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Old 12-02-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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Default How do you clean your siphon tubes?

How do you all clean your siphon tubes after racking a brew?

I have flushed my racking cane/siphon tubes with hot water and star-san'd them before and after each use but have noticed a bit of cloudiness in some of the tubing.

I was thinking of getting a big pot of water to boiling (or nearly so) and stirring in some Oxyclean or PBW and then running it through the racking cane/siphon tubing by just racking it into my sink. If someone has a good basic 'go to' way to clean this tubing, let me know. Or, if you can point me to a link that'd be cool too. (I tried doing a search but didn't find an answer)

Thanks! Cheers...

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Old 12-02-2013, 09:39 PM   #2
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I rinse the tubing out in the sink with hot water after the transfer and soak for a minute in Starsan right before I use it again. Assuming we're talking about PVC tubing, it will become cloudy if left in Starsan for even a short period. I also replace my transfer tubing every year since it's rather inexpensive.

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Old 12-02-2013, 09:39 PM   #3
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I run hot water thru them as soon as I'm done using them.
I also bought a little brush with a long flexible handle from my LHBS that I can use to scrub out the chunks.

You might want to get one of the brushes.

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I'm with the first reply. Wrinse with hot water as soon as I've finished using them. Sanitize just prior to using them again... replace once or twice a year.

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Old 12-02-2013, 09:48 PM   #5
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I'm with the first reply. Wrinse with hot water as soon as I've finished using them. Sanitize just prior to using them again... replace once or twice a year.
This. Of course, my lazy arse only changes the hoses every couple of years. Mine are stained. So what?
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Cool. I guess I wanted to make sure the cloudiness of the tubing wasn't some latent sludge that's gonna come back to haunt my brews!

Klutz, I was thinking about some kind of brush for cleaning but my siphon tubing is about 3ft long.

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The cloudiness is from the hot water and prolonged PBW soaks. The plastic siphon pieces get micro fractures from hot water and extended cleaner soaks. Eventually they will form legit cracks and cause leaks. I flush mine with homemade PBW in slightly warm tap water for no longer than 30 min and it still looks crystal clear after 2 years.

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Old 12-03-2013, 05:36 AM   #8
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I'm pretty OC about cleaning immediately after use (in a typical brew day there's a transfer tube I'll have flushed and sanitized at least three times). Beyond that, if something looks hazy I'll bleach-bomb it and if it clears up nicely keep using it. Otherwise, tubing is way cheaper than a lost batch...

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Putting boiling water through a racking cane or auto siphon can definitely ruin it! I use warm but not hot water when I clean mine. As long as you flush it well immediately after racking and let it dry completely, you should be good to go.

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Old 12-03-2013, 01:43 PM   #10
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Good, i'm glad i'm not the only one who just does the hot water rinse and sanitize. I thought everyone did chem soaks...guess i'm not that lazy.

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