Brewery Piping & Fittings
Over the last several years, microbreweries have been exploding in popularity. The art and science of brewing captivate people everywhere. Many even brew at home with improvised equipment and are able to brew unique and delicious beverages to share with their family and friends. Whether you are part of a large operation or just homebrewing, you want to create your product at the highest quality and the lowest cost. That’s where PVC pipe and fittings come in. With a little bit of research, you will see that most of your brewery piping can be done with PVC.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe is an inexpensive and versatile material that has an endless number of uses, including beer line fittings. In brewing, it is often used in the chilling process because of its low heat tolerance of 140 degrees. While regular PVC does not do well with high temperature, CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) does. It has a slightly different chemical makeup that makes it resistant to temperatures up to 200 degrees. This means that CPVC pipe and fittings can be used in many different applications, not just chilling. For more information about the difference between PVC and CPVC, click here
Another noteworthy fact about regular PVC pipe is that, due to its light weight and relatively thin walls, it does not handle high-pressure applications as well as some of its competitors. But don’t fret! While standard, schedule 40 PVC has thin walls, schedule 80 PVC does not. Schedule 80 PVC, which is usually black or dark gray, has about 50% higher pressure ratings than schedule 40, depending on size. This means it can be used for more demanding applications. CPVC can also be purchased in schedule 80! Schedule 80 CPVC is super strong and withstands high temperatures! That makes it perfect for brew fittings and home brew fittings.
PVC Pipe for Brewing
Each application has a specific type of pipe that works best for it, so before purchasing any, make sure you’ve done all the necessary research. The good news is that PVC pipe is inexpensive! Choosing PVC or CPVC instead of stainless steel or galvanized pipe will save you a fortune. Even if it ends up requiring a little more maintenance than metal pipe, PVC will keep your costs low and your production high. CPVC pipe can even be purchased in CTS (copper tube size) to be easily compatible with metal pipes in your system. Also, flexible PVC pipe is available for when you are working in a tight space.
PVC Fittings for Brewing
From elbows to couplings, we supply any PVC or CPVC fitting you can imagine and then some. Just like the pipes above, our fittings are available in a wide range of configurations and sizes, which means you will be able to find the exact brew fittings you are looking for. Below are several different categories of fittings.
PVC and Metal Valves for Brewing
Valves are essential for moving and controlling flow of liquid between tanks and different stages of the brewing process. We supply PVC, CPVC and metal ball valves which are commonly found in breweries across America. Stainless steel ball valves are often seen in breweries because they are great for high pressures, temperatures, and open/close functions. Metal valves like this usually have NPT threaded ends that connect to surrounding pipe.