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Old 12-03-2008, 07:00 AM   #1
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I soaked a length of 3/8" vinyl tubing in One Step for twenty four hours. The tubing now has a whitish hazy look.

Running a few gallons of rinse water through it, treating with vinegar and then rinsing again helped. But the tubing is still not "new" looking.

Is this stuff okay despite the haze? Should I soak it, use it or just toss it?

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Old 12-03-2008, 09:13 AM   #2
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I will be watching this thread very closely. I always wanted to know the answer to this as well.

I was thinking of pushing a shotgun cleaning kit cotton patch thru the tube with a wooden dowl (push-rod).

I think it'll work, but I have yet to try it.

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Old 12-03-2008, 09:49 AM   #3
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It's scale, it happens quite often. It is similar to the stuff that accumulates on some bottles saked in oxyclean as well.

IIRC it's a reaction between the minerals in water you use, and the oxyclean.

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It really is harmless. But you could try soaking/running them through some starsan, the acid in the sanitizer neutralizes some of the scale that the oxyclean causes. If you don't have starsan, you could try dilluting some white vinegar...of course you will have to rinse thoroughly to get the vinegar off.

My autosiphon tubing was like that for months before I replaced it, and the beer was fine.

As long as the tubing is clean and sanitized it will be fine despite what it looks like. If you replace the tubes, more than likely they will develop the scale too..

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Not to disagree with Revvy, who happens to be my mentor and hero </suckup> but I have experienced the same after extended soaking in StarSan too.
I don't know that it is scale as much as just a reaction in the tubing material itself. I have a length of clear vinyl tubing that has been used for nothing but fresh clean water. The areas where water has sat for a period of time has developed a whitish haze as well. So.... there may be different effects we are seeing that are producing similar results.
Regardless, if properly sanitized it should be fine either way.

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I get the same thing after I forget it in the starsan, it's fine and normal.

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Old 12-03-2008, 12:34 PM   #6
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Don't worry about it. I've had it in my siphon tubing for a while. I've tried oxy-clean, bleach, and star san, and it always comes back, and I've never had a problem with it.

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Alright, this might not be the answer but here it goes. I just had a new boat top done this year and it has new vynal clear windows, after I fished in the rain I rolled the windows up and put them away, not in the sun. My next trip out the windows were very cloudy and bot was I pi@#ed, my buddy told me to uroll them and leave them in the sun for a couple of days and within 2 days they were cleared up. Now I do not know if that will work for the tubing but its worth a try.

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I THINK, and I'm only speculating, we may be describing two different things. My tubing physically feels rough in those patches, it's on the outside of the hose...You can run your finger over it and the hose feels normal until you get to those patches, and they feel rougher, almost like plaster, yet you can't scrape it off.

But either way, it doesn't seem to affect the beer, as long as you clean and sanitize the hoses before each use.

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it costs 18 cents a foot, i replace it when it gets like that.

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Not to disagree with Revvy, who happens to be my mentor and hero </suckup> but I have experienced the same after extended soaking in StarSan too.
I don't know that it is scale as much as just a reaction in the tubing material itself. I have a length of clear vinyl tubing that has been used for nothing but fresh clean water. The areas where water has sat for a period of time has developed a whitish haze as well. So.... there may be different effects we are seeing that are producing similar results.
Regardless, if properly sanitized it should be fine either way.
Me too. Soaked mine for a few days and that happened to it. Never hurt anything as far as the beer goes.
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