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Old 09-25-2010, 02:28 AM   #1
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I'm at the hardware store right now and was wondering which tubing I should get. The clear vinyl one says it handles chemicals, gases, and liquids; but do not use with ice makers
The other is polyethylene tubing that says resistant to most acids and akalis; good for ice makers or water lines.

I'm just a little confused which to use?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 09-25-2010, 03:16 AM   #2
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you want food grade, so use the polyethylene.

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If it is for hot make sure it is reinforced else the tube get soft when it heats up and can kink really easily. I just replaced a bunch of cheap clear hose with reinforced vinyl on the chilling side and silicone on the wort side.

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Old 09-27-2010, 11:27 AM   #5
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you want food grade, so use the polyethylene.
ok, so which one is it..?
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:50 AM   #6
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vinyl and poly will do the same thing, it is a market ploy specify that they will work for different applications, except at extreme temps. vinyl gets soft when hot and can kink.

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I'd think polyethelene tubing is ok since it is similar to PEX (cross-linked polyethelene) which is approved for drinking water supply lines.

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It would help if you told us what you planned on using it for. I would say copper, but that's because that's what I would use when replumbing my sink....oh, that's not what you're doing?

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Hot vinyl kinks really easily and it is annoying. If it is going to be hot (water output from a chiller or hot wort) then get reinforced or something stiffer.

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