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Old 09-23-2006, 06:37 AM   #1
Jul 2006
Eugene, Oregon
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I brewed a IPA recently and it was my first experience with dry hopping. The LHBS guy said to either just put the hops in or put them in a hop bag but make sure to weigh it down with something like a stainless steel bolt. So that's what I did or at least thats what I thought I did, turns out it wasn't stainless steel, which I discovered when the bolt came out quite corroded and stained, and now my beer has a distinct metallic taste. My question is will this clear up over time or am I better off dumping the brew now. Thank you for any feedback.

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Old 09-23-2006, 06:53 AM   #2
Aug 2006
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It sounds like metal is dissolved in solution. Other flavors MIGHT (but probably won't) mask it, but it'll always be there.

... I would think.

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Old 09-23-2006, 03:38 PM   #3
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Seems like a bolt is a crazy idea in the first place. My LHBS recommends clear marbles for doing that.
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Old 09-23-2006, 05:42 PM   #4
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If it was a good 316 grade SS bolt, it would have been OK but you probably just grabbed a shiny new plain steel one. Then again, maybe cheap 18-2 stainless tarnishes in beer. A good way to test for quality stainless is to dip in salty water and leave it sit to dry overnight. Make sure there isn't a coating of light oil on it at the time.


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Old 09-24-2006, 11:24 PM   #5
Sep 2005
Baltimore, MD
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Worse yet -

if your bolt was galvanized steel, (which will also rust, especially when in contact with alcohol and acids), correct me if I'm wrong somebody, but I believe galvanizing steel still involves using a small amount of lead.

I'd steer away from it if it were me...

Sorry man... kill some slugs with it perhaps.

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