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Old 04-10-2011, 02:23 PM   #1
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Default Growler Filler Tubing

I want to get some tubing to fill some growlers straight from my tap (like they do at some brew pubs). The tubing will connect right at the end of the tap. I wanted to check out Home Depot for some cheap tubing but wasn't sure it would be food grade. Do you think it even really matters if the beer will just be flowing through it for a few seconds at most? Thanks.


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Old 04-10-2011, 03:58 PM   #2
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:02 AM   #3
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I use Lowes/Home Depot clear vinyl tubing for this purpose all the time. I think it is fine for this purpose considering the limited contact time the beer has with the plastic. You could also get some food grade silicone tubing for this purpose, if you are really concerned about it.
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:07 AM   #4
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I use Lowes/Home Depot clear vinyl tubing for this purpose all the time. I think it is fine for this purpose considering the limited contact time the beer has with the plastic. You could also get some food grade silicone tubing for this purpose, if you are really concerned about it.
I use silicone tubing.
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I don't use any tubing. I just keep my growlers cold, and when I'm ready to fill one I purge the CO2 from my keg, and dial it down to about 5 or so PSI, and fill.

Works great everytime.
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I don't use any tubing. I just keep my growlers cold, and when I'm ready to fill one I purge the CO2 from my keg, and dial it down to about 5 or so PSI, and fill.

Works great everytime.
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A piece of 3/8" vinyl tubing from Home Depot fits nicely INSIDE most taps. Make sure you ice down/freeze the growler for a little while before filling. The hose I use floats about 1/4" above the bottom of the growler.

Keep the PSI low, and fill in one shot with the tap fully open. I get about 2" of foam at the very top of the neck.

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my home depot doesn't sell tubing by the foot.
I have no use for 25' of tubing!
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I use vinyl tubing from lowes for everything except my kegerator lines. Siphoning, blow off tubes...etc.

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I got my tubing from Ace Hardware. They sell it by the foot. I fill growlers all the time, and I have perlicks. I have a piece of tubing that fits into the Perlick, and it works great!


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