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Old 11-17-2007, 12:05 PM   #1
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I am not sure but should I clean the copper pipe I used to make a manifold the pipe is tarnished its pipe I had for a looooong time and has tarnished if so what do you recommend to clean it.


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Old 11-17-2007, 03:01 PM   #2
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YES! Verdigris will add metallic flavors to your brew. I use Brasso and follow up with vinegar.


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or soak in starsan solution
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I cant seem to find star san where I am at I have (dont laugh) some pink powder I cant remember what they gal at the brew store called it.
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then use a high concentrate of vinegar. the aCID will take tarnish off copper, if you have green tarnish that's verdigris and it needs scrubbing
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Im just going to break down and go buy 5$ worth of new copper pipe.
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Old 11-17-2007, 05:34 PM   #7
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From what i have read, you may still want to condition your new copper with strong vinegar for 5-10 minutes to clean the surfaces and etch any free metals (e.g. lead) from it. same for brass fittings.

i however just soaked in StarSan for 20 minutes the first time, and everything has seemed to be okay. i'm finding all of this information out about 5 weeks too late

i got my StarSan in large bottle from NorthernBrewer, our LHBS carries a pretty small size at a higher price.
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white vinegar 50/50 with the hottest water your tap can provide. soak copper for about 5 minutes or until it is visibly clean. rinse good with cool water and dry it as best you can right away to keep it from tarnishing again.
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Use Bar Keeper's Friend. Works great! Don't use brasso, unless you clean it REAL well afterward. It's got petroleum distillates, and all sorts of nasty stuff in it. Just smell it!
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Verdigris is also toxic. but more importantly, it will give metallic flavors to your beer, so you need to clean it off of your copper.


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