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Old 05-13-2009, 06:57 PM   #1
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okay, things were moving along smoothly until I turned on the water for the immersion chiller. At first I thought that the outlet hose had whipped around and hit and stuck to the burner, when I pulled it free I realized that it was the inflow and was melted in half. It sprayed into the hot work (i'm not too worried about that) I Cut it off and turned the water off and reattached the shortened hose and finished up. Other than slicing my finger no major problem..

However when I poured the wort into the bucket I noticed that in the dregs there were some small black pellets. Then I realized that the bottom of my thermometer was broken! Yikes, although some were retained in the pot I'm sure that there are some in the bucket too.

Are they safe? or made out of lead? Arggggggg!!!!!!
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:01 PM   #2
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okay, things were moving along smoothly until I turned on the water for the immersion chiller. At first I thought that the outlet hose had whipped around and hit and stuck to the burner, when I pulled it free I realized that it was the inflow and was melted in half. It sprayed into the hot work (i'm not too worried about that) I Cut it off and turned the water off and reattached the shortened hose and finished up. Other than slicing my finger no major problem..

However when I poured the wort into the bucket I noticed that in the dregs there were some small black pellets. Then I realized that the bottom of my thermometer was broken! Yikes, although some were retained in the pot I'm sure that there are some in the bucket too.

Are they safe? or made out of lead? Arggggggg!!!!!!
What kind of thermometer ? A traditional thermometer contains mercury and is most definitely not safe. Worse than lead!

 
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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if you mean a floating thermometer like this:

then, yes; those little pellets are lead.

 
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:07 PM   #4
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yeah, like this

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Old 05-13-2009, 07:08 PM   #5
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if you mean a floating thermometer like this:

then, yes; those little pellets are lead.
If it's like the thermometer above you may be able to filter out the lead pellets but you need to check if the inner mercury tube is still intact.

 
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:10 PM   #6
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If it's like the thermometer above you may be able to filter out the lead pellets but you need to check if the inner mercury tube is still intact.
most cheap thermometers these days use alcohol or something along those lines in the tube instead of mercury. (if the liquid that expands with increasing temperature is red, it's not mercury; if it's silver it probably is)

 
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:11 PM   #7
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the tube is intact and the red liquid it alcohol, mercury has not been used in thermometers for quite some time, with the exception of scientific instruments....
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:12 PM   #8
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most cheap thermometers these days use alcohol or something along those lines in the tube instead of mercury. (if the liquid that expands with increasing temperature is red, it's not mercury; if it's silver it probably is)
So if it's red it may actually improve your brew

 
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:24 PM   #9
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getting lead test kit now....
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:45 PM   #10
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since they crack and shatter when squeezed in pincers, as opposed to squish, I'm going to assume that they are something other than lead....
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