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Old 07-30-2012, 07:56 AM   #1
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I have a washer that is a grade 8 metal and I was wondering would that do anything to my wort when boiling

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Old 07-30-2012, 11:50 AM   #2
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Probably rust, since it's made of steel.

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Grade 8 just refers to the strength (it's relatively high-strength, in fact). But I can't say for sure what the metal is. It may be just steel, it may be zinc-plated, etc. Probably best to just get an SS washer if you can.

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Grade 8 just refers to the strength (it's relatively high-strength, in fact). But I can't say for sure what the metal is. It may be just steel, it may be zinc-plated, etc. Probably best to just get an SS washer if you can.
If it's grade 8, it is steel, and could have any of a number of coatings.
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If it's grade 8, it is steel, and could have any of a number of coatings.
Sorry, my wording was vague. I meant I couldn't say what the surface metal was.
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Grade 8 is a steel washer with strength. It is not stainless steel so you do not want to use it in your beer, wort or anything else as it will rust. In brewing you only want to use stainless steel components unless it is an aluminum kettle which is fine.

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In brewing you only want to use stainless steel components unless it is an aluminum kettle which is fine.
Or brass.

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What about cast copper? And where would I find a 1in diameter stainless washer. Grade 8 was the only thing I could finding trying to use a big ball valve on my boil kettle if I can find anything that work in so screwed I have a 1 in hole drilled through a converted keg

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What about cast copper? And where would I find a 1in diameter stainless washer. Grade 8 was the only thing I could finding trying to use a big ball valve on my boil kettle if I can find anything that work in so screwed I have a 1 in hole drilled through a converted keg
A plumbing supply shop should have stainless washers that large
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What about the cast copper

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