I was hoping an actual person could offer me some advice. I work in a craft distillery and I'm getting a lot of mixed information on how compatible PVC is with high-proof alcohol. It definitely seems that "Food-Grade" doesn't necessarily mean "Alcohol-Grade". A. Is PVC hose safe to use for transferring Grain, Water, and most importantly, Ethanol? B. If not, is there a type of material you would recommend for any and all distillery applications?

  • $\begingroup$ Glass pipes may be best, but it's not like you'd die from vodka transferred using PVC hose. Unless you used it too much ;) $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Sep 11 '17 at 17:21
  • $\begingroup$ Subjectively, I don't think PVC is that bad, unless the hose is transferring boiling hot beverages or is constantly under sunlight. If you want a bullet-proof solution that can withstand solvents, oils and majority of other chemicals, maybe have a look at cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE). $\endgroup$ – andselisk Sep 12 '17 at 0:57

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