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Is this plausible? Apparently if you leave rainwater in a jug outside for a couple of days it dissipates the minerals and turns it into distilled water? Could I do this and then just collect free DW for my waterloop?

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The problem with rain water is that in most cases, it's far from pure. Things like dust blowing in the air, pollution and sand come pouring down with the rain.

I'm no expert, but it seems like you'd need a lot of additional filtering to get the contaminants out of the water besides just leaving the water sitting in a jug for a few days.
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Is this plausible? Apparently if you leave rainwater in a jug outside for a couple of days it dissipates the minerals and turns it into distilled water? Could I do this and then just collect free DW for my waterloop?

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No.

Minerals in water do not dissipate or evaporate into the air.
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Is this plausible? Apparently if you leave rainwater in a jug outside for a couple of days it dissipates the minerals and turns it into distilled water? Could I do this and then just collect free DW for my waterloop?

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Wouldn't it be the opposite? I.e. mostly clean rainwater will absorb minerals from environment.

Water is pretty good solvent - so it's pretty hard to keep it distilled.
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Rain water is freaking dirty.

You'd be better off drinking lots of fluids and pissing into your loop.
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post #6 of 32
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Is this plausible? Apparently if you leave rainwater in a jug outside for a couple of days it dissipates the minerals and turns it into distilled water? Could I do this and then just collect free DW for my waterloop?

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No, it would collect stuff from the air and increase in minerals concentration as water evaporates and minerals remain.

Distilled water is the evaporating water, collecting the water vapor, and condensing it back to water. What you described is the opposite of that...
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Just make your own distilled water by boiling tap water and catching the steam and chilling to back into liquid
Edited by morencyam - 3/20/14 at 11:04am
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Just make your own distilled water by boiling tap water and catching the steam and chilling to back into liquid

or you could go buy some for pennies.
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or you could go buy some for pennies.
From what I hear, Distilled Water in the UK is harder to find and costs much more than it does in the US. Deionized Water is an option as well
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I get my distilled water in the UK from here in 20 litre batches and the next day shipping is free. It's Vet grade distilled and while it has 20ppm TDS that's also the likely TDS you'd get after the water has been in the loop for 24 hours.
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