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Brass

Postby stillvodka » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:49 pm

Hello,

I have been given some large Brass fittings, which would be Idea for connecting the column to the boiler on my new still I am building, I would like to know opinions if it's is good or bad to use brass on a still, some say lead can come from brass in Alcohol, Ive look on the net at large commercial distilleries, they seem to all use Brass on there pot stills, I don't know what to think half the time, whats right and whats not.
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Re: Brass

Postby GingerBreadMan » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:18 pm

There's lead test kits you can get at the hardware store. I used a brass fitting once before in a previous still. Used the test kit, came up negative for lead.
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Re: Brass

Postby minime » Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:54 pm

brass has a very minor amount of lead in it's makeup. If you are concerned about loose surface lead on the fitting from machining, just give it a good scrub with soap and water. Any lead bound in the brass can not leach to the surface.
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Re: Brass

Postby myles » Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:57 pm

There was a post some time ago about bronze. A different alloy. Someone told me it is safe to use for food use, and there is a BIG bronze bell in a local auction that is just begging to be converted. I am tempted. Can you picture a cast bronze still. I bet I could do a lost wax casting if i tried hard.
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Re: Brass

Postby stillvodka » Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:47 am

Thanks for the replies,
My column is 3'' diameter so these fitting would cost me a fortune if I had to buy them at this size, I like the look polished brass on stills
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