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Old 12-30-2007, 01:54 AM   #1
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OK, here is something that probably should be obvious but I can't seem to do it. How do you keep your tubes clean between brewings? The vinyl tubes I use to transfer from primary to 2ndary I rinse well after but there is always some water left in them and I noticed some mold in them this time. Needless to say I had to replace them. So how do I prevent this in the future?


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Old 12-30-2007, 01:59 AM   #2
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after you rinse hang em up to dry with both ends pointing down over a towel rack or similar


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Old 12-30-2007, 02:43 AM   #3
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I also whip mine around by holding in the middle kinda like a one handed jump rope action. It makes the water mostly fly out so there's not so much that has to drip out or evaporate.
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Old 12-30-2007, 02:58 AM   #4
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I had the same problem with my tubes, but I always rinse them in star san before putting them away, so I never got any mold. Then I started immediately hanging them up so the tubes hang straight down, and they're dry 1/2 hour. Of course, I live in Montana where the humidity is around 26%.
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Old 12-30-2007, 03:11 AM   #5
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You could always store them in a bucket of StarSan. No mold gonna grow in there.
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I pour a little vodka in mine, and move it back and forth until all of the inside of the tube is covered and sanitized. Then hang it up to drain.
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I also whip mine around by holding in the middle kinda like a one handed jump rope action. It makes the water mostly fly out so there's not so much that has to drip out or evaporate.
Nice to see someone else uses the "Indiana Jones" method of hose drying!!!

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I hang mine over hooks also...
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In addition to all that great advice, if you have a keg laying around charged up to 30psi, well, that's enough to blow dry a tube. Three of them actually.
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In addition to all that great advice, if you have a keg laying around charged up to 30psi, well, that's enough to blow dry a tube. Three of them actually.
On that note, if you have an air compressor, it works really well to dry out tubing.


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