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Well as you asked for 'tips', I've used the following to both dislodge stubborn material from the inside of tubes, and to remove excess water which aids drying: It's a stainless steel brake cable from a bicycle, with a peice of towelling skewered on the end. The one I used was just over 2 meters long. I sterilise the whole thing, and just 'drag' it ...


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For cleaning, if you're able to get all the debris out with water and a cleanser then I wouldn't worry about it. I usually give the stubborn stuff a good soak in warm PBW, then flush with hot water. Worst case scenario, I use a bottle brush or dip tube brush. For drying, the two most common methods are hanging and blowing out with an air compressor. ...


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I used to use the clear vinyl tubing also. The pros for this kind of tubing are it's transparent, so you can see the contents clearly it's relatively inexpensive it's food safe at room temperature But there are some significant cons also at typical mash temperatures, the tubing becomes soft, and doesn't support the weight of the wort, so it collapses ...


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You're seeing mineral precipitate left from your hot cleaning solution as it cooled. I soak my kegs in clean, hot water after I've finishing oxycleaning them, and that usually gets rid of the haze. Sometimes it doesn't work -- it really depends on the type of water you're using; I had the same problem just using tap water in an area with high mineral ...


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I mounted an empty, plastic speaker wire spool to the wall in my brewing closet (room under the stairs where I kept all my brewing equipment) to hang all the tubing on. I made sure to mount it high enough on the wall that I didn't have to coil the tubing around the spool. This allowed the tubing to dry well and kept off the ground and out of my way. The ...


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I'd certainly give Baka's suggestion a try for the long term maintenance, but honestly this stuff is too cheap to mess around with long. You can by this kind of tubing at nearly any hardware or home improvement store and it really is cheap. My experience is that once it's badly kinked, it never really is right again. The easiest thing to do is replace it ...


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The link to the tubing you posted says the tubing rating is 250psi, and a barb with a clamp would surely tolerate at least 60psi, but I don't think figuring out the maximum pressure the system can safely handle is the way to go. Instead, ensure that your adjustable valve has a maximum pressure so that it that opens when the pressure goes above a threshold ...


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You can use a smaller diameter tubing in most applications. If you dip the tubing in hot water it will allow it to stretch some more and you can get a tight fit on certain items. Next clamps of some sort for certain applications can help as well. But they create an extra step when you need or want to remove the tuning. (I removed the tubing from my racking ...


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I use 100% Silicon tubing like this stuff from MoreBeer. Its excellent heat range, very flexible at all temps. The walls are pretty thick so it'll withstand some pressure. I use a pump to recirc and transfer from vessel to vessel. Each tubing run isn't all that long so I can still easily soak it in a bucket of cleanser if needed. In fact my racking cane ...


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I often have a kink in my tubing where I hang it over a hook to drip for storage. But when I run some warm PBW (cleaning) solution through it on the next brew day that kink relaxes out. So a soak in very warm water, in side and out should loosen it back up. Then you can coil it nice as it cools and you should be fine. OR just clip one end of it up so it ...


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Run hot water through the tubing and smell the water. If the water smells like hops then you might want to clean the tubing more. I bet you won't really notice any significant contribution of hop aroma or flavor to your next beer. Don't waste your time or worry about it too much. I don't bother excessively cleaning my tubing. Plastic fermentors often ...


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I always keep two 5 gallon buckets on hand when I'm brewing. One filled with PBW and one filled with Sanitizer. Before the hoses come in contact with my cooled wort, they soak in PBW the entire time I'm brewing up the beer. I make these buckets at the very beginning of the brew day. When the time comes to use them, I attach to my autosiphon and run a few ...


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I had the same problem with some of my autosiphon parts. The only thing that seemed to get rid of the smell was a soak in white wine vinegar and then a soak in oxyclean. The parts still had a small "off" aroma, maybe from the combination of everything. My LHBS sells the tubing by the foot so i just ended up replacing the off smelling parts for pretty cheap. ...



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