Originally Posted by jonalexdeval
I was wondering this too. I ordered thermoplastic but the silicone is clear, whereas thermo is opaque...
I'm not sure why infection would be an issue unless you're talking about the tubing off the boil kettle into the carboy. Everything else is pre-boil. You just want to make sure it doesn't fill up with crap.
Yea, the opacity of the thermoplastic is a slight turn-off.
Regarding infection, I've never had one and don't want one. The post-boil stuff that I use for siphoning is what I want to make sure is sanitized well. It always looks clean and has yet to fail me, probably because I'm pretty anal about cleaning and sanitizing...and I replace the tubing every now and again. But, since I can't get a rag inside of the tubing to wipe it down, I always wonder if there's crap in there that I can't see, like mold spores or something. Tossing some high temp stuff into boiling water for a minute or two would eliminate this concern and I could hang onto the tubing forever.