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Old 05-29-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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Hey guys, does anybody here currently use or know of a clear flexible tubing that can be used on wort/water at temperatures up to 212F? I found some UV-resistant stuff on Mcmaster but i wanted to see if anyone else is currently using it or something similar. it is "UV-resistant Clear PVC" PN 1487T4.



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Old 05-29-2012, 11:26 AM   #2
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www.northernbrewer.com/shop/3-8-id-thermoplastic-tubing-1.html

Pretty expensive, but good up to 275 degrees.


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Old 05-29-2012, 11:31 AM   #3
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/really-clear-silicone-tubing-329306/
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:44 AM   #4
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Silicone is the standard that most everyone uses. It's food grade and can easily handle the temps most homebrewers will throw at it. Most use 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD.

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Old 05-29-2012, 01:03 PM   #5
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I went a different route and I'm quite happy I did. I use Tygon Tygoprene XL-60. It is good up to 250 degrees.

This is the best price I found online:

5/8": http://emurdock.com/tygoprene-an800038-1.aspx

1/2": http://emurdock.com/tygoprene-an800038.aspx

Cheaper than silicone tubing as well and holds up a bit better under hot temps.

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Old 05-29-2012, 02:29 PM   #6
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BobbyM with brewhardware.com recently switched to a silicon hose that is really clear. His will be the next hose i buy when i start replacing or adding hoses

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Cheaper than silicone tubing as well and holds up a bit better under hot temps.
I'm just making sure you weren't claiming that tygoprene was better with hot temps than silicone. You meant in comparison to PVC right?
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:29 PM   #8
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Hey Bobby_M, is it safe to assume that your super-clear tubing (for silicone tubing that is) is still good to ~500°F?

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why do you guys need tubing that can take that much heat? I am assuming it is because you guys are running gas systems and are worried about the heat on the side of the vessels?

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Old 05-29-2012, 03:50 PM   #10
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Flame wash is one. Also making sure it is 100% neutral at the temps the wort is at going through it.

I also like how flexible the silicone tubing is even at room temp. No memory in it to speak of. I even use it on my keg spray wand since it's much easier to use that way.



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