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Old 08-08-2011, 01:37 PM   #1
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Default New Chiller -- how clean is clean?

Built an IC this weekend and am not sure how to be sure it is clean enough.

I wiped it down with dish soap and boiled it, but still had some tarnish and dark spots on the copper. I attacked it with Barkeerpers Friend and a toothbrush and got it looking very clean and shiny. Probably spent more time cleaning it than I did building it. The toothbrush bristles are black now.

But once it dried, some dark spots reappeared. Not as many, but they are still there.

Is it clean enough?

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Old 08-08-2011, 01:40 PM   #2
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Yes.

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Old 08-08-2011, 01:47 PM   #3
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Easy way to clean is boil with water and white vinegar. Don't remember the ratio, but a search should turn it up. BKF and toothbrush would be fine if you were in prison and had nothing to do all day. Reminds me of escape from Alcatraz.

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Old 08-08-2011, 02:24 PM   #4
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give it a wipe down and it should clean itself in the boil

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Excellent, thank you all. I had also soaked in PBW for a while, so it looks like I'm good to go.

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If you scrub the tarnish harshly you are removing it to clean metal that will then tarnish. That would be a never ending cycle until there is no metal left.
I would do the boil a couple of times before first use, then put it in the wort before flame out and the heat will sterilize it.

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