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Old 11-01-2009, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default What type/where to get tubing?

I need some tubing for the inside of my stainless braid for my DIY MT (per the Cheap and Easy MT thread) but I haven't been able to find it locally. Is there an online source for high heat, food grade tubing?

Also, what type of tubing do I need for tranfering from the MT to the kettle? I'm assuming this should also be rated for high heat. I'd lke to eventually put a quick disconnect on for when I ge my pump; any concerns there?

Finally, what size is the tubing for a blow tube on a glass fermenter?

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Old 11-01-2009, 06:10 PM   #2
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mcmaster-carr. get the food/beverage/dairy tubing thats autoclaveable. its the only tubing i use in brewing.

http://www.mcmaster.com

and see item 5231K355 as an example.

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Old 11-01-2009, 06:44 PM   #3
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mcmaster-carr. get the food/beverage/dairy tubing thats autoclaveable. its the only tubing i use in brewing.

http://www.mcmaster.com

and see item 5231K355 as an example.
that tube is only rated for 175* not saying it wont work, but i would look for something rated to 212+. your mash turn wont get that high, but boiled wort will.
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its rated 175F continuos.. but the fact it can be steam (autoclaved), gas, or chemical sterilized and is 3a dairy, i won't worry about it. perhaps if you run boiling water though it all day, it may get extremely limp and kink if not supported. i just dont see it melting.

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Just go for Silicone Tubing. You can get it at most Home Brew Stores.

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Just my opinion, i think you are better off w/out the tubing inside the braid, and simply using the braid as is. Some have reported this to cause a slow or stuck sparge...If you insist on putting something inside the braid, a coiled wire or a spring is a better option IMO.

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Agree with wilser.

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+1 on coiled wire inside the braid. I put coiled copper wire (ground wire from leftover Romex) inside my braid and it works fine.

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Just my opinion, i think you are better off w/out the tubing inside the braid, and simply using the braid as is. Some have reported this to cause a slow or stuck sparge...If you insist on putting something inside the braid, a coiled wire or a spring is a better option IMO.
Hmm...I'm having a hard time visualizing this. I thought the main purpose of the tubing was to attach the braid to the bulkhead, rather than using stainless steel clamps which seemed to corrode for some people. Is there an alternative method of attaching the braid?

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If the clamps corrode they are not stainless. Some stainless clamps have coated steel screws and ss bands.

I use a ss braid over a copper tube and it works. It does not clog and drains just as fast as without anything in the braid. I have about an inch or so of braid sticking past the end of the copper tubing.

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