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Old 09-16-2011, 01:14 AM   #221
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Well after much more frustration trying with boiling water I gave in and bought a cheap heat gun from Harbor Freight. That was the key for me. Heat it until you can jam a large Phillips head screwdriver in there, push the fitting on, then heat the tubing again to shrink and set it around the barb. Worked like a charm and so far no leaks and no clamps needed. Might just buy another 100ft of this stuff now that I know I can use it...

 
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:21 PM   #222
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Well after much more frustration trying with boiling water I gave in and bought a cheap heat gun from Harbor Freight. That was the key for me. Heat it until you can jam a large Phillips head screwdriver in there, push the fitting on, then heat the tubing again to shrink and set it around the barb. Worked like a charm and so far no leaks and no clamps needed. Might just buy another 100ft of this stuff now that I know I can use it...
Hey Boogie - FYI - we are down to our last 250' of this.

 
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:38 PM   #223
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Has anyone played around with the length of the line for a nitro (beergas) tap? Usually the length of line for nitro doesn't matter all that much, but I was curious what has worked for others with accuflex. Thanks!

 
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Old 09-21-2011, 04:18 PM   #224
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Hey gang - just FYI that we are now all sold out of this line. Would love to see more pics posted to this thread with everyone's tubing in action. Thanks!

 
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Old 09-24-2011, 03:45 PM   #225
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I'd also like to see some more pics

 
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:33 PM   #226
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FYI - we put this back up for pre-order again. Should have it in stock in the next week.

 
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Old 10-25-2011, 01:04 AM   #227
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FYI - Another batch of tubing is up on our website for order in case anyone wants some.

 
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:34 AM   #228
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I'm a n00b, so forgive me if this is an obtuse question, but wouldn't it make more sense to just order 1/4" ID tubing to decrease the length of line needed for each tap? Does this manufacturer not make 1/4" ID tubing?

The average keezer/keg setup only needs a handful of line between the keg and the tap, and it would be nice to not have the first half/three-quarters of your glass be beer that's been sitting in a line (especially for the beers you drink less often). It would also be nice to not have to manage 80ft of line inside cramped quarters.

Any clarification would be helpful. Thanks.

 
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:35 AM   #229
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Yes, they offer 1/4" tubing. In fact, it's much easier to get. But...

1/4" would vastly INCREASE the length of line required. It's a wider diameter than 3/16" (1/4" = 4/16"), which would significantly decrease line resistance per foot, thereby requiring a much greater length to get the same total resistance.

Cramped quarters are not an issue because the outer diameter is much smaller than equivalent vinyl tubing. You can fit a lot more line in the same amount of space.

And lastly, beer sitting in the line is a non-issue. In fact, that's a major reason why many of us have bought this tubing. Beer that sits in a vinyl line for an extended period of time will start tasting like plastic. Beer that sits in barrier tubing such as this, even for months, will be just as good as the beer sitting in the keg.

 
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:52 PM   #230
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I'm a n00b, so forgive me if this is an obtuse question, but wouldn't it make more sense to just order 1/4" ID tubing to decrease the length of line needed for each tap? Does this manufacturer not make 1/4" ID tubing?

The average keezer/keg setup only needs a handful of line between the keg and the tap, and it would be nice to not have the first half/three-quarters of your glass be beer that's been sitting in a line (especially for the beers you drink less often). It would also be nice to not have to manage 80ft of line inside cramped quarters.

Any clarification would be helpful. Thanks.
Not sure what you're basing all that on, but it's completely backwards.

3/16″ ID vinyl tubing = ~3 psi/ft
1/4″ ID vinyl tubing = ~0.85 psi/ft

Those numbers vary depending on the actual types of tubing, but their relationship won't change much.

So to balance a system you'd need like four times as much 1/4" ID tubing as 3/16", and then you'd have way, way more beer sitting in the tubing between pours...

Cheers!

 
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