Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Plastic Tubing
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-23-2008, 04:40 PM   #1
jklotz
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 80
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Plastic Tubing

My local hardware store has plastic tubing that looks identical to the stuff I get from my LHBS. HBS is 45 mins drive (each way) - hardware store is 5. Any reason I shouldn't use tubing for an auto siphon from the hardware store (properly cleaned and sanitized, of course)? I'm sure it is not "food grade" if there is such a thing, but like I said, it looks identical.

Thanks


__________________
Primary - Sweetwater 420 Clone
Secondary 1- "Super Smoove" Nut Brown Ale
Secondary 2 - "Tank Slapper" California Common
Bottled - "Homewrecker" IIPA
Bottled - "Wife Beater" IPA
On Deck - American Amber Brown Ale
jklotz is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2008, 05:06 PM   #2
ScubaSteve
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ScubaSteve's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: New Bern, NC
Posts: 3,692
Liked 75 Times on 52 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

You can use it. Most LHBS's order the same stuff anyway. Just don't run anything hot through it. I don't care what anyone says, that stuff leaves off flavors and harmful chemicals in your finished product.


ScubaSteve is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2008, 06:36 PM   #3
9/9
Collembola!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
9/9's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 419
Liked 8 Times on 8 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ScubaSteve View Post
You can use it. Most LHBS's order the same stuff anyway. Just don't run anything hot through it. I don't care what anyone says, that stuff leaves off flavors and harmful chemicals in your finished product.
So, if the plastic tubes aren't good for hot liquids, what do you suggest someone like myself use to drain my MLT after mashing/sparging?
__________________
Primary: empty
Secondary: AHB Dry Mead (17)
Bottled: EdWort's Apfelwein (15), Vienna - Cascade SMaSH (19)
Drinking:MO-Amarillo SMaSH (14), BierMucher's Black Pearl Porter (13), Munich-NB SMaSH (16), Lemon Summer Blonde (18)
Planning: Belgian Brown (20)
9/9 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2008, 07:15 PM   #4
dwc
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 4
Default

I found beverage grade Tygon tubing which I bought through Amazon, supplied by SmallPart.com. I guess I got the last one in stock, but hopefully they'll restock. Tygon is a little more flexible than vinyl tubing and is rated for 165-deg. F. I haven't used it yet, but Tygon is also supposed to be non-wetting, so it cleans up better. I paid about $12.00 for 10-feet with shipping. So it's about twice as expensive as vinyl but there shouldn't be any issue with off-flavors. See link for description.

Amazon.com: Tygon B-44-3 Beverage Tubing, 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD x 1/16" Wall Thickness 10'L: Industrial & Scientific
dwc is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2008, 07:25 PM   #5
conpewter
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
conpewter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: East Dundee, Illinois
Posts: 5,159
Liked 45 Times on 40 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

Silicone tubing is great for boiling wort and mash water/wort. I got mine at USPlastic.com


SilconŽ Silicone Tubing - US Plastic Corporation
__________________
"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." - V

Primary: Nothin
Secondary: Shady Lord RIS, Water to Barleywine, Pumpkin wine, burnt mead
Kegged: Crappy infected mild
Bottles: Apfelwein, 999 Barleywine, Oatmeal Stout, Robust Porter, Robust smoked porter, Simcoe Smash
conpewter is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2008, 07:30 PM   #6
ScubaSteve
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ScubaSteve's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: New Bern, NC
Posts: 3,692
Liked 75 Times on 52 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

I use silicon tubing too. Expensive, but it'll last for years and can handle some high temps.


ScubaSteve is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Glass Carboy vs Plastic carboy vs Plastic Bucket jackwhite75 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 30 12-22-2010 01:30 PM
plastic tubing clamps android Equipment/Sanitation 3 06-09-2009 07:02 PM
Would plastic tubing clamps prevent a keg from accidently emptying? LT100 Bottling/Kegging 7 09-08-2008 06:06 PM
Plastic tubing dblvsn Equipment/Sanitation 4 03-25-2008 01:52 AM
Plastic tubing: how long does it last? Torchiest Equipment/Sanitation 1 01-04-2007 12:21 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS