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Old 02-18-2009, 04:05 PM   #1
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Hi guys,
I know I need to get some silicone tubing because I'll be recirculating mash as well as recirc. boiling wort through a CFC. My question is whether or not this tubing below from Mcmaster is good enough or is the wall too thin?

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Also, BobbyM, feel free to chime in since I'm using the same QD's as you and I remember you saying you were switching to silicone.

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Old 02-18-2009, 04:09 PM   #2
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I got 1/2" ID, 1/8" wall silicone from USplastics, but Morebeer is actually cheaper right now.


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Old 02-18-2009, 04:12 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'll get that. Just out of curiousity, how much did you need?
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I got 1/2" ID, 1/8" wall silicone from USplastics, but Morebeer is actually cheaper right now.
+1 on this. I've been using this with my march pump setup for the past 8-10 brews and it's worked great. The product in your link looks like it's just a bit thinner walled than the stuff from morebeer/AHS. The tubing from morebeer is 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD if I remember correctly.
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The product in your link looks like it's just a bit thinner walled than the stuff from morebeer/AHS. The tubing from morebeer is 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD if I remember correctly.
Yeah, I have some of the thin and thick walled stuff. The thin walled is just too thin. It collapses and kinks very easily.
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I am looking into some tubing as well. I was wondering why silicone vs. teflon(tygon) or norprene. I thought that silicone can get gummy inside after repeated hot exposure, but I just want something super inert that won't leach crap into my brews over time.
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Folks using the silicone tube are happy with it, and it should be plenty inert. It holds up to high temps, does not seem to have memory, I bought mine at AHB. Here is their description:
* Made from FDA-sanctioned ingredients.
* Able to resist extreme temperature variation: -100F to 500 F.
* Translucent natural color for visual contact with the flow.
* Resilient, stretchable, and resistant to compression set.
* Odorless, tasteless, and inert.
* Good electrical and weatherability properties. It resists UV, ozone, gases, and moisture.
* Listed by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF 51).
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Yeah, I have some of the thin and thick walled stuff. The thin walled is just too thin. It collapses and kinks very easily.
+1 Thin wall from US Plastics did the same. Found some reinforced from midwest a little while back but looking for more soon.


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