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I cleaned my copper immersion chiller - bad idea?


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#1 Zsasz

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 07:31 AM

I get a build up of crud on my chiller after a while.  Just dark brown stuff and mostly near the wort line.  It seems like it's cooked on break and hop material so I just soaked it for a few days in starsan and scrubbed off as much stuff as I could.  It's not uniformly shiny now but now I'm wondering if I need to do something to repassivate the copper prior to using.

 

or is this nothing to worry about and and I should just rinse and use it at this point?


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#2 djinkc

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 07:32 AM

I wouldn't worry about it


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 07:37 AM

i just hate that if I wipe it with a paper towel the towel looks tan/brown after.  seems like it's gross that this is going into the beer.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 07:58 AM

I would hose it off good and let it air dry and call it good.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:36 AM

i just hate that if I wipe it with a paper towel the towel looks tan/brown after.  seems like it's gross that this is going into the beer.

Actually, that's stuff that didn't go in your beer


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 05:28 PM

It seems like there is some interesting water chemistry stuff that must go on with wort chillers. I have a brewer in my hb club that always has a sparkling clean chiller with little effort. I seem to have a regular patina until recently. After and have been paying more attention to mineral additions it seems to slough off the last couple times.

 

I have done pbw soaks in the past with minimal results.

 

I always spray off what comes off (which usually is little) and would definitely remove anything that seems to come off. Having said all that I'm very RDWHAHB about this.


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#7 Zsasz

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 08:33 AM

even after scrubbing mine went back to having some patina almost immediately once it dried :lol:


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Posted 18 May 2019 - 04:03 AM

Mine has patina on it. I use a soft scrubby to clean it after use.
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Posted Today, 05:37 AM

I gave mine a soak in hot oxy clean and man, the particles that let loose.  


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