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Old 09-29-2008, 11:59 PM   #1
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I purchased a used immersion chiller. It has a bit of tarnish on it and I was wondering what is the best way to clean it? I know that putting it in the wort for the last 15 minutes of the boil will do it but I would rather clean the tarnish off first.

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Old 09-30-2008, 12:00 AM   #2
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dip it in a bucket of star san for 10 minutes and most of the tarnish will be eaten away.... Any acid based cleanser should help do the trick.

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Old 09-30-2008, 12:13 AM   #3
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dip it in a bucket of star san for 10 minutes and most of the tarnish will be eaten away.... Any acid based cleanser should help do the trick.
+1 I do this every time I use it because I don't want to boil it and mine is nice and sparkly.
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:24 AM   #4
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Ketchup works wonders and is on hand and cheap. Try it cause it works really well.

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Ketchup works wonders and is on hand and cheap. Try it cause it works really well.
LOL. I wasn't expecting that.
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Old 09-30-2008, 01:59 AM   #6
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Heating 3-5% vinegar and soaking and running through it works well too. Maybe not as well as Ketchup but it'll work.

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Heating 3-5% vinegar and soaking and running through it works well too. Maybe not as well as Ketchup but it'll work.
+1 on vinegar solution. I dipped mine in some boiling water with vinegar in it for about 5 min. & it was very shiny coming out. Then I rinsed the vinegar water off with the hose & let dry hanging up.
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Old 09-30-2008, 05:04 AM   #8
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Why do we have to fight? Just scrub it with ketchup and rinse it off with vinegar!

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Ketchup has vinegar in it.

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LOL. I wasn't expecting that.
I was going to suggest Taco Bell Hot Sauce...
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