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Old 03-24-2008, 07:52 PM   #1
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Is the plastic tubing you can buy at Lowe's, Home Depot, etc... ok for homebrewing purposes? Not sure if that carries a "food grade" rating on it or not. Thanks

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Old 03-24-2008, 07:58 PM   #2
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It depends. Most of the time the tubing at Home Depot/lowes will be segregated and designated as beverage tubing, etc... So if it's good for beverage lines, it's good for brew.

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Old 03-24-2008, 07:58 PM   #3
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The vinyl tubing at Lowe's & Home Depot should be fine, but I don't use any vinyl tubing any more. It curls and has a memory and is a pain when cold. I moved to silicone tubing from Austin Home Brew. Info Here.

It cleans easy with a soak in Oxiclean and sanitizes with starsan. When you are ready to use it to rack, it hangs down without touching everything in sight like a curly vinyl hose. It costs more, but is well worth it. It's also high temp, so you can use it to move hot wort from your mash tun or kettle.

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Thanks for the quick replies. Last time I looked I didn't see anything about beverage tubing or anything so it got me wondering.

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Well sure as hell I got to looking at the fine print on the boxes and it does say for food/beverage purposes. Buying in bulk saved me close to 50% over what the home brew supply stores sell tubing for.

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