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Old 11-23-2008, 04:40 PM   #1
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My local hardware store has plastic tubing that looks identical to the stuff I get from my LHBS. HBS is 45 mins drive (each way) - hardware store is 5. Any reason I shouldn't use tubing for an auto siphon from the hardware store (properly cleaned and sanitized, of course)? I'm sure it is not "food grade" if there is such a thing, but like I said, it looks identical.

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Old 11-23-2008, 05:06 PM   #2
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You can use it. Most LHBS's order the same stuff anyway. Just don't run anything hot through it. I don't care what anyone says, that stuff leaves off flavors and harmful chemicals in your finished product.

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Old 11-23-2008, 06:36 PM   #3
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You can use it. Most LHBS's order the same stuff anyway. Just don't run anything hot through it. I don't care what anyone says, that stuff leaves off flavors and harmful chemicals in your finished product.
So, if the plastic tubes aren't good for hot liquids, what do you suggest someone like myself use to drain my MLT after mashing/sparging?
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:15 PM   #4
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I found beverage grade Tygon tubing which I bought through Amazon, supplied by SmallPart.com. I guess I got the last one in stock, but hopefully they'll restock. Tygon is a little more flexible than vinyl tubing and is rated for 165-deg. F. I haven't used it yet, but Tygon is also supposed to be non-wetting, so it cleans up better. I paid about $12.00 for 10-feet with shipping. So it's about twice as expensive as vinyl but there shouldn't be any issue with off-flavors. See link for description.

Amazon.com: Tygon B-44-3 Beverage Tubing, 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD x 1/16" Wall Thickness 10'L: Industrial & Scientific

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Old 11-23-2008, 07:25 PM   #5
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Silicone tubing is great for boiling wort and mash water/wort. I got mine at USPlastic.com


Silcon® Silicone Tubing - US Plastic Corporation

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I use silicon tubing too. Expensive, but it'll last for years and can handle some high temps.

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