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Old 07-28-2007, 03:48 PM   #11
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Here is some more info about my brewery.

I went through and found the types of tubing I bought from usplastics. They are PVC same as morebeer just $.24-$$.29/ft (50ft min) not $.50/ft like morebeer sells. (I am in no way knocking morebeer, I order tons of stuff from them and they are a great company I just like to buy bigger priced items from them and everything else is miser-ed from everywhere else ).

Here's my beer and gas lines:
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/variant.asp?catalog%5Fname=USPlastic&category%5Fna me=7513&product%5Fid=8594&variant%5Fid=59005
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/variant.asp?catalog%5Fname=USPlastic&category%5Fna me=7513&product%5Fid=8594&variant%5Fid=59008

I also found these nifty and cheap plastic hose clamps. I love these things and will change out my hot-side stainless worm-screw hose clamps with more of these as soon as I can. They are working great on my cold-side equipment and only require pliers to clamp to the tubing.
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/variant.asp?catalog%5Fname=usplastic&category%5Fna me=2659&product%5Fid=8236&variant%5Fid=57131
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/variant.asp?catalog%5Fname=usplastic&category%5Fna me=2659&product%5Fid=8236&variant%5Fid=57161
I also found the hot-side tubing I use (bought from morebeer )
http://morebeer.com/view_product/17608/
and here is what I will replace it with when the time comes
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/variant.asp?catalog%5Fname=USPlastic&category%5Fna me=7511&product%5Fid=8415&variant%5Fid=54038
or maybe this (I have had a problem in the past with the tubing being cut easily at the clamp connection)
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/variant.asp?catalog%5Fname=USPlastic&category%5Fna me=7511&product%5Fid=8265&variant%5Fid=54056

On a side note (your input needed please) I lost my hydrometer cylinder and these look like an excellent replacement. Not to mention useful for adding measured quantities of say whirlfloc, etc... liquids. My quandary comes in the question of which one to buy? Morebeer sells an 11.5" one for their hydrometers but all these are measured simply by milliliters. Maybe you guys can help, maybe I will call usplastics and ask come Monday. ??????
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=USPlastic&category%5Fna me=14&product%5Fid=14039
Please tell me what you guys think.

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Old 07-30-2007, 04:14 PM   #12
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Hey Edwort, let me know what you think

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Get the 100 ml Graduated cylinder. It should come out about the same size as a hydrometer test tube and also give you a good volume:accuracy range for measurement uses.

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Old 07-30-2007, 07:28 PM   #14
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Thanks, I really wondered what size to get. I will put that in my next order to usplastics.com. Ok, now for more feedback on my yeast collection idea........

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Old 07-31-2007, 06:41 AM   #15
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"Oh, and for you guys that want to know more about the spunding valve:
http://s181.photobucket.com/albums/x...t=DSCN1628.jpg
http://s181.photobucket.com/albums/x...t=DSCN1629.jpg"

Wortmonger, what is a spunding valve and how is it used??

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Wow, talk about a thread hijack. ;-)

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Old 07-31-2007, 03:52 PM   #17
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Hey Bobby_M,
Sorry about that. After I wrote it I was like, "Man, I started with his question about disconnects and gave him my entire brewery, lol". I do hope it helps show how mine is setup so you might get some ideas(that is if you haven't bought anything yet). By using the "females only" on my hoses I kept my costs down. Any future gadgets can be attached via cheap Male QD's. I also don't see the need for QD's with shut-offs on my connections as they are less expensive, the ball valves do just fine, and they don't block the tube to collect things that shouldn't be collected, lol. There is always some cleanup, but nothing like it used to be.

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http://s181.photobucket.com/albums/x...t=DSCN1628.jpg
http://s181.photobucket.com/albums/x...t=DSCN1629.jpg"

Wortmonger, what is a spunding valve and how is it used??
You can do a search on here for spunding for way more info, but basically it is a device that allows you to naturally carbonate your beer in your secondary by "adjustably" letting excess CO2 escape. It has a adjustable pressure relief valve and a gauge for visual reference. There is a lot on here about it and the web, I just like how it fits my system. Others aren't so accepting and like force carbonating, which I will still do on occasion.
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Depending on where you work, you could always call up Colder Products and request a few sample fittings for evaluation. I did just that and ended up with my high temp quick connects for free. I did genuinely evaluate them for something work related; but they worked out better in my brewing set up.

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I will agree that US Plastics prices are great for the CPC valves. You can get the shut off style for less than the straight through style that all the LHBS sell them for. And there silicon hose prices are great too....

But you better live across the street from this place in Ohio. I just put together an order of about 24 or so quick connect components and they wanted $58 for shipping from Ohio in Minnesota. You dont save THAT much getting them Northern Brewer, B3, Midwest, Austin, etc.

I think ill look for another option. I just had over 60 lbs of fresh seafood shipped overnight from California that didn't cost $60.

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I just stopped by US plastics on my way through Ohio. I didn't realize they sold all this stuff or I would have bought it while I was there. The showroom was more of an outlet.

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