickup tube through far enough that it lies on the bottom. Gravity feeding when there is a chance of failure (the hose coming off the spigot) should be avoided.
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Posted Tue May 8, 2012, 7:54am Subject: Re: replace reservoir with Brita dispenser, what tubing should I use?
Interesting. I had not thought of the possibility of carbon in the water. I may already be exposed to this as my current water source is carbon filtered water from my under the kitchen sink filter. regardless, a mesh filter seems like a good idea, even on my current setup.
As for the gravity feed being problematic, I guess I see your point. Should the line come loose, all the water in the dispenser would flow out. This is true even if I fed the tubing through the top of the Brita; if the Brita is higher, the water would siphon out. It seems that an appropriate safeguard would be for me to simply turn off the spigot on the Brita when I finish making coffee.
That leaves me still asking what the best way to attach tubing to the Brita spigot would be.
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