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Ranger1
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05/19/2022 08:48AM  
Just got back from a few days on Disappointment Lake. Was with a group of 5 and we had 5 different gravity filters with us. The water on Disappointment had a distinct and robust cucumber flavor. Multiple different water filters were turning out water that tasted like this, so it wasn't a product of the filter.

Curious if anyone has run into this before?
 
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Portage99
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05/19/2022 08:58AM  
I have not, but I have noticed the water in each lake tastes slightly different.
 
tumblehome
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05/19/2022 09:45AM  
Not sure about that but it sounds like some tasty water!

Have you ever been at a gala event and they have those big glass jugs filled with slices of cucumber, lemons, or lime? Yummy.

Reminds me of the blue walleye on Kawnipi. Unique things about lakes.
 
MikeinMpls
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05/19/2022 01:20PM  
There are A LOT worse things that it could taste like! Each lake has it's own taste coming from it's own mini-ecosystem. I'd be curious what contributed this on Disappointment Lake.

Mike
 
Ioway
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05/19/2022 02:53PM  
So was the cucumber water disappointing?
Couldn't resist.
 
Savage Voyageur
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05/19/2022 03:04PM  
The First Need water filter also has a charcoal purifier in it too. After you filter the water will taste like……….water.
 
KarlBAndersen1
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05/19/2022 03:05PM  
Ioway: "So was the cucumber water disappointing?
Couldn't resist."


Go ask Alice.
 
Savage Voyageur
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05/19/2022 03:06PM  
KarlBAndersen1: "Ioway: "So was the cucumber water disappointing?
Couldn't resist."



Go ask Alice."


I think She’ll Know.
 
thebotanyguy
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05/19/2022 03:10PM  
A cucumber odor and flavor in freshwater has been associated with the golden-brown algae, Synura, specifically Synura petersenii.

Factors contributing to cucumber odor in a northern USA reservoir
 
TechnoScout
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05/19/2022 03:38PM  
thebotanyguy: "A cucumber odor and flavor in freshwater has been associated with the golden-brown algae, Synura, specifically Synura petersenii.


Factors contributing to cucumber odor in a northern USA reservoir "


I guess it is not harmful to drink, no?
 
05/19/2022 04:04PM  
I was on Dissapointment in February, and it tasted fine. Didn't filter it.
Maybe new vegetation?
 
ScottL
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05/19/2022 04:13PM  
I'm still looking for a gravity filter that makes my water taste like bourbon!
 
thebotanyguy
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05/19/2022 04:13PM  
TechnoScout: "thebotanyguy: "A cucumber odor and flavor in freshwater has been associated with the golden-brown algae, Synura, specifically Synura petersenii.



Factors contributing to cucumber odor in a northern USA reservoir "



I guess it is not harmful to drink, no?"


Correct, the compounds for odor and flavor are harmless.
 
05/19/2022 04:18PM  
Is it too early for some turnover in the lakes or other recent ice out factors that may account for the taste?
 
MikeinMpls
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05/19/2022 05:32PM  
Savage Voyageur: "KarlBAndersen1: "Ioway: "So was the cucumber water disappointing?
Couldn't resist."




Go ask Alice."



I think She’ll Know."


When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead

(Sorry, I just HAD to...!)

Mike
 
portagedog09
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05/19/2022 05:59PM  
ScottL: "I'm still looking for a gravity filter that makes my water taste like bourbon!"

Charred oak barrels work pretty good for that. Maybe run it through a thumper too...

pd
 
cyclones30
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05/19/2022 08:55PM  
People pay big money for cucumber water
 
HayRiverDrifter
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05/19/2022 09:48PM  
This post is hilarious. There are two or three themes going. lol
 
ockycamper
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05/20/2022 08:26AM  
filter your water with a quality filter system and it all tastes like water. . .not your salad
 
noahj
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05/20/2022 11:38AM  
By the end of a 7 day trip, the water from my nalgene tastes kind of like salami. I think that's something else though... ;)
 
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