Copper ?

Discussion in 'General Brewing Discussions' started by yegnal, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. yegnal

    yegnal Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2017
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Built a down tube inside the kettle and placed a copper scrubber pad under the down tube to filter out the hops, hot break, and cold break.

    Works great.

    Question though. After boiling strike water I noticed the water was noticeably tinted by the copper scrubber pad. I dumped the water and reboiled another batch, but it was also tinted.

    My concern: Why did the water get so discolored by the copper ? and are there health concerns ?
     
  2. Nosybear

    Nosybear Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2012
    Messages:
    9,387
    Likes Received:
    6,619
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Aurora, CO, USA
    If it's discolored, you extracted far too much copper to be safe. Dump it. Get a stainless steel scrubby or, since I'm assuming you're doing this to trap trub, RDWHAHB - you don't need to worry about it too much.
     
    Trialben likes this.
  3. Head First

    Head First Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2012
    Messages:
    2,254
    Likes Received:
    2,455
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Back in the mountains
    Copper scrubber pads are only copper coated they are made of steel. Use stainless steel.
     

Share This Page

arrow_white