So, I had a bit of a metallic reaction in my boil today, and I’d like people’s opinions on whether or not I did something terrible to my beer. Here’s what happened:
I have a new hop spider, and I thought it would be a cool idea to buy a heavy stainless steel weight to put into the hop bag to weight it down. So I bought a big chrome steel ball bearing off of amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007B2A3VQ.
It worked really well, but when it came out of the boil, the surface had definitely reacted. You can see in one of my uploaded pictures the ball bearing that went through the boil (on the right) and the second one that I have, that is brand new. The second photo I have is of the stain the reaction left of on the hop bag.
Anyone care to chance a guess at what the reaction was? Did I just get chromium in my beer? I’ve done a bit of googling, and hexavalent chromium would be serious bad juju for consumption.