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benzy4010 11-12-2012 12:34 AM

Cleaning plastic tubing?
 
What's the best way to clean your tubes. I noticed one of my tubes developed some mold I believe. What's the best way to clean tubes?

CarnellSitka 11-12-2012 12:44 AM

after using them i run warm water through them, then when i am sanitizing i siphon some of the sanitizing stuff and water through them and let them sit with it inside the tube just the same as the carboy. after flushing the tubes of the sanitation solution i run water through them again.

Not sure if this is correct but this is how i do it.

YeastHerder 11-12-2012 12:59 AM

Before use, I flush with water to get any dust out that may have settled, and then sanitize with starsan before putting beer through them.

After use, I flush with hot water and then run starsan through as a final rinse. I let them drip drain for a bit before storage so there isn't standing water in the lines.

bioguy 11-12-2012 01:05 AM

If there is mold, I'd just replace the tubing. Tubing is cheap.

Keep your stuff clean - rinse immediately after use with warm water to flush any sugar. I store mine with iodophor in it, then run some water and more iodophor through before use. I know that's overkill, but I'd rather do overkill than underkill.

Pilgarlic 11-12-2012 01:06 AM

I don't reuse tubing anymore. Not worth it. It's cheap.

ssult1 11-12-2012 01:07 AM

If you believe there is mold in one of your hoses throw it out! Syphon tubing is too cheap to risk it. I flush my hoses with hot water after use and sanitize before use.

Unibrow 11-12-2012 01:12 AM

I've seen mold in my tubing 1 time. I easily got it out with warm water and then ran oxi clean through it for 24 hours. After I rinsed the oxi out, I hit it with star San and it was good as new

Pilgarlic 11-12-2012 01:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unibrow (Post 4580433)
I've seen mold in my tubing 1 time. I easily got it out with warm water and then ran oxi clean through it for 24 hours. After I rinsed the oxi out, I hit it with star San and it was good as new

All for two bucks? I admire your patience. I buy it by the spool and cut off what I need when I need it.

ArcticBear 11-12-2012 01:56 AM

Not worth risking a 5 gallon batch, especially after all the work of brew day, ruined over $4 of tubing...

If its expensive high temp tubing, boil it.

If its not, chuck it and replace it

Unibrow 11-12-2012 02:05 AM

Well I may just pick up a spool then...I ain't never bought a spool of anything before in my life


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