cordial and drinking water

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i heard recently that when you're in an area where you're not used to the ndrinking water which might cause an upset stomach that drinking cordial in the water will avoid problems, well minor problems. does anybody know whether my grandfather's right.

also he told me why you shouldn't mix waters from different areas in your water tanks, but that makes sense so i'm not questioning it.
its because different waters have different types and levels of bacteria in them which are "balanced". but if you mix waters one type of bacteria can kill another type and grow to a level of toxicity.
makes sense doesn't it.

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Reply By: revhead307 - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 16:55

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 16:55
My sister went to the phillipines, and they recommended drinking either coke...or water with red cordial in it...

someone else may know why, but ive heard of it.

As for bacteria...sounds like a good yarn, but i wouldnt have a clue. Im sure plenty of people fill their caravan/camper water tanks up whereever there is semi decent water.

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Follow Up By: simple - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 17:04

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 17:04
it was meant as a bit more of a warning for those people in particular that tup up their tanks every night. this is coming from someone who has travelled extensively and worked for the coroner.
does anybody have any factual info?
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Reply By: datto311 - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 17:14

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 17:14
Dr Karl said something about red cordial making water safe to drink a little while ago - might be worth a google search

Noel
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 17:15

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 17:15
Friend who used to be in the army reckons they have now changed over to cordial rather than using water purification tablets.

Need to let the cordial and water mixture sit for over 12 hours though.

Seems the chemicals and perservatives in cordial work almost as well as purification tablets.

Leaving the water out in the sun in a clear container suppoisedly works also, with the UV from the sun.
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Reply By: Alan H (Narangba QLD) - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 17:19

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 17:19
The mixing of waters is important when dealing with bore water. The problem is mineral content not bacteria and funny chemical mixes can produce nasty water that tastes awful as well.

If the water is for drinking purposes, remaining water should be drained before refilling. We keep drinking water separated from washing water. This also acts as backup in case a water container is holed.

When I lived out west a few years ago, found the taste of bore water hard to get used to. Found getting it cold and adding cordial helped the taste. (don't know of any chemical advantage etc)

After a short time we became used to the bore water without cordial etc and loved it till the point that town water then tasted funny. I guess it depends on what you are used to and duration of use of certain water.

But water ain't water!
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C.- Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 17:29

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 17:29
simple,

do a google search on " raspberry cordial ".....
plenty of info there:-)

Please note that it has to be _raspberry cordial_ made from (ahem)
raspberries.. minimum of 25% pure fruit juice, from memory...

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 18:11

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 18:11
I've heard the red cordial one - but it tastes YUK, and it may not be scientifically sound. When we travelled in Europe years ago, we always boiled the water then let it cool - now that tastes a bit flat unless you add cordial or fruit juice. Where possible we picked native berries (it was Europe), boiled them up to make a cordial and that tasted lovely. Otherwise, if you have doubts about bacteria levels, boiled the water well and let it cool, then add a touch of cordial for taste (we prefer lemon flavour for this), or drink tea, coffee or something. If it has chemical contamination, nothing practical will fix it.
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 18:21

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 18:21
Simple, years ago pigs were observed to improve their bodyweight gain with raspberry cordial in the water they were fed. Believed to be the bacterial supression at the time. I guess it made them more hyperactive at feeding time too though.
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Reply By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 18:27

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 18:27
My 4yo boy drinking red cordial the whole camping trip sounds like a real relaxing holiday....
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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 07:43

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 07:43
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Reply By: Notso - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 18:49

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 18:49
I used to make the stuff and I doubt that it'd have enough preservative in it to kill any existing bacteria.

The preservative only retards the growth of bugs, so you have to start off with a pretty pure product and add preservative to it, then it will hold the bugs in check for a period of time depending on the acidity of the product and the amount of sugar in it. Sugar itself can act as a presevative if it is at a high enough concentration.

Sooo, if I was going to drink water from a poluted or unknown source, I'd rather rely on the good old fashoined water purification tablets and a down filter bag.

First you filter it to take out the gross pollutants, and clarify it a bit then add your water purification tablets and follow directions.

Tastes awful but won't kill you.

Actually I liked the old chlorine tablets with the Potassium metabisulhide tablets to neutralize the chlorine better than the newer Iodine based ones.
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Reply By: Neil & Lynne - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 19:12

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 19:12
A small glass of red cordial neat is a surefire cure for hiccups I know that.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 20:44

Friday, Jun 09, 2006 at 20:44
I drink cordial all the time.

It's called Adelaide water. Hahahaha!

Actually, it's pretty good stuff these days. The water in South Australian reservoirs is treated with fluoride and filtered as well.

Think I'll go and mix a bit into the imitation scotch I'm drinking:-)
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Follow Up By: Member - John R (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 08:14

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 08:14
Sandman, you don't drink Adelaide water........You eat it by the slice BWAHAHAHAHA!!

It definitely tastes orright with a splash of scotch though :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn D (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 20:20

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 20:20
Is the imitation " Scotch " not made in Scotland or is it home brew or both perhaps.

I make home brew beer and was interested in doing the spirits ..... until I tasted them.

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Reply By: Member - Hugh (WA) - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 11:14

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 11:14
G'day simple,

I've seen reference to red cordial on gov'ments DFAT site - recommended for travel to Asia. We've used it on all our trips to Bali and haven't had Bali Belly - either lucky or it works. I do the same when I travel to India with work and haven't had an issue - mind you I am very careful about what I eat and drink when there.

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Reply By: signman - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 12:53

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 12:53
Cottees make a cordial mix supplied to the Army and services- to mix with suspect water. Comes in a few flavours- packed in green satchet..I always have a few packs on hand.=, when out of the way places..
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Reply By: optimist - Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 13:24

Saturday, Jun 10, 2006 at 13:24
Hi Old Plodder, never leave your water in clear containers in the sun (light).
unless of course you want a great algal bloom which might result in your hospitalisation if drunk.
Something like this happened to me some years ago when I drank from less than clear water in an office water cooler near a window after some days/weeks in the sun!
Raspeberry in its pure form is a great natural remedy as is blackberry & most berries. Prolly a good additive for your H2O!
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Follow Up By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 21:49

Sunday, Jun 11, 2006 at 21:49
I've seen a few people hospitalized when drunk ;-)
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Reply By: dp - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 20:05

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 20:05
Australian army did test a few years back It does work but they uesd Cottees raspbery cordial
killed everything in swamp water in about ten minutes
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