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Old 04-29-2008, 01:43 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning new cooler MLT before first use?

Do I need to clean a brand new cooler (rubbermaid 10gal) with a specific cleaner prior to it's maiden voyage? I'm worried about plastic flavors transferring to the wort. I treated all the brass fittings with a vinegar/peroxide solution to remove any lead...is there a treatment necessary for the SS braid too?

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Old 04-29-2008, 01:49 PM   #2
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Other than some water with the sanitizer of your choice in it, you shouldn't have to worry about anything else. I give my MLT a good spary after I'm done brewing, then dry it off and put the lid on it. When it comes time to use it again sometimes I'll put some water w/sanitizer in it, sometimes I won't. I've never noticed any plastic flavors at all.

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Old 04-29-2008, 01:58 PM   #3
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I treated all the brass fittings with a vinegar/peroxide solution to remove any lead.
I've heard of people doing this and I know Palmer talks about it in his book, but is it necessary?
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Old 04-29-2008, 02:07 PM   #4
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It's such an easy procedure, I didn't think it was worth skipping.

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Old 04-29-2008, 02:15 PM   #5
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I do the 'pickleing' of all my brass parts. It seems to work fine. I do always have issues with compression fittings tho. I dont know if they are made differently than the brass nipples, but the compression fittings never turn a buttery yellow color. They just stay dark the whole time and eventually the solution starts to turn to a greenish color. I dont know what this means. I probably just caused more harm than good. I've tried putting them in a fresh solution several times and the same thing always happens.

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OK back to the original question. I would simply wash out the cooler w/ oxy-clean and hot water, rinse well w/ hot water and mash on. Hope this helps.

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I've heard of people doing this and I know Palmer talks about it in his book, but is it necessary?

So what is that procedure and what does it do? I never heard that before.

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Old 04-29-2008, 08:03 PM   #8
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thanks for the advice all

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"Cleaning Brass
Some brewers use brass fittings in conjunction with their wort chillers or other brewing equipment and are concerned about the lead that is present in brass alloys. A solution of two parts white vinegar to one part hydrogen peroxide (common 3% solution) will remove tarnish and surface lead from brass parts when they are soaked for 5-10 minutes at room temperature. The brass will turn a buttery yellow color as it is cleaned. If the solution starts to turn green and the brass darkens, then the parts have been soaking too long and the copper in the brass is beginning to dissolve, exposing more lead. The solution has become contaminated and the part should be re-cleaned in a fresh solution."

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thanks for the advice all

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"Cleaning Brass
Some brewers use brass fittings in conjunction with their wort chillers or other brewing equipment and are concerned about the lead that is present in brass alloys. A solution of two parts white vinegar to one part hydrogen peroxide (common 3% solution) will remove tarnish and surface lead from brass parts when they are soaked for 5-10 minutes at room temperature. The brass will turn a buttery yellow color as it is cleaned. If the solution starts to turn green and the brass darkens, then the parts have been soaking too long and the copper in the brass is beginning to dissolve, exposing more lead. The solution has become contaminated and the part should be re-cleaned in a fresh solution."
Thank you for that. All the reading Ive done and haven't seen that. Thanks again.

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Old 04-29-2008, 09:55 PM   #10
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I gave both of my 10 gallon drink coolers a nice wash with dish soap and hot water before the first use. I didn't sanitize... but gave it a thorough washing with really hot water.

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