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Old 01-30-2011, 04:16 AM   #11
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Yeah the 'dirt' is now in the wort and in your gut....

I hose mine off and hang dry, on occasion I'll hit it with a SS scrubby to break through the beer stone build up. Every year I give it a 20 minute soak in Star San or vinegar. I've used the same IC for 6 years and no issue yet.

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Old 01-31-2011, 05:43 PM   #12
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Well if it has dirt on it, I assumed you'd know to rinse it off. I thought he was talking about the brown tarnish that copper develops.

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Old 01-31-2011, 06:49 PM   #13
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When I said "dirt", I was referring to the brown tarnish.

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Old 01-31-2011, 07:04 PM   #14
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I'd be very careful using a steel scrubby on soft copper...frankly, I'd not do it as you are likely to cause some significant scratching and take off more copper than oxidation.

Use the methods described in this post with a 3M pad or even a simple sponge or cloth.

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Old 01-31-2011, 10:07 PM   #15
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When I said "dirt", I was referring to the brown tarnish.
I never worry that the copper is tarnished when I'm dropping in my chiller, it won't hurt ya.
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