Applications in the Food and Beverage Industry
The most popular example of the use of alcohol is certainly in the beverage industry (ethyl alcohol). In this case, the alcohol may be present at high concentrations (at the beginning of the production process), or in medium / low concentrations in the case of final product (distillate, wine, beer etc.). The two applications may require different hoses.
Alcohol in High Concentrations
In the first case, MTG suggests a hose for chemical products. In fact, highly concentrated alcohol is easily flammable, so for this application an antistatic hose is recommended, such as our product MANICHEM UPE MARBLE or MANIPHARM UPE.
Both hoses are produced with a UPE inner liner also suitable for contact with beverage and foodstuffs. The chemical resistance and the degree of impermeability of this thermoplastic material are normally higher than rubber compounds. The result is a greater ability to resist the extractive action of alcohol, offering the possibility of preserving the purity of the latter and the organoleptic properties of the alcoholic beverage at the end of the production process.
Alcohol in Medium / Low Concentrations
In the second case, since the alcoholic beverage is the result of a production processing and therefore it is suitable for human consumption, MTG suggests a food grade hose. The proposed solution varies according to the type of drink and the alcohol content: here are some examples.
LIQUORFLEX and FLEXYFOOD hoses are both used for the transfer of distillates. The second is produced with a helix wire resistant to accidental crushing. The BREWART hose line is used in breweries, while the hoses DRINKS and SLIDEFLEX find application for transfer of wine and other beverages with medium-low alcohol content.