Beverage hoses

Beverage hose is a hose that is used in the food industry for transporting different liquids, as well as substances with different concentrations of ethanol. The exact food contact approvals depend on the individual product versions. You can mainly choose between rubber hoses (with an inner layer of white rubber compounds) and plastic hoses (usually PVC, polyethylene and other high-purity polymers). 

Remember that beverage hoses are not always suitable for all such substances. Certain ones allow the transport of liquids with an ethanol concentration of up to 10%, others up to 20%, and still others up to 50% or more. Therefore, use the chosen hoses according to the relevant certificates and the manufacturer's recommended purpose. This will ensure that the medium does not become contaminated and that consumers are safe.

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SILICON HOSE FOR DRINKING WATER FOOD LIQUIDS UBA CERTIFICATE SILCO AQUA D KTW INPART24

SILICON HOSE SILCO AQUA D KTW - Inpart

Working Pressure [bar]

10-20

Burst Pressure [bar]

30-60

Inner Wall

Silicon

Conductivity

No

Discharge Hose | Reinforcement: Strong textile reinforcement | Inner Wall: Silicone | Outer Wall: Silicone | Working Pressure: 10-20 BAR | Temperature Range: -60°C to +200°C

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from 164.31zł
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RUBBER HOSE FOR MILK ALKOHOL DRINKING WATER TRANSPORTATION MILKER BR 10 SD INPART24

MILKER-BR 10 SD HOSE

Working Pressure [bar]

10

Burst Pressure [bar]

30

Conductivity

No

Inner Wall

Butyl/IIR

Suction and discharge hose | Reinforcement: strong textile reinforcement, steel spiral | Inner wall: Butyl/IIR | Outer wall: Butyl | Working pressure: 10 BAR | Temperature range: -40 to +120 °C

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from 161.75zł
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Pharmaceutical hose with a stainless steel spiral. Hose is dedicated to transport food, drinking water, alcohol. Pharma Press TPE SD INPART24

PHARMA PRESS TPE SD HOSE

Working Pressure [bar]

10-13

Burst Pressure [bar]

30-39

Conductivity

No

Food

Yes

Suction and discharge hose | Reinforcement: textile reinforcement, stainless steel spiral | Inner wall: TPE-S | Outer wall: TPE-S | Working pressure: 10-13 BAR | Temperature range: -30 to +100 °C

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from 192.26zł
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Smooth White Teflon PTFE FDA Tubing Hose INPART24

SMOOTH TEFLON PTFE FDA TUBING HOSE

Working Pressure [bar]

10-45

Construction

smooth PTFE

Conductivity

No

Discharge Hose | Construction: smooth, calibrated | Inner Wall: PTFE | Outer Wall: PTFE | Working Pressure: 10-45 BAR | Temperature Range: -190°C to +260°C

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from 17.12zł
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Beverage hoses - Beer & Wine Tubes

How is a beverage hose constructed?

In the most common variety, beverage hose is constructed of three layers:

  • inner - it is hygienic, inert, and free of toxic additives that could leach into food;
  • reinforcement - comes in the form of a textile or synthetic braid and increases the hose's resistance to working pressure; 
  • outer - provides resistance to environmental conditions in the workplace and mechanical strength.

In addition to the above, there are two other types of hose. The first is very simple in terms of design, as it is distinguished by its single-layer construction without reinforcement (this type of hose is usually made of transparent PVC).

In contrast, the second has a spiral reinforcement instead of (or in addition to) a braid. It is a suction and delivery hose, which is suitable for both pressurised (pumping of the medium) and vacuum (suction of the medium) operation.

From what materials are beverage alcohol hoses constructed?

In terms of the manufacturing material of the beverage hose, you have the following to choose from:

  • PVC (polyvinyl chloride) - a flexible, strong, lightweight, and low-cost material with good chemical resistance and a moderately large operating temperature range; 
  • PE (polyethylene) - another flexible, highly chemically resistant, and relatively inexpensive plastic with a moderately large operating temperature range;
  • IIR (butyl rubber) - a material that is flexible and resistant to many chemicals and ageing, which also has low permeability and is a good insulator, enabling it to work in a wider temperature range than plastics.

Although the above materials for beverage hoses are the most popular, you will also find other options on the market. In addition, there are food grade beverage hoses with an inner layer suitable for food transport (e.g. butyl rubber) and an outer layer with more robust properties (e.g. EPDM rubber).

Therefore, choosing the right hose depends on individual preferences and needs.

How to choose the right beverage hose?

To choose the right beverage hose, consider a few key factors.

The first is the type of medium you will be transferring. This is important because not every hose is suitable for transporting all types of alcohol. A wrong choice in this respect can cause the material to react with the medium being transported, leading to contamination.

Therefore, a hose for concentrated alcohol (e.g. spirits) should be resistant to the high ethanol concentration of the liquid in question.

This is particularly important for plastic hoses, which, according to European Regulation 10/2011/EU, are approved for specific foods based on resistance to model liquids. The division is as follows:

  • less than 6% alcohol (model liquids B and C);
  • between 6% and 20% alcohol (simulant C); 
  • above 20% alcohol (simulant D1); 
  • ethyl alcohol (simulants B and D2).

Therefore, a plastic beer or wine hose is not necessarily suitable for transporting vodka or other strong spirits. However, on the other hand, hoses for concentrated spirits will also cope with liquids with a lower ethanol concentration.

But know that this division does not apply to rubber hoses or silicone hoses. Therefore, when you choose a product made of these materials, be guided by the application specified by the manufacturer and the individual certificates.

What are the other aspects of bevarage hoses?

Once you have determined which hoses you will need (e.g. beer & wine tubes), pay attention to a few other important points as well. We mean:

  • operating temperature range and pressure - match these parameters to the needs of the installation, as some hoses are designed for higher pressures and temperatures; 
  • characteristics of the application - this is as much about the particular installation as it is about the environmental conditions to which the hose should be able to withstand (some hoses are designed for specific applications, such as distilleries).

FAQ

What is the maximum alcohol concentration the beverage hose will withstand?

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The right beverage hose will even withstand 96% alcohol, i.e. pure spirit. However, before you decide on a purchase, carefully check the intended use of the product. Some varieties of hose are not suitable for transporting strong spirits and should not be used for this purpose.

Are beverage hoses suitable for transporting other food substances?

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Yes, beverage hoses meet the appropriate standards to also transport other food substances and even pharmaceutical or chemical substances. However, the authorisation for use in specific industries largely depends on the hose's material.

What is the difference between a reinforced and non-reinforced beverage hose?

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Reinforced beverage hose has an extra layer in the form of a synthetic or textile braid, or reinforcement in the form of a spiral. This makes it more robust and suitable for installations that operate under high pressure.