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Old 01-23-2013, 04:40 PM   #11
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We actually have a NIOSH facility in town; there might be someone over there who deals with these sorts of issues.
Cool. I'd give them a call or email, this strikes me as the kind of thing that a geek at the facility might find interesting.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:59 AM   #12
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Lots of luck w/ NIOSH...chances are I bet they tell you to build a handrail around the fermenter so nobody falls in...YMMV

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:43 AM   #13
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Lots of luck w/ NIOSH...chances are I bet they tell you to build a handrail around the fermenter so nobody falls in...YMMV
Well, you obviously can't make an OFFICIAL inquiry... nobody ever gets anything useful done that way.
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I still say that you're overthinking this whole thing. Put some BEER in the thing! LOL

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:12 PM   #15
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I still say that you're overthinking this whole thing. Put some BEER in the thing! LOL
Cider takes a lot less of my time and it's got a lower PH than beer, so it's more of a stress test. Plus cider is clearer in the fermenter, so if any of that radioactive honey seeps in from the lining I'll spot it a lot quicker.
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so if any of that radioactive honey seeps in from the lining I'll spot it a lot quicker.
If you develope a green glow after your first glass of cider, then don't use it again, otherwise go for it! Awesome aluminum can you got there. If you do decide it's unsafe, ship it this way, I'll test it for ya.
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Line it with a plastic bag.

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I'm pretty sure u can

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I'm pretty sure u can
No pun intended?
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:31 PM   #20
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I manged a 45 boil in the aluminum can on Sunday.



The boil water smelled a bit metallic afterwards, but was perfectly clear.

The can itself darkened a bit around the bottom seam, but it doesn't look like the oxide layer I'd expect from untreated aluminum.



The next step will be to ferment a few gallons of cider in there for a month or so, then test the results.
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