Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Blowoff tube
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-14-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
Dirk7728
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: , Alberta
Posts: 39
Default Blowoff tube

Is it real critical to use food grade tubing for a blowoff tube? Its real easy to get 1 1/4" OD tubing from the local hardware store, but food grade, well thats a whole different story


Dirk7728 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2012, 08:13 PM   #2
ehedge20
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Woodbridge, Virginia
Posts: 331
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

You will be find with regular tubing, its what I use and I have never had a problem.


ehedge20 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2012, 09:43 PM   #3
duboman
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Glenview, IL
Posts: 6,365
Liked 506 Times on 468 Posts
Likes Given: 226

Default

I just use regular tubing for everything and have no problems at all, just be sure you sanitize it prior to use and for every use thereafter.
duboman is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2012, 11:55 PM   #4
Jipper
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 509
Liked 46 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Be careful if you're using a non-food grade tubing, or any plastic for that matter, as some can impart flavor into your beer (especially if it's in contact for an extended period of time, or at higher temperatures). Not necessarily saying don't use it - but just something to keep in mind!

Cheers.
Jipper is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2012, 03:48 AM   #5
helibrewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
helibrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 3,686
Liked 294 Times on 249 Posts
Likes Given: 77

Default

I think for blowoff tubes and "non-contact" uses you are fine. It should at least be rated for potable water, NSF-PW
__________________
Something is always fermenting....
"It's Bahl Hornin'"

Primary:
Brite Tank/Lagering:
Kegged: Sour Saison, Pale Ale, Aggie Ale, Firestone DBA, De Koninck Blonde
Bottled: Belgian Quad (Grand Reserve), Derangement (Belgian Dark Strong)
On Deck: Pliny the Younger
helibrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2012, 03:16 PM   #6
Jipper
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 509
Liked 46 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

+1 - Non-Contact uses won't have any negative effects on your final product (or shouldn't, assuming it was done right!)

Cheers!
Jipper is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2012, 03:23 PM   #7
Pezman1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Coppell, TX
Posts: 471
Liked 15 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Hardware store tubing is completely fine. Remember, If you do have a blowoff, most of the krausen will be driven up and out of the tube. Only a tiny fraction will drip back into the beer. As long as you sanitize the tubing, you are good to go.

Pez.
Pezman1 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2012, 09:56 PM   #8
Dirk7728
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: , Alberta
Posts: 39
Default

Good. Thanks to all. For now, I think Im going to get the hose I seen at my local hardware store. Its that clear hose that is reinforced white strands. I think it will be fine until the next time I get into a major city where I have a better chance of finding food grade hoses

Cheers
Dirk7728 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2012, 10:00 PM   #9
Brewham
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Posts: 262
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Food grade or reinforced hose would be severe over-kill for a blow off tube. It has no pressure and everything is flowing away from the fermenter. Just get the cheap clear plastic tubing.
Brewham is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2012, 11:02 PM   #10
adamjackson
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Canaan New Hampshire, NH
Posts: 735
Liked 77 Times on 63 Posts
Likes Given: 162

Default

I'm at day 4 of my Hefe brew and finally switched back to Airlock now that things are chilling out a bit. The krausen is still looking the same though but the beer is lightening up a bit.

For my double IPA, blow off tube installed right at fermenting and I'm glad I did..it's sending some bubbles through but not as much as the Hefe. From now on, while I still have carboys, I'll just use blow off tube as a default action at least for the first few days.


__________________
I'm a bit crazy...about beer.
My Beer Blog
My Beer Photos
Untappd Profile
adamjackson is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I should have used a blowoff tube... the75 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 14 04-24-2012 03:41 PM
BlowOff Tube Kiel9868 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 01-05-2011 12:47 AM
Blowoff tube lessthanhadley Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 03-31-2009 04:47 PM
Do I need a blowoff tube? iggy_fenton Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 07-26-2006 12:46 AM
blowoff Tube mayday1019 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 04-26-2006 12:24 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS