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Old 06-29-2007, 12:50 PM   #1
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I just finished making a counterflow chiller and was wondering what I need to do before I use it for brewing. Should I just boil up a pot of diluted vinegar and let that flow through or do I need to do something more? I have some beer line cleaner.

As far as tubing goes, does anyone know what you can use for tubing from the brewpot to the cfc? I couldn't find any tubing at the hardware stores that specifically states for high temps. I'm going to order some, but I plan on brewing this afternoon and need something I can just pick up.

 
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Old 06-29-2007, 01:14 PM   #2
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I would sanitize with Star San. As far as the hose goes I'd use Thermo plastic rubber (TPR) I believe the temp max. is 275*F.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:28 PM   #3
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I use regular old vinyl hose. It gets soft, but hasn't failed me yet. There is virtually no pressure in it- It's not going to inflate like a balloon or something- no B.F. Brewrich blimp. Darn it.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:32 PM   #4
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Oh, sanitize it however you do everything else. If you want that new copper sparkle, us a plumbers lime remover- it is phosphoric acid, like in whichever sanitizer some guys like.
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:15 PM   #5
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I ran hot vinigar thru mine a few times, then ran water thru it. I don't know if that is really necessary, but I did it anyway, I wanted to make sure it was clean.
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