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Old 03-03-2011, 06:42 PM   #1
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Default Therminator in Starsan for over 24 hours, ruined?

I brewed for the first time in several months and the lack of routine showed since I forgot to take the therminator out of the bucket of starsan. It was in there for over 24 hours.

Do you think I damaged the therminator?

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Old 03-03-2011, 06:51 PM   #2
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No, it should be fine. Star San does not appear to hurt SS, it might if you left it in a strong solution for a few months.

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Old 03-03-2011, 07:25 PM   #3
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Star San is no problem for the Stainless Steel, but it is a problem for the copper brazing material that was used to weld the stack of plates together. It is not a good idea to leave these units in an acid solution like star san for long periods. You may have noticed that the water might have turned a little blue after that soaking.

A short soak or rinse should be OK. Not a long one.

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Thank you for the responses.

Do you think I might have damaged it? Is there a way to find out if I did?

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Either it's damaged or it's not. If, when you're chilling, you notice your brew is getting diluted, or when you stop running wort through it, it keeps running; eventually looking like water.....then you have a leak that is allowing water to cross over to the wort side (and vice versa).

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