Copper Plumbing for Brew Stand? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Copper Plumbing for Brew Stand?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-16-2010, 04:39 PM   #1
Cpt_Kirks
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Lakeland TN
Posts: 3,723
Liked 47 Times on 41 Posts



Are there any issues with using copper plumbing on a brewstand? I see a lot of SS tubing being used, but not a lot of copper.


 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2010, 04:41 PM   #2
GilaMinumBeer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
GilaMinumBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jan 2008
Posts: 58,320
Liked 7377 Times on 6066 Posts


Copper has always been touted as good for yeast. The use of stainless is due to ease of cleaning and care. Certain caustic cleaners do NOT react well with Copper. And when you are dealing with a permanent, hard piped system, break down for cleaning is not conveinient.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2010, 07:37 PM   #3
Cape Brewing
DOH!!! Stupid brewing...
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Cape Brewing's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2008
Norton, MA
Posts: 13,148
Liked 790 Times on 623 Posts


it's fine. My rig is hard plumbed with copper and has been for a while. It's not hard to clean and no one has ever died from drinking my beer.

I don't break mine down at all. The HLT and MT only have to be "clean"... they don't have to be sterile as anything you have coming out of those two pots are going into a minimum of a 60 minute boil so... nothing is gonna survive.

for my BK... after a brew session, I pop it off my rig via a couple of unions that takes about four seconds, clean it pretty good with warm water and oxyclean... toss it back up on the rig, add a few gallons of water, toss the heat on, let it ramp up to at least 140 degrees, toss in some oxyclean and then fire up one of my pumps and let it criculate through the loop between my BK and plate chiller.

If it is particularly chunky, I'll do it two or three times. Once done, I flush it with clean water and I'm done.

Right before the next brew session, I'll toss a few gallons of water in the BK, add star san and circ again for ten minutes. Take the pot off, rinse with clean water since I "fear the foam" and brew away.

99% of homes in the US are built with all copper pipes for carrying water. It is safe. Some folks will comment that the PH of wort/beer won't react well with copper and that's true... if you were leaving the wort/beer in there for very long periods of time. For the amount of time you're going to have something in those pipes, it's fine.

As a matter of fact... all of the old breweries used huge, massive COPPER kettles to do their boils in.

Stainless is shinier, looks slicker and IS easier to clean... but... copper is fine
__________________
Why the eff not... everyone else is starting a nano!!! I wanna!!! www.bogironbrewing.com

Quote:
Originally Posted by paulthenurse View Post
I'm pretty much a douche in real life, too.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cheap copper tubing from local plumbing store! thesanch Equipment/Sanitation 9 09-12-2012 01:40 AM
Hard plumbing the brew stand caspio Equipment/Sanitation 1 06-18-2009 09:30 PM
Brew stand kmlavoy Equipment/Sanitation 5 04-12-2009 12:48 PM
Hard or soft option - (plumbing a brew stand) chrisp Equipment/Sanitation 9 06-12-2008 08:59 PM
Building propane plumbing for brew system! vanwolfhausen Equipment/Sanitation 6 04-18-2008 01:18 PM


Forum Jump