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Postby 661-Pete » 10 Mar 2019, 9:58am

mercalia wrote:You can always tell johny foreigner from natives in my local supermarkets as they fill their trollys with bottled water - Thames Water in particular beat many so called pure bottled waters for purity in a large survey some time ago
I think I've mentioned this before, but I use bottled water (cheapo supermarket stuff) for one purpose and one purpose only: mixed in with flour to 'feed' my sourdough starter. Having 'killed' earlier batches of starter after topping up with tap water, I suspected that it was the chlorine in the latter that did for them....

To be honest, I think I could get away with using rainwater from the garden, for this purpose. Remember, the starter is never going to be consumed raw: the bread goes in the oven at 200C before it gets eaten. Should kill off any nasty bugs!
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Postby mercalia » 10 Mar 2019, 10:57am

661-Pete wrote:
mercalia wrote:You can always tell johny foreigner from natives in my local supermarkets as they fill their trollys with bottled water - Thames Water in particular beat many so called pure bottled waters for purity in a large survey some time ago
I think I've mentioned this before, but I use bottled water (cheapo supermarket stuff) for one purpose and one purpose only: mixed in with flour to 'feed' my sourdough starter. Having 'killed' earlier batches of starter after topping up with tap water, I suspected that it was the chlorine in the latter that did for them....

To be honest, I think I could get away with using rainwater from the garden, for this purpose. Remember, the starter is never going to be consumed raw: the bread goes in the oven at 200C before it gets eaten. Should kill off any nasty bugs!


chlorine in tab water? surly not? though I wonder whats in many bottled spring waters.

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Postby 661-Pete » 10 Mar 2019, 12:06pm

mercalia wrote:chlorine in tab water? surly not? though I wonder whats in many bottled spring waters.
So do I - but it seems to work. And you can read the label on the bottle, if there is one.
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Postby Vorpal » 10 Mar 2019, 12:11pm

661-Pete wrote:
mercalia wrote:chlorine in tab water? surly not? though I wonder whats in many bottled spring waters.
So do I - but it seems to work. And you can read the label on the bottle, if there is one.

You might be able use a neutraliser or filter? Like the brita water filters? The ones with activated carbon are supposed to remove chlorine.
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Postby mercalia » 10 Mar 2019, 12:30pm

oh so tap water does have Chlorine in it

"Treating drinking water with chlorine poses no risk to health. If you’re concerned about the taste then a good way to let the chlorine evaporate is to fill a jug with water and refrigerate it overnight. Water kept like this should be treated as a perishable food and be consumed within 24 hours.

Domestic water filters or jug filters (both of which can contain activated carbon) can be used to remove chlorine from tap water. These filters should be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. There is no reason to use either type of filter on health grounds, as tap water containing chlorine is perfectly safe to drink"

Thames Water

https://www.thameswater.co.uk/help-and-advice/water-quality/whats-in-your-water/taste-smell-and-appearance

seems like they have an answer to every question other than " why are there dead rats in my water?"

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Postby mercalia » 10 Mar 2019, 12:59pm

Stories like this from the BBC are realy interesting --

Mansa Musa: The richest man who ever lived
..he still died...where is it all now? must be some where?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-47379458

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Postby mercalia » 24 Jun 2019, 10:23am

so a simple question

why are CREAM CRACKERS called that?

since you eat them with cheese I would have thought CHEESE CRACKERS

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Postby reohn2 » 24 Jun 2019, 10:28am

mercalia wrote:so a simple question

why are CREAM CRACKERS called that?

since you eat them with cheese I would have thought CHEESE CRACKERS

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Postby cycleruk » 24 Jun 2019, 1:15pm

mercalia wrote:oh so tap water does have Chlorine in it

"Treating drinking water with chlorine poses no risk to health.
https://www.thameswater.co.uk/help-and-advice/water-quality/whats-in-your-water/taste-smell-and-appearance
seems like they have an answer to every question other than " why are there dead rats in my water?"


Chlorine = bleach. I'm not sure that I want to drink diluted bleach. :?
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Postby windmiller » 24 Jun 2019, 11:56pm

Bottled water with a ph of less than 7 should be banned. Xylitol should be added to tap water supplies, that would drastically cut mouth butchery, infuriate most dentists and save the population a fortune.

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Postby Vorpal » 25 Jun 2019, 9:49am

cycleruk wrote:
mercalia wrote:oh so tap water does have Chlorine in it

"Treating drinking water with chlorine poses no risk to health.
https://www.thameswater.co.uk/help-and-advice/water-quality/whats-in-your-water/taste-smell-and-appearance
seems like they have an answer to every question other than " why are there dead rats in my water?"


Chlorine = bleach. I'm not sure that I want to drink diluted bleach. :?

It's been that way since Victorian times. Some other countries are moving to membrane and sand filtration, carbon and UV treatment, etc. However, that requires a distribution network that is new, clean and will not reintroduce contamination. The UK does not have that. Chlorine has the advantage of staying in the water and countering microbiological contamination throughout the network.
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Postby Bonefishblues » 25 Jun 2019, 9:53am

mercalia wrote:so a simple question

why are CREAM CRACKERS called that?

since you eat them with cheese I would have thought CHEESE CRACKERS

Interesting answer to that. Wiki's your friend.

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Postby mercalia » 25 Jun 2019, 10:32am

Bonefishblues wrote:
mercalia wrote:so a simple question

why are CREAM CRACKERS called that?

since you eat them with cheese I would have thought CHEESE CRACKERS

Interesting answer to that. Wiki's your friend.


ah yes and also WATER BISCUITS because their only ingredients are flour and water, a dsecendant of the hard biscuits used by navies

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Postby Cugel » 27 Jun 2019, 2:29pm

mercalia wrote:so a simple question

why are CREAM CRACKERS called that?

since you eat them with cheese I would have thought CHEESE CRACKERS


I last ate one in 1993 at a party. It was capped by a slice of dodgy salami of the Extremely Pink kind. The experience has not persuaded me, though, that Cream Crackers should be called Dodgy Salami Crackers. Traditional names are comforting, even if their semantic and etymology are obscure.

The expression "cream-crackered" (meaning a knackered gubbins) has always appealed, perhaps because of the alliteration, which stimulates an obscure circuit in my wetware. "A cream-crackered cassette": that is a nice phrase for a worn and sloppy cog-collection, eh?

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