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Old 01-23-2013, 06:48 PM   #1
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Default MLT drain hose material?

I've seen many videos where people use regular clear vinyl hose when draining their MLT to their boil kettle... is this safe/does it affect the taste of the beer? Is there another material better suited for the high temps? Thx


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Old 01-23-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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I use high temp silicone tubing


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Old 01-23-2013, 06:52 PM   #3
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I never tried vinyl but from what I gathered it may not be the best option if you are concerned about your health due to leaching of chemicals from the vinyl.

I purchased silicone tubing (3/8" ID, 5/8" OD) for around $2 a foot. While it may be expensive, you only need a few feet.
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Yeah, I'd rather play it safe and go with the silicon. Where did you guys pick it up?
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Most of the big home brew suppliers have it (Austin Homebrew Supply, MoreBeer, Northern Brewer). I just ordered 5-6' along with supplies for next brew. You really only need this stuff for handling the hot liquid. I use regular vinyl for bottling and siphoning the chilled wort.

But yeah, silicone for hot wort. It is temperature rated up to 500F.

Watts clear vinyl tubing says it is temperature rated for up to 175F but that is a little too close for comfort.
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williamsbrewing.com has a good compromise at a good price. Or if you want the best (IMO) go to brewhardware.com

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[...]Watts clear vinyl tubing says it is temperature rated for up to 175F but that is a little too close for comfort.
It's worse: that's the burst rating temperature, and I would expect chemical leaching occurs well below that...

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Some people swear by vinyl tubing... I, however, prefer to only poison myself with alcohol.
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I got my silicone tubing at McMaster Carr when I ordered the rest of my stuff (valves/o-rings/etc)
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Yeah, I'd rather play it safe and go with the silicon. Where did you guys pick it up?
http://brewhardware.com/accessories/118-silicone


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