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Offline Lrflores517

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Copper Pot
« on: August 24, 2019, 07:47:01 AM »
I think I scored but not sure. So I was at a resale shop and bought a 55L copper pot. I’ve brewed with SS and aluminum pots. Was this a smart buy to do my brewing?

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Re: Copper Pot
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2019, 02:25:47 PM »
Copper was used for brewing before stainless steel. Stainless is much more durable, so it is most used in brewing. Copper is still used in some traditional breweries.

A guy in my club has a copper kettle that he uses for historic brews, heated by a wood fire.
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Offline Lrflores517

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Re: Copper Pot
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2019, 03:07:16 PM »
So I should have no worries. I think it was a steal for $35/30€. I’m heading back stateside next month. I just don’t want to jack up a brew by using a kettle that will ruin it. I use a copper IC.

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Re: Copper Pot
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2019, 03:23:42 PM »
Copper does accelerate staling reactions in beer.  If this proves to be a problem, you can use gallotannin (BrewTan B) to chelate some of the copper.   
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Re: Copper Pot
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2019, 04:09:46 PM »
Copper has been named as a hazard when present in drinking water at above 1.3 ppm. The good thing is that yeast sequester virtually copper during a ferment, so beer is generally considered copper-free...even when produced in copper kettles. Copper's capability to produce a Fenton-reaction does increase oxidation in wort and limiting its presence does appear to be a somewhat good idea. However, having a copper-free brewery can result in higher prevalence of sulfury compounds in finished beer.
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