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Old 10-06-2012, 04:30 PM   #1
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This may seem like a silly question, but is there any reason I can't submerge my copper wort chiller right from the get-go for the whole 60 min boil? In the past I've always submerged it at the 30 min mark. However, I installed a new filter for my kettle and I have to carefully submerge the chiller so I don't break the filter and it's just easier for me to do it before I add the wort. Many Thanks!

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Old 10-06-2012, 04:48 PM   #2
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You'll proabably end up with some extra copper in your wort, but other than that it shouldn't hurt anything. Some breweries use copper pots, so a copoper wort chiller shouldn't do any harm. I'm not sure how your hoses will hold up doing this, but if you've already been boiling it for 30 minutes, I guess they can take it.

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Thanks! I can't imagine the copper leeches that much influence on the beer and the hoses are well out of the way of the wort so there's no real concern there.

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According to John Palmer, copper actually helps with fermentation. Some brewery's that use stainless kettles, add a piece of copper into the boil to add copper to the wort. Hope that helps!

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