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High Calcium Water
    #7304128 - 08/17/07 10:46 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Is there any harm in using water that is very high in calcium for soaking and simmering rye? I didn't realize how much was in it (it's also my drinking water) until I pulled my jars out of the PC and saw that they were covered with a greyish/white film that can be scraped off with your fingernail. I assume that it's calcium.

And as long as we're on the subject, does anyone know if it's bad to drink this water? They didn't answer me and Physical and Mental Well-Being.


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Re: High Calcium Water [Re: flower_child]
    #7304150 - 08/17/07 10:56 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

I have the same film when using tap water in the PC,I haven't noticed it do any harm to anything aside from being an annoying pain in the ass when its all over my baby bottles and I'm looking to spot anything funny looking in my lc


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Re: High Calcium Water [Re: Blutjager]
    #7304176 - 08/17/07 11:08 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

That makes me feel better then. I've seen a lot of your grows, and to be as impressive as they are the calcium must not cause too much of a problem.

I forgot to mention that it's tap water, though I guess that goes without saying. If it's not harmful to mushrooms, is it bad for people to drink too much of? Because I try to drink my full 64+ oz a day and the tap water is what I drink.


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Re: High Calcium Water [Re: Blutjager]
    #7304180 - 08/17/07 11:09 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

You can dissolve that stuff using dilute vinegar or another mild acid.


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Re: High Calcium Water [Re: flower_child]
    #7304186 - 08/17/07 11:12 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

High calcium water would probably be good for you, if anything, especially if you don't consume very much in the way of dairy produce.


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Re: High Calcium Water [Re: exagram]
    #7304261 - 08/17/07 11:44 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

The deposit is not only calcium but a variety of other hard minerals as well. Someone who works for the local water company told me I should generally stay away from drinking straight tap water if possible. There are also traces of other various chemicals that are used to "clean" the water. It's not going to kill you (or the fruits of your labor), but it isn't always optimal. Distilled water is the way to go. It's cheap and readily available. I only use tap water in my humidifier (with h2o2 of course) and PC.


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Re: High Calcium Water [Re: exagram]
    #7304265 - 08/17/07 11:44 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

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High calcium water would probably be good for you, if anything, especially if you don't consume very much in the way of dairy produce.




I would think so as well, but it seems like I've heard something about kidney stones being associated with it.

Although that probably wouldn't make sense. It shouldn't be any different than milk I suppose.

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The deposit is not only calcium but a variety of other hard minerals as well. Someone who works for the local water company told me I should generally stay away from drinking straight tap water if possible. There are also traces of other various chemicals that are used to "clean" the water. It's not going to kill you (or the fruits of your labor), but it isn't always optimal. Distilled water is the way to go. It's cheap and readily available. I only use tap water in my humidifier (with h2o2 of course) and PC.




Yeah, I'm probably going to switch to that for drinking purposes. It's just so expensive in this town since there's only one grocery store and they jack their prices up because they know they're the only one for about 65 miles.




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Re: High Calcium Water [Re: flower_child]
    #7304287 - 08/17/07 11:51 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

Get a tap-mounted filter. Not cheap, but they last a long time and do a good job removing junk from your water.


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Re: High Calcium Water [Re: Dr_T]
    #7304340 - 08/17/07 12:06 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

bah, tap water is fine. If you're worried about the chlorine or other trace chemicals in it, let it sit in a bowl or bucket for a couple hours and it'll evaporate off. All other minerals are fine for you and your mushies.

Most abundant resource on the planet and someone's convinced this country that what comes out of the faucet isn't good for us anymore. Reminds me of Lewis Black's rant on bottled/filtered water.


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Re: High Calcium Water [Re: mycocurious]
    #7304424 - 08/17/07 12:33 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

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bah, tap water is fine. If you're worried about the chlorine or other trace chemicals in it, let it sit in a bowl or bucket for a couple hours and it'll evaporate off. All other minerals are fine for you and your mushies.

Most abundant resource on the planet and someone's convinced this country that what comes out of the faucet isn't good for us anymore. Reminds me of Lewis Black's rant on bottled/filtered water.




True. You make a good point. I'm just always kind of cautious because I come from a place where they were constantly sending letters to us saying not to drink the water.

Of course, no one would ever tell me about those letters so I'd be drinking it until a friend would see me and tell me about the letter sent three weeks prior saying that's not a good idea. That scenario repeated itself a few times.

That being said...I suppose I'm still here after drinking it. Albeit with a little more hair on my chest. This water can't be any worse than my old water. Thanks for all the input guys, I really appreciate it. Especially since this is the Cultivation forum and not the health forum.


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Re: High Calcium Water [Re: mycocurious]
    #7306559 - 08/18/07 02:50 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

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Most abundant resource on the planet and someone's convinced this country that what comes out of the faucet isn't good for us anymore. Reminds me of Lewis Black's rant on bottled/filtered water.




What comes out of the faucet isn't always good for you. It's not just some market ploy to get everyone to buy bottled water (well, not most of the time it isn't). I have a close friend who works fairly high up in our city water company that gives me regular updates on water conditions. Additionally, we occasionally experience periods of time where the water company publicly advices us to avoid drinking tap water without at least boiling it first.

These issues are the result of both pollution and natural occurring phenomena (eg. high bacteria/algae content in our local water supplies).

While the tap water is never going to going to kill you, to say that it never contains any negative elements is without merit. This is going to vary based on where you live. I personally live in a large city where the water company is constantly overworked to provide enough water.


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Re: High Calcium Water [Re: soulsizzle]
    #7308049 - 08/18/07 05:51 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

We add calcium in the form of gypsum to our grows to increase the harvests, and to keep grains from sticking together. It's not a bad thing for fungi.
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