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Old 09-07-2012, 07:32 AM   #1
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Is there any good reason why I should not use Gardena type quick connect hose fittings with silicone hose on my new HERMS system ?
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:03 AM   #2
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I use them to connect all my 4 hoses to the platechiller after cooking.
Word is, these fittings aren't foodgrade safe.
Don't know about availability, but over here I can buy the same (different brand but compatbile) made from messing.

 
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:17 AM   #3
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Any idea about what constitutes food safe ????

Would these fittings promote the growth of bacteria and how would they stand up to hot water ?

 
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:58 AM   #4
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If you keep them sanitized it has nothing to do with bacteria. It is more the 'problem' that there cold be stuff (plasticizers?) in the plastics that dissolves uder warmer temps.
Plastics that are foodgrade don't have that.

But again, I use it on my cooler so my hot and cold wort goes through these connectors

 
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:57 AM   #5
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around here those things arent cheap (10-15 per set).. camlocks can be had for quite a bit less

 
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:06 AM   #6
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Around here in South Africa they work out about $3.57 for the male and female set.

Strange they are more expensive in the US ? Normally we're the ones getting ripped off blind.

So I take it from the feedback so far that there is no big glaring reason not to use them other than they're not "food grade" ?

 
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:17 PM   #7
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If you don't mind plasticizer in your beer

 
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:26 PM   #8
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I prefer not to

Wil it taint the taste ?
What are effects of plasticizer on the body ?

 
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:53 PM   #9
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I highly doubt the materials they were made out of were designed to be food safe, let alone withstand 200+ degF.

but, if you must.. boil them in water for a few minutes

cool the water

taste..

any plastic'y tastes? even if there isnt, you still may be leeching toxic chemicals out of the plastic

 
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