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Old 07-26-2011, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default Has my boil kettle been poisoning me for 2 years?

I have a brass fitting in my boil kettle, an elbow that acts as a diptube. I've been boiling this thing for 2 years now. Did I poisin myself with lead at any point in this process? I searched "brass boil" and came up with conflicting reports on the brass (some people saying the some brass has surface lead, some saying it's a myth and it's safe). Does anyone have any real information on this subject? I'm assuming that if the lead content was a surface issue, I've consumed (yikes!) all the lead by now. Thoughts?

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Old 07-26-2011, 09:57 PM   #2
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I washed my brass fittings in vinegar and peroxide. You should of seen the water. Yuck. I dont think there's enough lead in there to really do a lot of harm.

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Old 07-27-2011, 12:43 AM   #3
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I'm a competition shooter and there was a time where I was shooting indoors quite a bit and exposed to quite a bit of lead dust in the air. After about 6 months I figured I should get my lead level checked... normal is 0, mine was 7. A friend of mine nearly died from lead poisoning... his level was 25+. I don't think you have anything to worry about. If you are seriously worried about it, go see a doctor and tell them you want a lead test... I think there are also home lead blood tests available as well.

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Old 07-27-2011, 01:06 AM   #4
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I Think you're fine, lots of people use brass fittings. For my MLT cooler conversion, I used brass fittings. On the package for the fittings it mentioned that they contained lead but at a level acceptable for drinking water. "This product complies with federal standards for lead content but contains greater than 0.25% lead, which exceed limitations mandated by some states when used in drinking water systems." Beware Californians everybody else is okay.

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Old 07-27-2011, 01:18 AM   #5
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Lots of kitchen faucets are brass...my guess would be that the lead exposure from brass fittings in your brew pot is between miniscule and zero.

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Old 07-27-2011, 01:31 AM   #6
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If your worried about it go buy a stainless elbow. $5 - $10 is cheap insurance. Me personally I don't have any brass on my rig. Better to be safe than sorry.

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You're still alive, I think you'll be okay.

Heavy metal poisoning isn't something that will just spring up and kill. There are symptoms prior to it getting serious.

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Old 07-27-2011, 05:27 AM   #8
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The way I see it....the lead can`t make me any dumber than I already am.....

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Old 07-27-2011, 05:42 AM   #9
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Yes there is lead ......but first an elbow has so little lead you could probably eat all of it. At once and be ok. Let's also not froget yeast also absorb heavy metals (probably every bit that got into your wort).

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Old 07-27-2011, 07:30 AM   #10
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So, is it surface lead or is the lead throughout the piece? If it's surface, I'm not worried anymore. Otherwise, I'm replacing the piece with stainless.

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