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Old 09-01-2007, 03:35 PM   #1
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Did you all clean your immersion chillers before you used them the first time?
Mine's homemade, and the coil of copper was sitting around for a couple of months before I got everything ready. Just wondering if the oxidation will will impart any flavor on the beer, as I understand the boiling wort cleans it up pretty good.

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Old 09-01-2007, 03:44 PM   #2
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I just dropped mine into boiling hot wort. I figured if there were any beasties on it that would kill them! No ill side effects. The beer tasted awesome.

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Old 09-01-2007, 03:46 PM   #3
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I use 2 parts distilled white vinegar and 1 part hydrogen peroxide. I would use a trash bag and pull it up the middle of your coils so you don't have to use a terrible lot to soak. It makes everything shiny.

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Old 09-01-2007, 04:01 PM   #4
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Just give it a 10 minute boil in enough water to fully cover it along with a couple of cups of white vinegar (not cider vinegar) and it will come out looking like a shiny new penny. While getting off any excessive oxidation is a good idea, it's really more to make sure that any residual machining oil that was used during the extrusion process is removed.

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Old 09-02-2007, 02:45 PM   #5
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Just give it a 10 minute boil in enough water to fully cover it along with a couple of cups of white vinegar (not cider vinegar) and it will come out looking like a shiny new penny. While getting off any excessive oxidation is a good idea, it's really more to make sure that any residual machining oil that was used during the extrusion process is removed.
Yep, I agree I wouldn't worry about the "beasties" but that machining oil has been on every copper tubing roll I've bought and as you suggest the vinegar:water did the trick.
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Old 09-03-2007, 06:45 PM   #6
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'I hear vinegar and water is good for LOTS of nasty things! ;-)


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