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Old 08-29-2010, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default Wort Chiller Leaking into my wort

Just wrapped up boiling my first big all-grain (19 pounds of grain) and dropped in my chiller. Came to check on it 15 minutes later, and see that the hose water is leaking into the wort at the hose clamp, noooo! Not really much to do except come here and vent

Here's hoping that the big starter I made can wipe out anything that came in with the hose water.

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Old 08-30-2010, 12:26 AM   #2
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I have never got an infection from tapwater exposure and your copper tubing probably got pretty hot sitting in the boiling wort so it likely killed off most nasty things that would have been carried in...if that makes you feel better. If not drink 5 beers and you won't care for the rest of the evening .

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Old 08-30-2010, 01:20 AM   #3
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This has happened to me occassionaly and everything turned out fine. I double clamped the connection to the copper and it has not given my any trouble since.

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Old 08-30-2010, 01:27 AM   #4
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yeah i had alittle water get into me carboy but its seems ok

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Old 08-30-2010, 02:05 PM   #5
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Had the same thing happen to me as well. Beer turned out just fine.

My first run at a IC leaked like a civ. the hose I used was way to large for the 3/8th copper. However a few wraps of duct tape and double clamps and its now been used on 3 different batches with no leaks.
Duct tape fixes (almost) everything.

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Old 08-30-2010, 02:19 PM   #6
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Yeast don't eat lead.

You will most likely DIE from drinking that beer.........just kidding, lol.

Not enough hose water to much more than a little brain damage.

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Brewery in Madison went belly up - a new place purchased the Brewery and found that the cooling system with gray water was leaking into the beer. No wonder they beer was steadily going downhill.

No one ever got sick but the brew was tasting like ass (or what I believe ass would taste like).

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Gray water?????

WTF.

How did they miss that?

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Mine does that, too. The wear from heat and cold expansion/contraction will eventually do this. I just wrap a paper towel around where water is trickling out and it runs straight down my paper towel (into my sink), instead of down the coil and into the wort.

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You can always bring the wort back to a boil while you're fixing the leak. That will kill anything that may have gotten in there.

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