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auto siphon
« on: January 19, 2014, 08:25:52 PM »
I remembered today how much I hate using an auto siphon. Can anyone recommend alternatives?

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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2014, 08:36:59 PM »
I remembered today how much I hate using an auto siphon. Can anyone recommend alternatives?

I highly recommend "The Force".... Failing that an auto siphon or a racking can is as good as it gets for a glass bottle. otherwise put a whole and spigot on it and just pour it out:)

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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2014, 08:42:52 PM »
There are 5 pages of siphon discussion here:

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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2014, 09:07:29 PM »
I take the bulb off a turkey baster, sanitize, put it in the tubing and inhale. No mess.

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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2014, 09:24:26 PM »
I take the bulb off a turkey baster, sanitize, put it in the tubing and inhale. No mess.

This! It's really the key to brewing great beer. Well, simplest way to rack without putting it in your mouth anyway

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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2014, 09:20:27 AM »
If you don't mind my asking... Why do you hate the auto-siphon?
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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2014, 09:38:22 AM »
I remembered today how much I hate using an auto siphon. Can anyone recommend alternatives?

Yeah..plain old siphoning.  It ain't that tough...
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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 09:40:16 AM »
It should be called Semi-Auto Siphon...I mean you put it in the carboy, it doesn't start up automatically.  ;D
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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2014, 09:53:01 AM »
I've never had an issue with the autosiphon before.  The only times I dislike it is if I happen to biff it and break the siphon with no much beer left in the fermenter... Then it can be alittle hard to get going without stirring up some yeast.  I pretty much use my vacuum pump for all transfers now.. but still occasionally bust out the auto siphon if I'm transfering to something I can't create a vacuum in easily.
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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2014, 11:55:30 AM »
It should be called Semi-Auto Siphon...I mean you put it in the carboy, it doesn't start up automatically.  ;D

Yep, you have to pull the trigger each time you want it to siphon.  With full auto you only have to pull the trigger once and keep it depressed for continuous siphoning.    8)
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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2014, 02:59:37 PM »
My auto siphon starts sputtering with quite a bit of beer left in the fermenter. At about 1.5G I have to start tilting to keep the siphon going. Is that the problem other folks have? My auto siphon starts easy enough and gets the job done but I hate having to tip the fermenter so soon.

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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2014, 04:16:40 PM »
I take the bulb off a turkey baster, sanitize, put it in the tubing and inhale. No mess.

This! It's really the key to brewing great beer. Well, simplest way to rack without putting it in your mouth anyway

I tried this the other day, but I left the bulb on the baster, and used that to start the siphon, worked like a charm.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2014, 04:19:02 PM by dzlater »

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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2014, 04:34:28 PM »
Yes leave bulb on. Squeeze before inserting into beer. Then shaboing. I use a big clip to hold the beer end while I'm starting the siphon, though an assistant brewer would work too
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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2014, 04:51:35 PM »
You guys that have problem with the autosiphon ...  didja graduate from kindergarten? Seriously - put a gear clamp on the hose connected to the tubing.

I NEVER had a problem figuring out how to work my autosiphon. The only problem is they break after about 12-18 months but they are so damn easy to use I just have to scratch my head at those who can't properly use one.

Oh ... uhm, no offense meant. ;)
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Re: auto siphon
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2014, 05:27:23 PM »
I did graduate kindergarten, but got kicked out of the 3rd grade for chewing Copenhagen.

I figured out my autosiphon pretty quickly. I just think it's a gimmick and unnecessary. On racking day all I need is hydrometer sample tube, a chunk of tubing and my turkey baster.