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Old 06-19-2008, 04:50 AM   #1
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as mentioned in the post below this one (atm), i'm working on a ginger soda recipe. should i use a different set of lines for this? i know people have warned against using root beer in your regular beer lines, but do you think the ginger brew will be strong enough to contaminate the lines?

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Old 06-19-2008, 07:46 AM   #2
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i would say try it in a empty soda can or a plastic cup with a lid and let it sit for a couple days then sanitize it the way you would sanitze your lines. if the smell is there.... thats the answer

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The plastic used for beer lines doesn't absorb flavors that way the rubber o-rings do. Beer line cleaner will clean them 100%. On the other hand, you need a much longer line for soda than beer. I use 15' of 3/16".

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On the other hand, you need a much longer line for soda than beer. I use 15' of 3/16".
why is that?
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Higher pressure soda is under (30 psi v. beer at 10-12) will give you wicked foaming when you try to pour. The longer length line reduces it (2 psi per foot I believe) by the time it reaches the tap/faucet.

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why is that?
Because soda is typically carbed to a much higher level. If you run a short line, you will foam like crazy.



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makes sense.

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Higher pressure soda is under (30 psi v. beer at 10-12) will give you wicked foaming when you try to pour. The longer length line reduces it (2 psi per foot I believe) by the time it reaches the tap/faucet.
1.7 psi/foot for 3/16" ID beverage line
.7 psi/foot for 1/4" ID beverage line

WRONG>>> So for davids example he could instead use a little over 6 foot of 1/4" line instead of 17 foot of 3/16 ((0.7/1.7)*15= 6.176), if he didn't want to have a big coil of line in the fridge. <<< WRONG

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Actually don't you need 43 ft of 1/4 tubing by those figures?

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Actually don't you need 43 ft of 1/4 tubing by those figures?
oops, heh your right should have inverted the fraction, my bad
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