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Title: brewing
Post by: genne on December 17, 2010, 02:54:45 AM
can copper pipe be used in a brew system?
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Post by: Hokerer on December 17, 2010, 03:11:27 AM
Sure, copper's fine for most everything prior to fermentation.  As your beer ferments, the ph drops too low for copper.
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Post by: gordonstrong on December 17, 2010, 02:53:31 PM
All my brewing vessels have copper pipe in them.  My false bottoms are copper too.

They look very nice after the boil.  Well, after I rinse the hops and break off them...

Copper: Hot side OK, cold side not so much.
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Post by: Mikey on December 18, 2010, 05:05:12 PM
Doesn't copper add some nutrients that helps fermentation? However, the wort should be exposed to it before fermentation starts.
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Post by: bluesman on December 18, 2010, 05:11:58 PM
Alot of breweries use copper kettles like this one.

Capital Brewery.

(http://www.capital-brewery.com/images/tour02_brewhaus.jpg)
Title: Re: brewing
Post by: oscarvan on December 18, 2010, 11:31:33 PM
My dad the chemist says that copper helps to bind the sulfites.....but I don't know were they would all end up.
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Post by: lonnie mac on December 18, 2010, 11:57:18 PM
My dad the chemist says that copper helps to bind the sulfites.....but I don't know were they would all end up.

Well, their bound!  :D

I have little copper in my brewery. Maybe it's superstition, but I have a copper rod that I throw into every single boil to this day.

Yeast food...
Title: Re: brewing
Post by: genne on December 19, 2010, 01:39:58 AM
Thanks everyone for the help!