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Old 04-01-2008, 04:22 AM   #1
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Default High-temp tubing for wort chiller

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I purchased a 25' wort chiller a few months ago, and after a couple AG brews I realize that the ends are a couple inches too short, being completely submerged in the wort. Not a problem until you factor in the tubing connected, which is not rated for high temps, and will melt/deteriorate/make my brew taste funky, forcing me to try to hold up the chiller in the wort for the duration of the chilling.

Is there an inexpensive tubing that can hold up to being sanitized in the boil? I found some nylon tubing at McMaster-Carr, but it's over $5 per foot.

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Old 04-01-2008, 04:32 AM   #2
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Look for food-grade silicone rubber tubing. I picked up 25' of it at McMaster Carr for less than a buck a foot. A lot of the big online homebrew stores sell it too.


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I'd recommend TPR (thermoplastic rubber) www.NorthernBrewer.com has it
#7137 @ $1.20/ft. 3/8" ID and #7128 @ $1.40 1/2" ID rated to 275*F.
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:48 AM   #4
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Not trying to be a smart-a**, but can't you stretch out your chiller enough to bring it up yo an acceptable height?
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You can also buy silicone tubing by the foot from many of the online homebrew retailers, like northern brewer, austin homebrew, morebeer, etc.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:10 PM   #6
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How about sweating on a little more copper tubing?
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:10 PM   #7
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I bought silicone tubing from this site

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/pro...ant%5Fid=54032

and it works great
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Thanks for all the replies.

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Originally Posted by sigmund
Not trying to be a smart-a**, but can't you stretch out your chiller enough to bring it up yo an acceptable height?
Not without having to bend the bottom of the chiller to make that stem longer. It's kinda short.

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How about sweating on a little more copper tubing?
Onions, carrots, and celery I can sweat...copper....um...

I think I found something that will work. McMaster-Carr has Santoprene, rated up to 275, and is FDA-rated. And it's only 61 per foot.
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What's the McMaster part# for the Santoprene thats only 0.61 cents a foot?
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Part number is: 51245K32

It's 5/16" I.D., 7/16" O.D.


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