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Old 11-01-2008, 02:39 AM   #1
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How many brews do you use your auto-siphon and hoses before you replace them? I just kegged a batch and noticed that my siphon's inner tube has a little crud on it. I ran sanitizer through it for a while but it didn't get rid of it. I still kegged the batch but...
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:30 PM   #2
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Good question, I have some that have been in service for a few years. My rule of thumb is if soaking in starsan for 15 min doesn't clean it, toss it. Siphon hose is cheap.

 
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Old 11-01-2008, 01:28 PM   #3
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I haven't changed them in years, but I clean them well after each use.
A good soak in oxi-clean followed by a good rinse should get rid of any crud.

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Old 11-01-2008, 01:41 PM   #4
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I clean mine using light gauge jumper wire with pipe cleaner(s) attached to one end after a little soaking in
oxy-clean. I dip the pipe cleaner(s) in a solution of oxy-clean and pull it thur the tubing. It works great!
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Old 11-01-2008, 01:44 PM   #5
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Mine is discolored and it looks like it has some stuff on it inside, but I think that is the cleaner and sanitizer buildup.

After I transfer anything and go to clean out, I mix a gallon or two of cleaner and use the hose to transfer from the bucket to the sink or wherever I need to clean the rest of the stuff. Then after I use the hose to transfer all the cleaner, I use it to transfer the sanitizer. After that I empty the hose and let it dry out.
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Old 11-01-2008, 02:31 PM   #6
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I usually change out all my tubing every 4 or 5 batches. It's cheap and it doesn't make sense to me to try and save $1.50 of tubing and risk ruining a batch of beer.
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:17 PM   #7
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I do the soaking in oxi, running hot water through it to clean the **** out of it. Then on brew day i siphon some starsan water through it and everything is good. It looks messy on the inside, but its clean and good enough for beer to be ran through it.

 
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Old 11-01-2008, 05:19 PM   #8
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I seem to have a little crud on the inside tube of my auto siphon. I can't really get in there. I keep rinsing but it's still there. I've never noticed it before. I've used it on over 30 batches..
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