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Some brewers prefer the narrower 3/16" inch diameter, to minimize foaming by providing more flow restriction in shorter (5' or less) beer lines. 3/16" inner diameter tubing is used in our beer towers, and in all our draft systems. This tubing is 3/16" inner diameter by 7/16" outer diameter. This tubing will fit 1/4" hose barbs if you heat it in hot water before slipping over the fitting.
Note: The reviews below about the tubing being thin where placed when we were selling thinner 3/16" by 5/16" tubing. Thanks to your reviews, this has been corrected and the current tubing is a thicker 3/16" by 7/16". Sold per foot.
This is good tubing and a good deal. I also use BevFlex. BevFlex costs twice as much but stays softer and coils much better in my chest freezers that I serve my beer from. I use cobra taps. If cost matters to most and I think it does, I recommend this. Otherwise, I prefer BevFlex.
This thick walled tubing is better than what's in stock at my local brew supply! At first, seems too thick to fit onto barbed fittings, but after soaking end in hot water, slid right on.
This looks and feels just like BevFlex, but without the silk screening. Average O.D. is 0.44 inches.
A little keg lube, a little heat, and a little pushing/flexing and it will fit on 1/4" barbed fittings.
I bought this tubing to replace the beer line in my kegerator. It's the thin-wall stuff and kinked so I had to toss it and buy the regular thick-wall tubing from someone else. I wrote Williams about this and received a reply that they're looking into the problem but that was several months ago and nothing has changed. Sure, this thin-wall stuff is cheaper, but I'd rather pay more and get the right stuff.
This tubing is the thin walled stuff. Its no differant then the stuff from any local hardware store. Dont buy this for use with your kegging system.