Model: Silicone - $2.39 /ft + Discounts for longer lengths
NEW: Extruded in the USA.
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 inside diameter is 1/2" and the wall thickness is 1/8" for a total OD of 3/4".
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, it remains flexible enough to fit over 1/2, 5/8, or even 3/4" hose barbs (or over 1/2" NPT threads). 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.
BY THE FOOT $2.39 per foot:
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.
We also have this tubing in 100' and 250' bulk packs but we can't offer it with shipping price included anymore. USPS discontinued their Parcel Post via Online postage option. If you'd like to discuss this, contact us. Figure $1.85 a foot on these plus actual shipping charge.
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?