Comparing PVC and Silicone for Brewing
There’s a lot of discussion when it comes to the different tubing and hose materials used in the brewing process and whether it’s better to opt for PVC or silicone – the two most popular materials – for your application. PVC is often selected for its glass-like clarity, ease of use and relatively low price. However, it does have its drawbacks since PVC can potentially cause off flavors in your beer. PVC also has a comparatively low maximum temperature and should only be used on the cold side of brewing. Silicone is great for transferring hot wort and is odorless and tasteless, but it can sometimes be overlooked due to price and its translucency rather than the transparent appearance of PVC.
Despite what may be considered a disadvantage, each material still has its place in the brewing process. PVC options are ideal for drain, discharge and other non-critical fluid path transfer. While silicone options can be more expensive, they are sterilizable and can be reused, and their advantages often outweigh any disadvantages.
Below is a brief comparison of some of the main advantages and drawbacks to each material. Speak with someone from our team if you need any help selecting the best tubing or hose for your brewing application.
Pros and Cons of PVC and Silicone for Brewing
For a full, at-a-glance comparison chart of tubing and hose features, visit our Tubing and Hose Selector Chart blog post here.