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Old 02-16-2010, 05:58 PM   #1
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I need new beer lines for the taps and the brew shop is closed for the next few days. Anyone see any issues with picking up some tubing from HD or Lowes.

I would assume the normal cleaning and sanitizing.

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Old 02-16-2010, 06:09 PM   #2
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I don't keg, but for other tubing purposes I have used that stuff for a long time with no troubles.

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Old 02-16-2010, 06:20 PM   #3
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Any concerns with contamination? Or off flavors?

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Old 02-16-2010, 06:51 PM   #4
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Make sure it is 3/16ID, 7/16OD beverage tubing, the wall needs to pretty thick so you keep the line pressure up. If you don't it'll foam all over the place!

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Old 02-16-2010, 07:00 PM   #5
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The only concern is if it's beverage grade. Beverage grade has smoother inner walls, (less turbulance, less foam), and thicker walls overall, (tubing doesn't flex, pressure drop is more gradual, less foam again).

Of course, who knows how much of this is really important? You could always buy some of the lowes stuff, (which is not beverage grade) and see how it works.....I mean the stuff is like 10 cents/foot.

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Old 02-16-2010, 07:04 PM   #6
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Pretty helpful thread on 'taint' taste in various lines here:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/beer...c-taste-60380/

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Old 02-16-2010, 07:46 PM   #7
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I'd just wait till you could get over to the LHBS unless Lowes or HD has beverage tubing.

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Old 02-16-2010, 07:49 PM   #8
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Yea, you want to make sure you get 3/16 ID Thick wall beverage tubing. Gas tubing is usually 5/16 thickwall not 7/16 as suggested.

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Old 02-17-2010, 01:59 PM   #9
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The closest you will find is braided vinyl 1/4" ID line at HD and lowes, be patient and get the right stuff or foam city.

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