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Heavy Wall Silicone Tubing

Model: Silicone -tnsilicone New lower price $2.25 a foot for 1/2" ID

NEW: Extruded in the USA. Clearest silicone tubing we've seen to date!

BrewHardware.com recommends silicone tubing for all your fluid transfer needs. This extremely flexible tubing is FDA rated for food contact up to 400F and doesn't melt until 500F. The top seller is our 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD tubing which is 1/8" wall thickness. No kinking, no collapsing! NEW! We now stock 3/8" ID x 5/8" OD tubing as well.

Why not use the clear reinforced PVC from Lowes? Go ahead and hack off a 2" piece and steep it in some boiling water. Let the water cool and give it a taste.

When doing price comparisons, be sure to look at 1/8" wall thickness tubing as it is much less prone to kinking when full of liquid. Our new supply comes from a local extruder who uses DOW raw silicone. This formula is dairy-grade FDA tubing which is almost clear and more firm than most tubing sold to homebrewers. However, the 1/2" ID size remains flexible enough to fit over 1/2, 5/8, or even 3/4" hose barbs. How clear is our new stock of tubing compared to the competition?

Brewhardware's stock is shown on the left and the piece on the right represents the typical silicone tubing imported from China. If you can read through 1/4" of tubing, you know that you'll be able to see air in the line as well as an idea of wort clarity when vorlaufing, etc. This image is not doctored or photoshopped in any way. If you can find this level of quality somewhere else for less, let us know and we'll beat it. We know for sure that other competitors are undercutting our prices on silicone tubing but we'll take the Pepsi challenge on clarity and quality any day.

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When you add this item to the cart, it will default to a quantity of one meaning you will pay for one foot of tubing. Please change the quantity to order longer lengths. A quantity of 25 will get you a continuous length of 25 feet of tubing.

 

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 If you're looking to keep a bunch of this tubing on hand or maybe split a box up with a brew club, we can set you up with a 250 foot bulk box of the 1/2" ID for $440 plus shipping. That's only $1.76 per foot. We can also provide marginal discounts starting at lengths of 50 feet, please contact us for more info.

  

Note: this tubing is not rated for high pressures. Do not restrict the output when fed by city water pressure or a pump. All silicone (or at least most) of similar dimensions and duro hardness is rated to approximately 10 psi working pressure. As far as tubing goes, that's not a lot. Several customers have pointed out that they have used this tubing between a pump and a restriction point such as a vessel-mounted valve with no problem at all. That's fine and likely true because most homebrew pumps such as March 809/815 and Chuggers can only generate about 7 or 8 PSI or 17 ft of head pressure which is obviously below the typical silicone rating. Please be careful and practical here though. Be sure to use hose clamps on all barbs and beware of tubing clamped over non-barbed tubing. Also, if you're using a pump more powerful than 1/20th HP, all bets are off. Realistically, the most safe way to use this kind of tubing is to put your flow control ball valve directly on pump output. It's not the ONLY way to be safe but it is the best way and the only one we can officially endorse. Kapeesh?

Do you want to read the material safety MSDS or FDA certification documents on this tubing?

 

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+1 # Darin 2012-02-22 19:29
fixed length of 7ft works out to 2.85 a foot.
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0 # Bobby 2012-02-23 02:56
Correct, but it includes shipping. It's cheaper if all you're getting is the silicone.
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0 # Shannon 2012-10-05 21:24
If I'm using ball valves on the outflow of my pumps to slow/limit the flow of liquid, can I use this tubing? Obviously, using the tubing downstream (after the ball valve) would not be a problem. But is it a problem to use this tubing upstream? Because the tubing is not rated for high pressures.
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0 # Bobby 2012-10-05 22:13
Quoting Shannon:
If I'm using ball valves on the outflow of my pumps to slow/limit the flow of liquid, can I use this tubing? Obviously, using the tubing downstream (after the ball valve) would not be a problem. But is it a problem to use this tubing upstream? Because the tubing is not rated for high pressures.


As long as there is no silicone between the output of the pump and the ball valve used to throttle you are fine. Put the ball valve directly on the pump output with no silicone in between.
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0 # Luke 2013-02-26 17:03
Are you sure you can't have silicone between the output of the pump and the ball valve? That would be odd, especially given that your tubing appears to be of good quality. The silicone tubing that I currently use in my setup (from a different source) has no issues, and I have 3 different silicone lengths of about 4 ft that all have ball valves at the return to the kettle (the other end of the 4 ft length of tubing). No problems whatsoever. I use Chugger Pumps.
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0 # Bobby 2013-02-27 22:08
Quoting Luke:
Are you sure you can't have silicone between the output of the pump and the ball valve? That would be odd, especially given that your tubing appears to be of good quality. The silicone tubing that I currently use in my setup (from a different source) has no issues, and I have 3 different silicone lengths of about 4 ft that all have ball valves at the return to the kettle (the other end of the 4 ft length of tubing). No problems whatsoever. I use Chugger Pumps.


We can't recommend developing pressure in silicone tubing at all even if you can. Aside from having higher clarity than most, our tubing has a working pressure limit of about 10psi. While this is above what a March 809/815 and Chugger pumps develop, it is much safer to put restriction ball valves directly on the pump output. We are aware that brewers will buy more powerful pumps than what we sell. Blowing a hose filled with boiling wort off of a barb is no joke. Please be careful and at minimum, use hose clamps.
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0 # andrewt248 2012-10-22 20:59
Just got some of this tubing. It is extremely clear and very rugged. Buy it! Thanks Bobby!
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0 # Kevin 2012-10-31 13:37
Haven't brewed with it yet, but the tubing is defintiely high quality and has a good feel to it. I can tell it will work well with pumping around hot wort / water, and I can be comfortable using it knowing that it's food-safe.
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0 # Al Freeberg 2013-02-27 21:44
Do I understand correctly that I cannot use your silicone tubing if subjected to March pump out put pressures? We're talking less than 8 psi max.

Al
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0 # Bobby 2013-02-27 22:09
Quoting Al Freeberg:
Do I understand correctly that I cannot use your silicone tubing if subjected to March pump out put pressures? We're talking less than 8 psi max.

Al


We can't recommend developing pressure in silicone tubing at all even if you can. Aside from having higher clarity than most, our tubing has a working pressure limit of about 10psi. While this is above what a March 809/815 and Chugger pumps develop, it is much safer to put restriction ball valves directly on the pump output. We are aware that brewers will buy more powerful pumps than what we sell. Blowing a hose filled with boiling wort off of a barb is no joke. Please be careful and at minimum, use hose clamps.
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+2 # Jan Riis Soerensen 2013-03-22 11:20
This tubing is excellent and no where to be found in Denmark. Bobby's shop is my single point of shopping fittings outside of Denmark.
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0 # Billy 2014-01-07 19:57
Can this tubing be used as a sight glass?
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0 # Bobby 2014-01-07 20:13
Quoting Billy:
Can this tubing be used as a sight glass?


I suppose you could as long as it's stretched between two ports. It wouldn't be able to stand up on it's own because it's very soft.
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