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Old 06-16-2008, 12:22 PM   #1
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I always have a hard time getting the insides of my racking, bottling etc tubes dry. Would love to hear others' techniques for this.
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:58 PM   #2
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I use the windmill method.

Firmly grip tube so that neither end touches ground.

Make sure that you have around 6 feet of clear area around you. Swinging a cat by the tail works to make sure you won't hit anything important with the hose. If cat abruptly stops while checking area, move offending item and retest with cat.

Twirl tubing around in a circle, clockwise or anti-clockwise, until it makes a nifty whistling sound. Stop and check tubing for fluid. If present, re-apply twirling until dry.

More advanced users of technique use "cowboy" method, which is the same as "windmill" method, but the tubing is twirled over your head. Care must be taken not to hit your Significant Other in the face with tubing, as that can ruin your whole brew day.

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Old 06-16-2008, 01:05 PM   #3
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I use the windmill method.

Firmly grip tube so that neither end touches ground.

Make sure that you have around 6 feet of clear area around you. Swinging a cat by the tail works to make sure you won't hit anything important with the hose. If cat abruptly stops while checking area, move offending item and retest with cat.

Twirl tubing around in a circle, clockwise or anti-clockwise, until it makes a nifty whistling sound. Stop and check tubing for fluid. If present, re-apply twirling until dry.

More advanced users of technique use "cowboy" method, which is the same as "windmill" method, but the tubing is twirled over your head. Care must be taken not to hit your Significant Other in the face with tubing, as that can ruin your whole brew day.

Sorry, honey. It won't happen again....
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:27 PM   #4
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I blow compressed air through mine.
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:37 PM   #5
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I'm a windmiller, myself. That works just fine.


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I do the cowboy method when I think about it, usually I just hang the hoses up and let them drip dry (but maybe silicone dries easier than the vinyl tube).
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I blow compressed air through mine.
The air from the tank may have nasties in the condensation or worse, oils. I wouldn't do that.

I just leave mine hanging upside down and they drip dry.
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Twirl tubing around in a circle, clockwise or anti-clockwise, until it makes a nifty whistling sound. Stop and check tubing for fluid. If present, re-apply twirling until dry.
hmmm anti-clockwise. I'm curious, when anti-clockwise and clockwise come together does time stop? or maybe just a big explosion
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I ditched all my vinyl tubing in favor the silicone tubing. It has very little memory and hangs and dries without effort. It remains pliable so I can put it on a spigot or racking cane and it seals much better than stiff vinyl tubing. It also coils easier to put in a bucket of sanitizing solution.

While it is pricey at 2 bucks a foot, it sure makes life easier when racking to kegs!

Austin Homebrew sells it here. http://www.austinhomebrew.com/index....ath=178_59_549
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