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Old 01-27-2012, 02:37 PM   #21
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Silicone tubing is great!

I've even replaced the cold water feed and drain lines for my plate chiller, with camlocks on one end, and garden hose connections on the other, with silicone.

Vinyl is too stiff.

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Old 01-27-2012, 03:11 PM   #22
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Is silicone tubing more flexible and easier to work with than vinyl? All my vinyl tubing is curly.

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Old 01-27-2012, 03:18 PM   #23
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Is silicone tubing more flexible and easier to work with than vinyl? All my vinyl tubing us curly.
Oh, yes. Night and day compared to vinyl.
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:25 PM   #24
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Silicone tubing has very little 'memory' as compared to vinyl. In other words after being coiled up for a while it doesn't want to stay coiled as much as vinyl.

Careful using silicone however on anything that is under pressure (like a cold water feed that's connected to your house plumbing). Silicone is soft and will blow up like a ballon under pressure.

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Silicone tubing has very little 'memory' as compared to vinyl. In other words after being coiled up for a while it doesn't want to stay coiled as much as vinyl.

Careful using silicone however on anything that is under pressure (like a cold water feed that's connected to your house plumbing). Silicone is soft and will blow up like a balloon under pressure.

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I forgot about that. Something tells me I need to test those new lines under pressure before I brew with them.

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I use a water hose adapter made out of silicone to fill my HLT that connects between my sink and and a regular hose with QD's connected to the HLT input:



There's a ball valve on the HLT so I just need to make sure to open that up before I turn on the water.

March pumps aren't really an issue as they have basically no head pressure.
Tap water in most places ranges from 40-80 PSI.

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Old 01-27-2012, 05:49 PM   #27
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For cold water supply lines (city water pressure) I would use reinforced tubing or RV water hoses, not silicone.

You will only forget one time to open that valve on the HLT.

I've been witness to the popping silicone tubing on two separate brew days and it really wakes you up!

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Old 01-27-2012, 07:42 PM   #28
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Just pick up some reinforced silicone tubing. It's only $7 a foot

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Turns out the LHBS only ordered the 3/8 ID tubing so I went on Bargainfittings.com got about 15 feet. Can't beat 5 bucks flat rate shipping.


Wellllllllllllllllllll, you can IF you do what morebeer.com does for most of their stuff (free shipping over $50.00 on select items). Currently, Morebeer.com is sold out on silicone tubing.

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For cold water supply lines (city water pressure) I would use reinforced tubing or RV water hoses, not silicone.

You will only forget one time to open that valve on the HLT.

I've been witness to the popping silicone tubing on two separate brew days and it really wakes you up!
I like how you guys put the warning on the item before purchasing. I don't see it anywhere else. I wonder how many people have made silicone balloons...
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