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Old 02-20-2014, 06:45 AM   #1
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Default Bevlex Barrier Lines - hard to fit adapter in?

Just got the Bevlex glass lined barrier lines from Birdman Brewing because I was getting vinyl taste from my pvc lines. It worked from the very 1st pour, no taste at all.

Here's the problem. My beer out ball lock, quick-disconnects have 1/4" diameter barbs while the Bevlex is 3/16" ID. Unlike vinyl tubing, you can't just soak it in hot water and ram the barb in.

I took 2 inches of vinyl line, a 3/16" inner diameter (male-male) barb, and hose clamps and made a Frankenstein monster adapter. The 3/16" Bevlex won't even go all the way onto the barb.

I'm sure I'm doing something wrong.





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Old 02-20-2014, 12:22 PM   #2
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Welcome to the club

You need to place the end of the line in boiling water. At the same time, I used a flaring tool that was heated with a heat gun and mated the two together to stretch out the lines. You may need to do this several times and add some oil/grease to your flaring tool to help during removal.

After stretching the bevflex lines enough mate the two pieces. Take a heat gun to the QD and heat the line to seal it around.

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Old 02-20-2014, 01:31 PM   #3
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There are many threads on this.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/call...xperts-343054/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/inst...3-16-a-431424/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/accu...roblem-381622/

etc.

Unless you want to switch to John Guest fittings, it's a bit of a PITA. But after you do one or two barbs it's pretty quick, and these lines should last you a long time so you won't have to do it again for a while.

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Old 02-20-2014, 01:38 PM   #4
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It'd be a lot easier (and possibly more reliable) to use John Guest push-to-connect fittings with Bev Seal Ultra Series 235 lines than risk damaging the liner by forcing it over a barb...

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It'd be a lot easier (and possibly more reliable) to use John Guest push-to-connect fittings with Bev Seal Ultra Series 235 lines than risk damaging the liner by forcing it over a barb...

Cheers!

$20 for a fitting on Amazon? Wow, sometimes Amazon really jacks those prices up. The John Guest site has it for $3. I really don't see me getting that 1/4" flare in this tubing. For $3 it's worth the money. Thanks.

http://www.freshwatersystems.com/p-2...-14-flare.aspx
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Old 02-21-2014, 03:07 AM   #6
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$20 for a fitting on Amazon? Wow, sometimes Amazon really jacks those prices up. The John Guest site has it for $3. I really don't see me getting that 1/4" flare in this tubing. For $3 it's worth the money. Thanks.
C'mon, look closer: the Amazon listing is for a ten-pack. That makes it $2.07 per...

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What am I going to do with a pack of 10 though?

It would still cost me $20+shipping and I'd have 7 useless adapters left over that aren't worth selling to anyone. I already have enough spare homebrew parts.

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day_trippr's right that the John Guest fittings are the "proper" way to do it and are a lot easier, but I'd guess that at least 90% of the Accuflex users on this forum got them over the 1/4" barbs without too much grief. There's certainly a learning curve but once you do one or two it's a lot easier, and I wouldn't worry about damaging the liner. It seems pretty tough and if the beer touches the outer rigid tubing which is polyolefin (PP or PE, not PVC) in one tiny location it's not a problem.

There are some more tips on this page:
http://www.birdmanbrewing.com/accufl...free-shipping/

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I really don't see me getting that 1/4" flare in this tubing.
If you're getting thirsty I'd at least give it a shot while waiting for the JG fittings to come in. You can use a heat gun or boiling water.
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What am I going to do with a pack of 10 though?

It would still cost me $20+shipping and I'd have 7 useless adapters left over that aren't worth selling to anyone. I already have enough spare homebrew parts.
Jeeze, calm down before you blow a microchip. If I was converting to Bev-Seal tubing I'd need 12 of those fittings...

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What am I going to do with a pack of 10 though?

It would still cost me $20+shipping and I'd have 7 useless adapters left over that aren't worth selling to anyone. I already have enough spare homebrew parts.


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