Beer is a fermented alcoholic beverage made from malted grain, hops, yeast and water. It is most commonly consumed in the form of lagers, ales, stouts and porters. Common industries that use beer include brewing, distilling, bar and restaurant, hospitality and retail.
When rubber is exposed to beer, the most common type of failure is swelling and softening. This is due to the alcohol content in beer which can cause rubber to become more pliable and expand. Additionally, beer can also cause rubber to become brittle and break down over time. To prevent these types of failures, it is important to use rubber that is designed for food and beverage contact, such as silicone or polyurethane.
Viton ® o-rings from Marco Rubber offer excellent compatibility with a range of chemicals, oils and resist high temperatures up to 400F. Viton ® is also known as FKM made of fluoroelastomer one of the most versatile and widely used sealing materials.
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