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Old 03-19-2008, 12:27 AM   #11
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car nut chiming in....

hondas and a few other cars use plastic end tanks on their raditors, I don't think there is any lead solder

also intercoolers for turbos may work as well....you would have to be picky with your selection as they are meant to have air pass through them. the passages are typically a lot thinner, maybe too thin. But most intercoolers are solid aluminum.

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Old 03-19-2008, 02:48 AM   #12
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I have been using a heater core as a wort chiller for the last 10 or so batches.. I'm not dead yet.. Now that I have gone to 10 gallon batches, it's just not large enough to be effective. Soon I will be building the standard-issue copper tubing chiller for my 15 gallon keg/pot/fermenter. The heater core worked great for 5 gallon batches... got 'er from flame out to 80 degrees in 15 minutes in August. Not bad for ~$25.

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Old 03-19-2008, 08:09 AM   #13
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so why not just use two of them in series for 10 gallons batches?

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Old 03-19-2008, 01:07 PM   #14
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Lead poisoining isn't an instant killer ya know, it kinda creeps up on you.

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Old 03-19-2008, 03:10 PM   #15
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Seriously. Wort leaches lead from the solders, regardless. It is not an instant death, but something that builds up over time.


Here's an actual case of someone using a radiator in a still. There were 8 hospitalizations, resulting in one death and several requiring 2-18 days for recovery.

http://homedistiller.org/wiki/index....Lead_Poisoning
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_poisoning

ByranZ, Do you have any links to those parts? It might be worth looking at.

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Old 03-19-2008, 05:22 PM   #16
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ByranZ, Do you have any links to those parts? It might be worth looking at.
http://www.car-stuff.com/carparts/ho...entp14941.html

the top and the bottom are plastic, the actual core is solid aluminum, it's a pretty decent size radiator on this


http://www.nolimitmotorsport.com/koyo/
a nice all aluminum aftermarket radiator



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercooler
an intercooler...but if you look at the passage for the air to pass through, it may be too thin for wort
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