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Old 04-03-2011, 12:50 PM   #1
Jan 2011
Burke, VA
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Hey gang,
Have finally started assembling my HERMS and am the decision point of: "Hoses, Copper or Stainless?" for the plumbing. I'm thinking that I'm going to go with copper because I prefer the idea of hard piping and can get copper easier than stainless. I've read some of the posts of folks talking about the pros and cons of copper over stainless, seems that its mainly due to the possibility of having verdigris in the copper if you don't clean well. Rather than get into a debate of the advantages of one over the other, I'd like to just ask: Has anyone had any problems with their copper? Something that caused to you switch to hose or stainless? (other than stainless being "shiny"). Any particular tips or hints on working with or soldering your copper pipes? (looks pretty straight forward to me, but...)

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Old 04-03-2011, 05:38 PM   #2
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Jan 2011
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I personally like the look of copper better than Stainless. Its easier to work with as well. I dont have a HERMS so im no help there.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:02 PM   #3
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No problems with copper here (or my aluminum camlocks for that matter). Stainless would be nice just so I could use a CIP system with more caustic cleaners, but not worth the price difference for me personally.

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Old 04-03-2011, 09:06 PM   #4
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I have a copper CFC, cooper HEX coil for the HERMS, and now copper plumbing from the HLT. No problems at all! one thing I've been doing is just making sure to run the "stuff" into a bucket when I first turn it on, until wort/clear water flows, then turn it off and attach the QDs. That works well for two reasons- to ensure no verdigris, and to help prime my March pump!
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