From the HBD Archive
From: Bruce Mueller <>
Subject: HDPE and beer
Date: 1992-02-26 18:43:06 GMT

Al asks about using polyethylene for long-term storage of beer. Beyond
what Cole-Parmer says, I use some of their HDPE tubing for dispensing from
my keg. It imparts no flavor to the beer, and it doesn't discolor like
the Tygon (vinyl) junk commonly available at HB suppliers.

A caveat: polyethylene is notoriously permeable to oxygen, so this might be
a concern. It wouldn't worry me, because the Brits have those polypins (sp?)
which are made of PE. Knowing Cole-Parmer's quality, I expect that you can
use the PE container without fear. Most all PE these days is food-grade,
especially labware.

Bruce Mueller
Development Engineer Chemist & Brewer

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