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Old 05-12-2009, 12:23 PM   #1
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Hey guys. As stated I am new to the forums and to brewing with better equipment. I was lucky enough to know someone who was given beer and wine home brew kits. I plan on cleaning the crap out of everything and sanitizing it all real good. The wort chiller that came with this is in decent looking condition. The thing is it looks as if it has been sitting around for a while and is starting to tarnish. I am very hesitant to stick it into my wort in this condition. I would feel much better if it was still the nice shiny copper color. Does anyone see it as being bad to use it as it is even after sanitizing the crap out of it or is there some sort of cleaner I could/should use on this? I can include pictures later if needed. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-12-2009, 12:28 PM   #2
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Soak it in a vinegar/water solution for an hour or two. That will clean it right up.

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Old 05-12-2009, 12:29 PM   #3
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Vinegar should remove the tarnish. If you have any green on it, make sure you kill all that.

After that a little dulling of the copper will occur between uses

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If you're sanitizing with Star-San just dunk it in there for 5 minutes. Cleans it right up.

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Thanks for all the great info guys. This really was a concern for me this weekend. I can't complain much as this stuff was free to me, but I am not going to lose an entire batch of brew over this chiller if I cant clean it good.

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Then there is always steel wool...

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Old 05-13-2009, 03:26 PM   #7
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Then there is always steel wool...
No No No No never use steel wool little pieces will get embedded in the copper and will rust. Don't use it on your pots either.Starsan or vinegar will shin it right up
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Another trick I used on copper pans - for stubborn stains, cut a lemon wedge, dip it in salt and scrub with it. Works a treat.

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You will notice the common ground here is to use acid to remove the tarnish. Acetic, citric, phosphoric(StarSan), it really doesn't matter.

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springer - Holy crap! You live in Wappingers Falls????? Man I use to live there for a few years. Kretch Circle back behind Plant Depot and OTB. Small world!!!

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