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Old 05-03-2009, 08:28 PM   #1
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Default What type of tubing for brew rig?

I built a herms system last summer and have brewed a few batches with good results. I am having one problem though.

I am using braided vinly tubing with Quick disconnects. The heat from the wort seems to soften the tubing after awhile kinking the tubing.

I was wondering what other people are using for high heat tubing that will not kink and keep form under such high heat and where to get it as well?

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There is really only one choice - 1/2" Silicone Tubing. AHS has it @ 2.10 a foot.

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That looks like the best best. I"m going to upgrade to that stuff eventually... when I have money in the brew gadget budget again.

There's also food grade suction hose but I think they don't make that smaller than 3/4".

I'm also guessing the silicone won't melt when you accidentally get a hose to close to a burner?

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northern brewer has some stuff for 1.40 a ft I dont thinks its translucent though.

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northern brewer has some stuff for 1.40 a ft I dont thinks its translucent though.
Thermoplastic rubber tubing. I use it for hot side transfers all the time. I bring it up now and then but people seem to be adverse to it for some reason. Maybe it's just the fact that it's not clear.
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I like to see if there are air bubbles forming. At least on the suction side.

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well I don't really think there are suction on these march pumps its a gravity fed pumping system. Its nice to see the wort going through the hose for sure but I can see the wort coming out of my manifold I make anyways so I can see if its coming out.

I'm going to a place here in Winnipeg to see if I can purchase some silicone tubing locally. If not I will get it from where ever ships it the cheapest.

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All pumps have suction when there is liquid in the head. Basic physics.

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There is really only one choice - 1/2" Silicone Tubing. AHS has it @ 2.10 a foot.
This is exactly the stuff I use and I LOVE it. Easy to use, doesn't leach any flavor out, and I can see when the mash tun is starting to pull air before I loose my prime.
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I really like the Thermoplastic tubing from Northern brewer and Plan to continue to use it. It is nice and stiff so it will never collapse, handles High heat, and feels good in the hand. Plus, On my new rig I will be covering all my lines anyway so the translucency gets me nowhere.

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