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Old 03-05-2011, 04:54 PM   #1
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I couldn't find some SS hose clamps to secure the SS braid inside the mash tun. I found some zip ties in the electrical section, they are rated to 185*F, which should be high enough. You think the heating of the zip ties would be OK? Thanks

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Old 03-05-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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I've been using zip ties in mine. They've been working great!

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Old 03-05-2011, 05:09 PM   #3
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I can't see why it would hurt. I'm sure people are going to try and tell you that it will leach into your beer, but something that small shouldn't pose too much of a risk.
You may find yourself replacing them quite often though, as zip ties tend to get brittle after a little while, I would imagine temperature would compound that.
I was able to find SS hose clamps at Lowes, but you have to buy a pack of them.

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I've found the ss hose clamps not to be 100% stainless. They have tended to rust around the screws that tighten the clamp.

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Old 03-05-2011, 06:05 PM   #5
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I've been using mine for 2 years with no rust problems...

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You have to get expensive American made clamps. A good hardware or plumbing supply should have them. The ones from Home depot are china crap and not all stainless, I have had them rust too.

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I've used zip ties with no problems!

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Old 03-06-2011, 04:45 AM   #8
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i use zip ties on my chiller, and have for years, and am still alive

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HD does have stainless zip ties,here's the link. http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

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Old 03-06-2011, 12:08 PM   #10
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I use a zip tie in the MT to secure my braid...I believe they are nylon which is rated for pretty high temps???

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