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Old 09-19-2011, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default Soldering wort chiller

I made my wort chiller the other day and was going to just bend the piping. Well after doing that and using once, I decided to solder elbows to make it look nicer. Not real reason why I need to do this but I just want it to look good.

I know I need lead free but want to make sure this stuff is what I should be using before I buy it, use it and then stick it in my boiling wort.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Is water-soluble ok?

Or would this be better since I don't have a propane tank either?

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

Also, how long so I wait to use it after building it? Is there a resting time for the solder or can I just stick it in to sanitize it and use it right away?

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Old 09-19-2011, 05:35 PM   #2
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The link is to the right stuff, you're good on that.

The only "rest" time needed is the few seconds it takes for the last solder joint to cool down and crystallize...

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Just in case this isn't obvious...give it a dry run before using it in your wort. Just in case there is a leak.

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Old 09-19-2011, 05:45 PM   #4
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I found that solder joints fall apart after some use. I brazed mine with 15% silvphos rods. But yes the stuff you linked to will work just fine.

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...? ive never seen that. unless you are overheating (aka- melting) the solder, it should be perminant.
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I would soak it in vinegar for an hour or two after leak testing. The vinegar will remove any copper oxide on it. I do not want copper oxide in my beer but that is me... Rinse well with hot water... good luck

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...? ive never seen that. unless you are overheating (aka- melting) the solder, it should be perminant.
I would assume the same. Once it is soldered, it shouldn't come off unless the solder is melted and boiling wort shouldn't make it melt like that.
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I would soak it in vinegar for an hour or two after leak testing. The vinegar will remove any copper oxide on it. I do not want copper oxide in my beer but that is me... Rinse well with hot water... good luck
The first time I used it I cleaned it well with hot water and soap. My friend used it first on his batch. We didn't use vinegar. I'll buy some vinegar and do that today before I brew my batch.
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I would strongly recommend the solder/flux in your first link. It is VERY similar to Harris Stay-Brite Silver solder and Harris Stay-Clean liquid flux. It can be used on brass/copper/SS joints. Use it and then just buy a simple propane torch to do the job.

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I would strongly recommend the solder/flux in your first link. It is VERY similar to Harris Stay-Brite Silver solder and Harris Stay-Clean liquid flux. It can be used on brass/copper/SS joints. Use it and then just buy a simple propane torch to do the job.
Awesome, thanks for the recommendation.
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