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Old 02-21-2010, 10:20 PM   #1
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Default ball bearing material for dry hop weight?

I bought what I thought was stainless steel ball bearings for dry hopping. Unfortunately the ball bearings have formed a dark gray corrosion on the outside. I was under the impression stainless steel does not corrode. It has a sulfury burnt smell to it. I will probably throw out the beer but since I took a hydrometer sample and drank a bit of it, I wanna know if I should be concerned for my health.

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Old 02-21-2010, 10:23 PM   #2
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Try a Glass Marble...

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Old 02-21-2010, 10:23 PM   #3
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I use glass marbles for weighing down dry hop bag

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Old 02-21-2010, 11:47 PM   #4
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Glass marbles here also...

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I used the ball bearings out of the sanke keg necks. They're 3/4" diameter and heavy as hell.

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Definitely not stainless steel. Dark gray makes me think they were zinc plated, which would be really odd for ball bearings.

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Agreed there. If they were stainless, they'd actually come out shinier than when they went in.

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I'll throw in another vote for glass marbles. Nice and cheap too!

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Try nothing....IME, it works as well as anything.

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I tried a bunch of glass marbles and it was a really messy job getting the marbles out of there. Probably a good idea to put the marbles in a separate bag and tie it to the bag of hops.

Someone on HBT mentioned using glass shot glasses with no logos on them. Seems to me that'd be the easiest thing overall, especially if you're thinking of reusing the dryhops as bittering hops in a future batch.

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