Thursday, April 19, 2012

No more bottled water!

The dogs got a big bowl of water, the comment on the morning coffee (yuck) was that it was ultra smooth. This was a purchase I did a ton of research on, debating on brands, styles, filter types, etc. for about a month. There is a wealth of information out there, but not all of it good and not all of it accurate but I read it all.
After priming the filters and assembling it I had to tighten the spigot after I saw a small drip forming, otherwise it was painless and easy to figure out. I went with 2 filters instead of all 4, just to see how it would do. It took about an hour to get a good amount of water filtered, it's one drip at a time (or 2 drips in my case with 2 filters). I wasn't expecting it to be fast, I just have to remember to put in the amount I take out and it will be fine. No more bottled water and I'm hoping that using this water to cook with will help the flavor of the food stand out. This is the Royal model, 23 inches tall assembled.

I spent a few hours yesterday helping a friend inventory his gun collection and pack everything u for the new place. We spent 2 hours and only got one and a half safes done. 35 guns later I had to leave but we will continue today. A lot of the rifles have never been shot and a few of the pistols as well. He has some old stuff from WW2 and knows the history of each so the inventory went slower than planned as we talked about them. I wont say I have gun envy, but the collection is very impressive and we haven't even got the .50's out yet. My favorite so far was a prison gun, .22 with a drum that sits on top of the chamber (horizontal), I can't remember the make but it was a weapon for suppression if there ever was one.

A lot to do this morning and tomorrow before I head out to wine country for a few days of relaxing and sea level running.


  1. Congrats on the Berkey. I guess i need to look into getting one as well.

    Doing that gun inventory sounds more like fun than work.

    1. It's a lot of fun, and I am getting paid while I do it so it's the best of both! I just wish we could start before 2pm so we have time to finish it before I need to run.

  2. we got our first berkey in 2007, the second in 2008 and have never looked back since! those babies are worth their weight X1000 in gold! we ran collected rainwater through them back in the city - here at the Manor, we have run our well water, river water and rainwater through them. we also bought a set of 4 filters every year for the past 4 years as xmas gifts to each other. we plan to continue doing this until we have a house filled with filters!!! jambaloney has since made a DIY, 2-five gallon bucket things stacked on top of each other with holes drilled for 3 filters - we can make a lot of water a day simply by filling the top bucket!!! anyway, i am very glad to hear of this purchase - you won't be sorry!

    and have fun doing the gun inventory AND getting paid for it, ya dawg!!!

    your friend,

    1. I think it's the best tasting water I've ever consumed. I will get some spare filters and make it a 4 filter system, probably next month.
      Off to inventory more guns.

  3. Bottled water is not only bad for your healthy but also it is one of highest contaminants in the world. The energy and smoke that are produce during the elaboration of plastic bottles is really harmful. it is better to have a reusable bottle you can carry with you everywhere; I know that tap water is not safe that's why I have inside my reusable bottle a water purifier called aquasmarter. You can google it or search on youtube it is an amazing product and it does help the planet.