For some, beer hoses are nothing more than just pieces of plastic. However, if you are serious about draft beer brewing and dispensing, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of such seemingly unimportant element as beer line tubing.
Getting the right beer tap hose for your draft beer system is important since it allows your system to run smoothly, avoid any leaks, and ensure the best possible beer quality.
BeverageCraft offers beer brewing hoses of various types, sizes, and lengths to accommodate your particular beer dispensing needs. Feel free to browse our selection by clicking on the items you’re interested in for more details, product images, and prices.
If you are not sure which beer keg hose or beer line accessories are right for your draft beer dispensing system, let BeverageCraft specialists step in and help you make the right choice. Contact our team via live chat, email or phone - we’ll be there in an instant to provide you with professional consult and assistance.
What Is a Beer Hose?
In a typical draft beer setup, a beer hose is used for the beer line that runs from the keg to the beer tower and connects, on one end, to the keg coupler and, on the other end, to the beer shank and into the tower.
Beer hose pipe is essentially a plastic tube typically made of food-grade PVC (however, other materials can also be used). It runs for no less than five feet in length for most beer dispensing setups - variations in length are possible depending on the particular system.
The end fitting on a beer line consists of barbed tailpieces inside of the line tightened with hose clamps and secured to the coupler and shank by a hex nut and beer line washer.
Beer Hose Size and Length
The three basic types of beer hoses are:
- 3/16 inch beer line - the most common type
- 5/16 inch beer line - can be often found in commercial systems
- 1/4 inch beer line - most commonly found in homebrew systems
✓ 3/16 inch beer line
This type of line is somewhat narrow and needs to be the right length - from 5-6 feet for most beers or 7 feet for beers like Coors Light.
The reason for that is that the beer needs to be kept under restriction because this way the CO2 is forced to stay in the solution and you don’t get any foam.
We recommend getting a clear beer hose instead of a colored one - this will help you to see if it needs to be changed due to the presence of sediment or if there’s any foam buildup.
✓ 5/16 inch beer line
This type of beer lines is used exclusively with CO2 - it’s the same line that hooks up to the bottom of a CO2 regulator and also the one that goes to the side of the keg coupler.
5/16 inch beer lines can be any length that you want as long as it’s long enough for you to change your CO2 tank but not too long because it may start to kink.
✓ 1/4 inch beer line
The reason this type of beer lines can be mostly found in homebrew systems is that if you attach a Corny keg fitting with a standard barb, it will fit perfectly.
You can use ¼ beer hose for both home-brewed beer and your homebrew CO2 line.
Beer Hose For Sale From BeverageCraft
Beer hoses and tubing come in a number of varieties, all of which you can easily get from BeverageCraft.com. Here are the main types we offer:
✓ Depending on the inside diameter
- 3/8 inch inside diameter beer hose
- 5/16 inch inside diameter beer hose
- 1/4 inch diameter beer hose
- 3/16 inch inside diameter beer hose
✓ Depending on the material
- Clear PVC tubing
- Clear braided tubing
- Translucent poly tubing
- Clear barrier tubing
All of our beer hoses are available by the foot and made of food-grade, approved by FDA and USDA industry-standard materials safe for both home and commercial use.