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Old 09-03-2010, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default best way to clean your copper wort chiller

I made a mistake leaving my copper chiller in a tub of water. it has a lot of crusty green tarnish on it. I tried soap and a scrub pad and then vinigar and a paper towel. It still needs work. any ideas ?? i was thinking a tub with some oxy clean for a couple of hours. I'm brewing tonight so i need to get this clean. Thanks for any help

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Old 09-03-2010, 09:49 PM   #2
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My wort chiller has had a nice tarnish on it for over a year. I doesn't have to be shiny, just clean. I simply rinse mine off when finished. 15 minutes in the boiling wort will kill any bad guys on it. Don't worry....brew away.

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Old 09-03-2010, 09:52 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure you don't want to use it if it has green tarnish. Maybe try some Barkeeper's Friend?

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Old 09-03-2010, 09:55 PM   #4
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Bar Keepers Friend will clean it up. You can get it almost anywhere (Home Depot, some grocery stores).

I would think oxyclean would make it worse. I'm surprised the vinegar didn't work - anything acidic (including your wort) should take that verdigris right off. [I've read that you shouldn't eat it, tho, so maybe not your wort]

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Old 09-03-2010, 10:00 PM   #5
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Bar Keepers Friend will clean it up. You can get it almost anywhere (Home Depot, some grocery stores).

I would think oxyclean would make it worse. I'm surprised the vinegar didn't work - anything acidic (including your wort) should take that verdigris right off. [I've read that you shouldn't eat it, tho, so maybe not your wort]
I agree, Try a stronger acid for longer. I have some pretty strong BSR(Beer Stone Remover) at work and that took it right off. It probably needs a longer soak if it is a weak acid like vineger
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:03 PM   #6
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If you don't have any BKF, a thin paste of regular table salt and white vinegar will shine it up nicely.

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Old 09-03-2010, 11:11 PM   #7
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+1 for BKF. I use that on my brew kettles as well as the wort chiller. You can sometimes find it in the grocery stores, next to the chlorine based kitchen cleansers (Comet, etc.)

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Old 09-03-2010, 11:18 PM   #8
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Starsan works great, double strength.

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Even a soak in BKF will work, but StarSan should do the trick too.

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Starsan works great, double strength.
+1 Cleaned mine up in no time.
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