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Offline roysbrew1

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Wort chiller has degraded tubing gunk on it
« on: April 26, 2016, 09:45:46 am »
The tubing on my wort copper chiller has started degrading and has left a sticky gooey mess all over the copper tubing.  What is the best way to clean the gunk off copper tubing without damaging it?

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Re: Wort chiller has degraded tubing gunk on it
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2016, 09:51:05 am »
The PVC tubing is degrading?

I clean my chiller in oxyclean after using it. If you have stuff that is stuck on there, scrape it off with a copper scrub pad.

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Re: Wort chiller has degraded tubing gunk on it
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2016, 10:07:49 am »
Yes, it is the PVC tubing that is degrading.  It is like super glue that won't dry.

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Re: Wort chiller has degraded tubing gunk on it
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2016, 10:22:22 am »
I would warm it up to soften it further and scrub with a copper pad. Replace it with higher quality tubing that can handle a boil or higher. Silicone is nice for the temp capacity, but it's price and sometimes the lack of rigidity is a pain.

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Re: Wort chiller has degraded tubing gunk on it
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2016, 11:57:11 am »
I will give the copper pad a try.
Thanks

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Re: Wort chiller has degraded tubing gunk on it
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2016, 12:39:51 pm »
If the copper pad doesn't work, try stainless.