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thach1aj

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I switched to using silicone tubing for brewing and I loved it except I had problems when the silicone got hot the hose clamps I used ate into the silicone hose causing it to make holes. I am using your common hose clamp and I was wondering if there is something else I should be using to attach the hose to a barb? Does anyone have some ideas? Thanks.


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They make hose clamps that don't have holes in them, only little divots that the screw threads into to tighten them. My buddy who works on cars gave me a bunch when I told him about having the same problem... I'll ask him today at work what they are called... or you could search them out at the hardware store.
 

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I switched to using silicone tubing for brewing and I loved it except I had problems when the silicone got hot the hose clamps I used ate into the silicone hose causing it to make holes. I am using your common hose clamp and I was wondering if there is something else I should be using to attach the hose to a barb? Does anyone have some ideas? Thanks.


Andrew
Google ABA clamps. Their are solutions out there. In a pinch, you can use a bit of bike inner-tube as a liner for your standard hose clamps...and don't overtighten.

Edit: good call on the above suggestion.
 

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How hot? Are the flames (if used) licking up the side of the pot? Got a picture of your system?
 

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I used some sort of metal clamp for awhile. I had trouble with air leaks and somebody told me to try using small zip ties. I use two at each fitting and do not tighten them too mush. Have had zero problems since.
 
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