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Old 09-17-2010, 12:16 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, thanks for all the help in my previous thread about the temp controller. As soon as I get a little extra play money, that's going to be the first on my list to do. I've got another slight issue however... I replaced the lines that had been on the unit (original from the bar, I've used it a number of times as well) with some new thick vinyl lines. They are the same material I believe though. Anyways, the new lines have a horrible and strong flavor or plastic. I poured way more than 2-3 oz, more like 10, and it was very unpleasant. Any ideas for getting rid of this flavor? I've noted others using a thick rigid commercial line, does anyone have any recommendations? Maybe there is a cleaning trick I haven't done....

 
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Old 09-17-2010, 01:29 AM   #2
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Did you use actual beverage line? There is a difference. Regular vinyl line from home depot and the like can impart plastic flavors. I would order some real beverage line.
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Old 09-17-2010, 01:53 AM   #3
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I got this from a local Homebrew shop.... I would like to think they are actual lines, but I wouldn't be surprised if they just ran out and ordered a bunch of stuff from a big supplier or something.

 
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:02 AM   #4
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Mix up some Beer Line Cleaner in a keg and flush the lines. I fill each line in rotation, wait 15 minutes, then flush about 4 oz, repeat.

 
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:02 AM   #5
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they might have made a mistake and sold you gas line instead of beer line..

 
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Old 09-17-2010, 06:09 AM   #6
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I always had problems with this until I picked up some cheap poly tubing. It was a bear to get over the fittings (boiling water helps), but no more plastic taste. You'll need longer lines though for the same resistance. It's slipperier inside than the vinyl stuff.

 
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:04 AM   #7
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Even some brands of "beverage" lines can give you the plastic taste. It's really hit or miss as even the dependable online dealers seem to never have the same brand twice. For now just pour out the first 2 oz or so into a plastic cup and chuck it.

 
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Old 09-18-2010, 02:16 AM   #8
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I used Bev Seal Ultra 235 and its great stuff. This is a polyethylene with a barrier layer on the inside. The smallest it comes is 1/4" with a pressure drop of .4PSI / ft. Highly recommended but I'm sure proper vinyl works too

 
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Old 09-18-2010, 04:50 AM   #9
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they might have made a mistake and sold you gas line instead of beer line..
different sizes? Mine are...

 
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:08 PM   #10
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well, I stopped in at another homebrew store and picked up some new 3/16ths line. I've attached one of them and am going to give it a look-see. Hopefully it's not as bad! I've got some brew that need serving on this wonderful opening day!

 
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