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Old 09-05-2009, 11:15 PM   #1
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Will soft copper have any detrimental effects if used for a chiller? Is it pure copper, or some sort of alloy that can be harmful or an inert alloy? I have a 25' chiller but it just takes too long in my bigger batches so I'm thinking of making a 50' chiller out of the soft copper unless it will be bad for my beer. Does anyone have experience with this? Thanks for your help.

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Old 09-05-2009, 11:29 PM   #2
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the soft copper is what you want so you can bend it.

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Old 09-05-2009, 11:32 PM   #3
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If you're talking about "rolled" copper tubing that you can buy at Lowe's or HD then that is what you are looking for as an IC. Either 3/8" or 1/2" will work. As far as being detrimental to brewing or your health? Such a small amount is leeched out when brewing. Not sure if this is detremental to the yeast or not. I've been using a copper IC for a couple of years now and have not had any problems with fermentation.

The other compound that you would be concerned about is using a lead based solder if you sweat copper fittings. DON"T use lead based alloys for sweating copper fittings.

BTW copper has been used as a bacterialcide and algaecide for years.

Here's a link: ATSDR - ToxFAQs™: Copper

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I just wasn't sure if the soft stuff was different than the hard copper. I'm going to go ahead and make one, thanks for the help.

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