Cleaning plastic tubing? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Cleaning plastic tubing?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-12-2012, 01:34 AM   #1
benzy4010
Recipes 
 
Oct 2011
Posts: 1,136
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts



What's the best way to clean your tubes. I noticed one of my tubes developed some mold I believe. What's the best way to clean tubes?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 01:44 AM   #2
CarnellSitka
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Metro Vanncouver, British Columbia
Posts: 50


after using them i run warm water through them, then when i am sanitizing i siphon some of the sanitizing stuff and water through them and let them sit with it inside the tube just the same as the carboy. after flushing the tubes of the sanitation solution i run water through them again.

Not sure if this is correct but this is how i do it.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 01:59 AM   #3
YeastHerder
Recipes 
 
Mar 2012
San Dimas, CA
Posts: 145
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


Before use, I flush with water to get any dust out that may have settled, and then sanitize with starsan before putting beer through them.

After use, I flush with hot water and then run starsan through as a final rinse. I let them drip drain for a bit before storage so there isn't standing water in the lines.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 02:05 AM   #4
bioguy
Recipes 
 
Mar 2005
Posts: 172
Liked 23 Times on 17 Posts


If there is mold, I'd just replace the tubing. Tubing is cheap.

Keep your stuff clean - rinse immediately after use with warm water to flush any sugar. I store mine with iodophor in it, then run some water and more iodophor through before use. I know that's overkill, but I'd rather do overkill than underkill.

2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 02:06 AM   #5
Pilgarlic
 
Pilgarlic's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2010
Tampa Bay, Florida
Posts: 1,330
Liked 138 Times on 109 Posts


I don't reuse tubing anymore. Not worth it. It's cheap.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 02:07 AM   #6
ssult1
Recipes 
 
Nov 2012
Kentwood, Michigan
Posts: 33
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


If you believe there is mold in one of your hoses throw it out! Syphon tubing is too cheap to risk it. I flush my hoses with hot water after use and sanitize before use.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 02:12 AM   #7
Unibrow
Recipes 
 
Jun 2011
Cleveland, OH
Posts: 446
Liked 10 Times on 8 Posts


I've seen mold in my tubing 1 time. I easily got it out with warm water and then ran oxi clean through it for 24 hours. After I rinsed the oxi out, I hit it with star San and it was good as new
__________________
I'm trying to catalog every brew online so I don't have to keep notes all over the house. Check it out on my blog site below:

http://brewzak.wordpress.com/

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 02:40 AM   #8
Pilgarlic
 
Pilgarlic's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2010
Tampa Bay, Florida
Posts: 1,330
Liked 138 Times on 109 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Unibrow View Post
I've seen mold in my tubing 1 time. I easily got it out with warm water and then ran oxi clean through it for 24 hours. After I rinsed the oxi out, I hit it with star San and it was good as new
All for two bucks? I admire your patience. I buy it by the spool and cut off what I need when I need it.

Johnnyhitch1 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 02:56 AM   #9
ArcticBear
 
ArcticBear's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2011
Branford, CT
Posts: 649
Liked 46 Times on 38 Posts


Not worth risking a 5 gallon batch, especially after all the work of brew day, ruined over $4 of tubing...

If its expensive high temp tubing, boil it.

If its not, chuck it and replace it

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2012, 03:05 AM   #10
Unibrow
Recipes 
 
Jun 2011
Cleveland, OH
Posts: 446
Liked 10 Times on 8 Posts


Well I may just pick up a spool then...I ain't never bought a spool of anything before in my life
__________________
I'm trying to catalog every brew online so I don't have to keep notes all over the house. Check it out on my blog site below:

http://brewzak.wordpress.com/

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cleaning tubing? MrVagabond Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 03-12-2012 08:24 PM
plastic tubing paledragon Brew Stands 0 11-09-2009 08:08 PM
Plastic Tubing jklotz Equipment/Sanitation 5 11-23-2008 07:30 PM
Plastic tubing dblvsn Equipment/Sanitation 4 03-25-2008 01:52 AM
Cleaning Tubing Alamo_Beer Equipment/Sanitation 12 01-26-2007 03:59 AM


Forum Jump