Plastic pipe that fits and isn't crap

Postby MrBoy » Tue Jan 03, 2017 14:01

I've got various bits of clear tubing and they're all troublesome.

  • My starter brewing kit (home brew shop IIRC) came with two FVs each with taps, and a length of quite wide, heavy tubing to put on the tap. But the tube isn't a snug fit on the tap... it tries to fall off and tends to drip and/or suck air in which is hardly ideal.
  • And all my tubes get super-bendy when in hot water, then set into awkward bends when cold.
  • And trying to dry them after use is virtually impossible, they sit wet for weeks/months which makes me nervous.

Are there better materials out there, and good suppliers who won't charge huge p&p for a small order? Are there standard sizes which will fit my FV or does everyone make different size taps and it's trial and error?
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Re: Plastic pipe that fits and isn't crap

Postby aamcle » Tue Jan 03, 2017 14:22

You could try Silicone, you get it from the bay.


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Re: Plastic pipe that fits and isn't crap

Postby MrBoy » Tue Jan 03, 2017 14:33

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Re: Plastic pipe that fits and isn't crap

Postby f00b4r » Tue Jan 03, 2017 17:19

Platinum cured silicone tubing, it allows you to stretch tight over taps and as it's flexible it is easy to removec afterwards. You will never go back to pvc and can even pressure cook it to kill any lurking nasties. Brew UK, Malt Miller and others sell it. The 3/8 stuff from Brew UK fits on my fv tap but check before you order.
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Re: Plastic pipe that fits and isn't crap

Postby Rolfster » Tue Jan 03, 2017 21:04

+1 for silicon.
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Re: Plastic pipe that fits and isn't crap

Postby PhatFil » Wed Jan 04, 2017 04:02

+3 for silicone, ebay platinum cured tube sold for dairy purposes any size, or check out brewshops, the thicker the wall the more robust the tube is and resistant to kinking, and it wont soften with boil temps.

just dont be tempted to store in starsan as it goes slimey ;( wash n rinse well and hang up to dry/store ;)
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Re: Plastic pipe that fits and isn't crap

Postby lari » Wed Jan 11, 2017 22:43

use it in mash, boil, post fermentation:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321416510950? ... 1436.l2649
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Re: Plastic pipe that fits and isn't crap

Postby vacant » Wed Jan 11, 2017 23:06

To dry tubing, drop a piece of string through then tie on a small cloth and drag the string back. I've done it a few times but the silicone tubes I have generally get flushed with starsan or boiling water.

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