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Old 11-12-2012, 03:07 AM   #11
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I've been using the same tubing 7 batches(new brewer). All I do is rinse right after using, using hot water, shaking out the tubing. Always rinse out the tubing at next use and run sanitizer through it before I use.

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Old 11-12-2012, 03:57 AM   #12
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I have a 6 ft section of 3-inch PVC pipe with a cap on one end. I fill with Oxi or Starsan and put all my tubing in it to soak. It works pretty well. Since the tubing doesn't bend the tubing gets filled and the interior stays in contact with the cleaning agent.

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Old 11-12-2012, 06:14 PM   #13
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What's the average price for a spool of tubing?

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Old 11-12-2012, 06:31 PM   #14
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I always have a bucket of Oxiclean and water sitting around (that's where my empty bottles get cleaned). When I'm done bottling I drop one end in and lower it into the Oxi until there are no bubbles and let it soak awhile. I hang it from a clothes pin turned upside down over a wire and try and keep it as straight as possible until it's dry. When that's done I put it in a plastic bag until I need it again.

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Old 11-12-2012, 08:27 PM   #15
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What's the average price for a spool of tubing?
$.38/ft for 5/8".
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:33 PM   #16
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Too cheap to clean and hard to deal with anyway. They make line brushes but it's still not easy to clean with them. I replaced my vinyl with silicone except for the siphon tubing, which I just bought new. I'll use it a few times but the first sign of any buildup I'll replace it for a whopping $5.

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Old 11-12-2012, 08:43 PM   #17
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It costs about $2 for 10' of 5/16"ID tubing at Menards. I hate throwing it away but if it is questionable at all, you might as well just buy new.

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Do they sell it at like homedepot or is it a food safe tubing?

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Old 11-12-2012, 09:11 PM   #19
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I use one of these jet bottle washers to flush my tubing with hot water after use. I just use the hottest water my sink will deliver and then a soak in StarSan. And as has been posted by several others, if it gets funky, just replace it.

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Old 11-12-2012, 09:23 PM   #20
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Do they sell it at like homedepot or is it a food safe tubing?
I think it is food safe and I am pretty sure they sell it at home depot as well. I would guess you can find the stuff at most hardware stores as well. Probably not as inexpensive though.
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