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Old 03-27-2013, 12:10 AM   #1
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Star San and boiling water. Great for cleaning any copper.

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Old 03-27-2013, 12:12 AM   #2
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Vinegar also works very well for cleaning copper chillers.

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I stick mine in the boiling wort ten minuets before flameout...clean and sanitary.

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The bad thing about putting your chiller in the boil is the fact you get all oxidation off the copper in your beer. I use Star San to sanitize, wash well after using to chill.

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The bad thing about putting your chiller in the boil is the fact you get all oxidation off the copper in your beer. I use Star San to sanitize, wash well after using to chill.
My beer doesn't last long enough to worry about oxidation...
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I never sanitized my wort chiller. I used copper long before starsan, just rinsed it off with hot water.

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I only clean mine after many many batches. It will indeed get a build-up of proteins after time. Strong StarSan solution or vinegar takes it off. Then I boil it in water for a few minutes to create an "oxide" layer so to speak (probably not the correct term). Then I do the last 10 mins of the boil there after. I only have to do this about once a year. More if I've brewed a lot of dark beers.

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I tend to get crud buildup on mine after almost every batch. I run it under hot water after every use, and wipe it down, to minimize junk getting into next batch.

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I tend to get crud buildup on mine after almost every batch. I run it under hot water after every use, and wipe it down, to minimize junk getting into next batch.
I guess I didn't mention, but I do this too. I collect the first few gallons of really hot water coming out of the chiller in a tub, and then I rinse the chiller in that after a quick wipe down.
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