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Old 07-28-2008, 05:45 AM   #1
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Default NO silicone tubing for beer lines

I went to a homebrew shop out of town a while back. I asked the sales person what I should use for beer line for my kegerator. They gave me 3/16 inch silicone tubing. It worked OK but last night it poured one glass fine and then the second was ALL head. I popped open my kegerator to take a look. Here is what I saw.

It was as poofy as a balloon animal. Needless to say I disconnected the gas right away and drained the liquid out of the line. Tomorrow I'll pick up proper vinyl beer line from my LHBS.

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Old 07-28-2008, 06:18 AM   #2
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Thanks for the warning, mystery. It's surprising that they would be selling that stuff considering it's completely inappropriate and would be discovered to be so by the first person to use it. I can only assume that you're either the first person, or nobody's bothered to tell them that it's not suitable.

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Old 07-28-2008, 06:18 AM   #3
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Wow, now I've seen everything, LOL! That sales person should be fired for telling you that you could use anything other than thick walled beverage tubing in your draft system.

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Old 07-28-2008, 06:19 AM   #4
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Beer Filled Ballon Animals!!!!!

Thanks for the warning though...

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Old 07-28-2008, 07:06 AM   #5
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NICE! I'll take a poodle!

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Old 07-28-2008, 02:39 PM   #6
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What a complete tool. I'd go back to the place and beat him with it.

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Old 07-28-2008, 02:47 PM   #7
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Looks like a beer sausage to me.

I would ask for a refund based on the Employee Ignorance Policy!

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Good work being quick on the draw. It's a good thing you had the foresight to peek in the fridge and see WTF was up, rather than pull 8 more pints through it in frustration. Your diligence saved you a massive beersplosion!

I'd take that back to the store and demand the correct line at no cost, a few feet of extra line for your time, and maybe some extra clamps or QDs or something to make up for the gas for the 2nd trip.

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yea the tubing they sold you is obviously inadequate. but I cant think of any reason why silicone tubing of the proper thickness and quality cant be used. I guess I would be thank it didnt blow and hurt anyone or even worse empty a keg of beer on the floor. what pressure was it set at?

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yea the tubing they sold you is obviously inadequate. but I cant think of any reason why silicone tubing of the proper thickness and quality cant be used. I guess I would be thank it didnt blow and hurt anyone or even worse empty a keg of beer on the floor. what pressure was it set at?
To my knowledge, there is no silicone tubing rated for hi-pressure suitable for use in a kegging setup. It is hi-temp by nature, and great for transferring wort during brewday. Many have thick enough walls to put up with pressures as provided by a March pump. But to my knowledge, no silicone product is currently offered with the "right" thicknesses for a closed CO2-based pressure system.

I'm not saying it "can't" be done - I don't think anyone currently sells the appropriate thickness/burst test product.
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