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Old 11-17-2007, 12:19 PM   #1
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Default Tube/Hose Diameter?

Does it really matter?

I have a 3/8" OD racking cane, do I have to use it with a 3/8" OD hose?

Could the 1/2" OD hose I used, coupled with 3/8" racking cane, contribute to the oxidation of my beer during transfer to secondary (and/or bottling bucket)?

Sorry if this sounds stupid, it just occured to me and I want to eliminate the issue before the next transfer!


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Old 11-17-2007, 12:26 PM   #2
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It could contribute to oxidation if you start sucking air bubbles in a loose connection. I have found that if its a bit of a struggle to get cold tubing on the cane, it should be the right size. Just give the tubing a minute in hot water to make the connection easier.


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so is the "right size" the same OD as the cane? you just get it in some hot water to get it properly on the cane (or bottling wand, for that matter)?
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There is no 'right size' based on O.D. because it will depend on the I.D. of the tubing, which varies. Just use what fits tight.
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thanks. think i will try and do this with the same diameter tube, it will definitely create a tighter fit.
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The 'standard' siphon tubing is 5/16" ID x 7/16" OD

If there are air bubbles leaking into the tubing where it connects to the racking cane, then something's not right. But chances are if you were using 1/2" OD tubing already, that's smaller than the norm and should definitely not be your problem.



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