So I've been messing with IPA recipes and techniques. I have never bothered with trying to weight down hop bags for dry-hopping, but I thought I'd give it a try this time. As I am not a 19th-century British schoolchild, I do not have marbles on hand, which I know are the recommended weight of choice. I was racking my brain for something to use, then I saw my tool box. Why not use the attachments for a socket wrench? Stainless steel, able to be sanitized...boom, I have http://www.google.com/imgres?q=socket+wrench+set&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&client=safari&sa=N&rls=en&biw=1272&bih=605&tbm=isch&tbnid=lQ0dxi-EuUQfCM:&imgrefurl=http://www.cdsct.com/products/show-2666.html&docid=vFcwxC5ThScm5M&imgurl=http://www.cdsct.com/uploads/201008/Socket%252520Wrench%252520Set.jpg&w=350&h=262&ei=JmZrUJihMMTz0gGuqIDwAQ&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=263&sig=103855574045057058693&page=1&tbnh=115&tbnw=154&start=0&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0,i:119&tx=84&ty=80
Then after muscling them into the carboy neck (they bunched up in the bag and it was harder than I thought), and racking the beer, I noticed that despite the weight, the hop bags were still on top of the solution. Fantastic. Well the hops were wet, and hopefully it didn't matter. Later found out that weighting down the hop bag really isn't worth the trouble.
THEN I found out that the socket wrench attachments weren't stainless steel. They were chrome/chromium-plated steel. Usually for socket wrenches, they use cheap chrome. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromium_toxicity
Chrome is toxic.
So I ran home, racked the beer out of the carboy, and it does smell fantastic. It seemed to taste good, but I haven't been feeling great and I'm not sure my palette is the sharpest.
The attachments did not appear to have any corrosion. There were some flecks on the inside of them, but then I looked at the attachmenets I didn't use, and they had the flecks as well. However, I do know that beer pH is usually well below 5, and could likely corrode something like this.
As I do not want to poison myself, my wife, friends, or family, should I dump this beer? Its one of my better IPAs, and would sting like hell to dump it.
Anyone familiar with corrosion of chromium on steel?