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Old 07-05-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I am a newbie brewer, I did not boil my wort chiller for 10/15 minutes prior to the end of boil. Rather, I just stuck it in after the boil.. Do you think I've infected my beer?

Thx,

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Old 07-05-2012, 08:52 PM   #2
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Probably not.

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Old 07-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #3
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Possibly. Only thing you can do now is wait to see how it turns out. At worst you have to dump it, but it is always best to wait and see.

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Old 07-05-2012, 08:56 PM   #4
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You were probably at boiling temps after the boil for long enough to kill anything on the chiller.

For future brews if you have something questionable like this happen--your chiller leaks water into the wort, your dog sticks his tounge in the wort, etc, just fire up the burner and boil for a little longer then chill.

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Old 07-05-2012, 09:11 PM   #5
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Not likely. I would expect the temperature was hot enough to kill any bugs.

But, if it was brand new you might have some metallic or oily taste from the uncleaned metal.

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Old 07-05-2012, 09:20 PM   #6
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Also, copper has antimicrobial properties... I don't know much about this, but others on this forum have made claims about this being a reason why you shouldn't worry about boiling your chiller.

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Old 07-05-2012, 09:44 PM   #7
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My first AG i stuck a dirty copper worth chiller into the wort and boiled for 15mins, had oil on it and everything (i was stupid and didnt figure out it was dirty untill 5mins later)

Beer turned out fantastic, was a german weissebier, and now i got a bit improved recipe of that beer fermenting it was fantastic.

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A couple of minutes above 162 degrees should kill most organisms. OTOH, if you put the water right to it, the surface of your copper might not have been hot long enough to do the trick.

Suggestion: Go buy an orange 5 gallon bucket at Home Depot for $5 and mix up a batch of Star San before brewing. I keep all my brewing crap (wort chiller, wine thief, hydrometer, stirring spoon, yeast, funnel, airlock and stopper) soaking in that until they are needed.

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Old 07-06-2012, 05:58 AM   #9
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A couple of minutes above 162 degrees should kill most organisms. OTOH, if you put the water right to it, the surface of your copper might not have been hot long enough to do the trick.

Suggestion: Go buy an orange 5 gallon bucket at Home Depot for $5 and mix up a batch of Star San before brewing. I keep all my brewing crap (wort chiller, wine thief, hydrometer, stirring spoon, yeast, funnel, airlock and stopper) soaking in that until they are needed.
I thought Star Sans strips the copper off the wort chiller over time? I was always told not to use star san on my copper wort chiller.
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:01 AM   #10
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I thought Star Sans strips the copper off the wort chiller over time? I was always told not to use star san on my copper wort chiller.
You are correct. Star san is phosphoric acid solution, and acids certainly do attack metals.

However I temper that knowledge with this thought process:

It will take a *very* long time to do significant damage using a weak acid such as phosphoric (as opposed to strong acids like sulfuric or hydrochloric), and also the acid is a very diluted solution (1 oz Star San per 5 gallons water).

If I was seeing bubbles of hydrogen coming off the copper as it dissolved in the Star San, then I would be worried But by all means if you are concerned about damaging your chiller, do your own thing!
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