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From: R_GELINAS@UNHH.UNH.EDU (Russ Gelinas)
Subject: oilet humor
Date: 1992-06-04 13:47:49 GMT

No, Jack, my question about using dehumidifier water was not a joke. My
initial feeling was "Ugh, scary stuff", but then I realized it might have
some nice qualities, such as never being exposed to chlorine and being very
soft. I would certainly use a new clean catch basin, and I would obviously
boil the hell out of it before I would use it. So I tossed the question
out, and got some good responses. I've decided not to use it, because it
will probably have a metallic taste, and there's a question of microorganisms
that I don't want to deal with, even with a boil. I'm sort of surprised,
though, Jack, that such a passionate "standard brewing practice" debunker
as yourself would dismiss a real question about a "non-standard" practice
as a joke.

Re. cleaning copper: One of the best pieces of advice I've received from
this HBD is to boil copper tubing in a water/vinegar mixture to clean it.
About a cup of vinegar in 5 gallons is enough. The tubing comes out shiny.
For an immersion chiller, you don't really care about the inside of the
tubing. I give it a once over with a steel wool pad and hot rinse after
each use.

Micah sez don't recycle the mash. Hmmm. That'll shorten sparging time too.
What the heck, I'll give it a try this weekend. Thanks, Florian, too, your
dump in boiling water to mash out should speed things up too. (I got sh*t
last weekend for spending too much time in the cellar. :-/


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