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Old 09-22-2010, 10:56 PM   #1
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Let me start by saying I'm a rookie at this stuff, but I'm having a blast brewing my own beer! I'm in the process of building a mash tun, and I would like to know if anyone has any suggestions on the proper way to initially clean copper before the first mash?

Sorry if this has already been covered!

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Old 09-22-2010, 10:59 PM   #2
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Clean how/what?

For general sanitation and alkaline wash is best. PBW or Oxyclean Free are the most popular.

For oxidation (blackening) you gotta go with some acid. Acetic is best but a hot solution of distilled white vinegar gets you there (because of the aecetic acid content).

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Old 01-20-2012, 06:11 PM   #3
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I just built a mash tun out of an igloo and copper tube. For the cleaning and sanitation, would soaking it in my no rinse solution be ok, or perhaps simply boiling it in some water before mashing?

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For copper, acid is the way to start.

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If you soldered it run hot water through it to remove any flux residue.

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I use vinegar. No problems so far.

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A 20 min bath in star San will get it clean and shiny.

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I just built a mash tun out of an igloo and copper tube. For the cleaning and sanitation, would soaking it in my no rinse solution be ok, or perhaps simply boiling it in some water before mashing?
You mean first-use cleaning and sanitation, or cleaning/sanitation for every brew?


After I mash in mine, I just rinse my cooler out and scrub it a bit with a sponge to get any stuck bits of grain or wort, and then do a quick final rinse. There is no need to sanitize your mash tun.
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I use vinegar. No problems so far.
I am wanting to soak my copper IC in a 5 gallon bucket with vinegar. What ratio do you use?
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Here is a good reference for cleaning and sanitation.

How to brew by John Palmer
http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter2-2.html

http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter2-2-1.html

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