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Old 05-28-2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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Where are you guys getting food grade vinyl tubing? HD and lowes only had the "non ice maker use" stuff. Can't get to the home brew shop for several days and not sure if they even carry it. I need to get something longer than my 2' faucet line for a keg of tasty IPA. Damn thing is nothing but foam under about 4psi.
I have read that some pet stores carry it. Any luck there? Thanks.

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Old 05-28-2009, 09:56 PM   #2
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:00 PM   #3
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Home Depot usually has some (WATTS brand) beverage tubing. I've heard people say that it doesn't work, but I've used it for over a year with no issues.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:59 PM   #4
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By WATTS do you mean the same stuff that has a warning on it because it can cause cancer and birth defects?

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Old 06-02-2014, 06:13 PM   #5
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They have tubing suitable for food/water and also tubing that is not.

"•First-run FDA-approved clear vinyl is appropriate for use in food and beverage applications"

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Old 06-02-2014, 06:24 PM   #6
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I personally don't like the home improvement vinyl tubing for my keg lines, I switched to the polyethylene icemake tubing because I found that it doesn't pick up flavors. It does get super stiff, but I don't find that to be an issue as long as my lines are routed well ahead of time.

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Old 06-02-2014, 08:06 PM   #7
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The reason it's marked "not for icemakers" is that it can't handle city water pressures of 60+ PSI.
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Old 06-03-2014, 06:03 PM   #8
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The reason it's marked "not for icemakers" is that it can't handle city water pressures of 60+ PSI.
So it's actually food safe?

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Old 06-03-2014, 09:12 PM   #9
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A garden hose isn't "food grade" yet I bet we all drank from them as children. I did. A lot!

We all turned out ok... didn't we?

Be more concerned about what's in your Happy Meal than what's in tubing. "Food Grade" and "Hospital Grade" are great ways for manufacturers to squeeze more money out of consumers. Looks legit. Sounds legit. Not legit.

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Old 06-04-2014, 05:12 PM   #10
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I got some stuff approved for beverage use at the local ACE Hardware. It was 1/4" diameter though, so the 10ft I bought to replace my 5ft 3/16" line actually ended up worse off.

It sits unused somewhere in my basement.
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