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Old 11-13-2008, 03:00 PM   #1
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It seems to me that I got a long fine before I learned about the auto-siphon.

I broke my auto-siphon when cleaning it. The little plastic piece (I guess you may call it a valve) popped out. I had used it 4 times I think.

Now I just fill a cane and hose with water and clamp it. Place the cane (with one of those black tips) in the beer and let the clamp go. This has only changed slightly since I have started brewing. We used to just use hose.

I guess i use one of those red clips to hold the racking cane in place.

Aside from the desire to own as many gadgets as possible, which I share, why use an auto-siphon?

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Old 11-13-2008, 03:04 PM   #2
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Because it takes 2 seconds to start a siphon instead of filling with water, clamping etc.

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Old 11-13-2008, 03:09 PM   #3
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Because they are simple to use. I do think that the quality of the autosiphon could definately be improved. My first one developed cracks on the side and I'm pretty damn careful with it. I'd like to see a heavier plastic or stainless version.

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Old 11-13-2008, 03:12 PM   #4
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Because there's no need to mess with water, not needing to suck the end to start a siphon, it's quick to get a siphon going, and it is easy to sanitize and clean...yadda yadda yadda...

I mean, 2 pumps and a siphon is started... why wouldn't you use one, especially for 10 bucks?

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Old 11-13-2008, 03:13 PM   #5
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I too have trouble with the autosiphon. I have broken 2 of them. My brother has broken one, and my BIL has broken one. Carboy cap method is vastly superior in my opinion. That technique has no bubble problems, no gaskets to wear out, and no cheap plastic (if you use a SS cane). It just all-round better IMHO.

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Old 11-13-2008, 03:23 PM   #6
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my auto siphon works like a charm

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Old 11-13-2008, 03:25 PM   #7
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Two years and my auto siphon has done nothing but work perfectly. Now a buddy of mine in that same amount of time has gone through 2 of them. Treat it right and it'll treat you right I guess.

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Old 11-13-2008, 03:29 PM   #8
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my auto siphon got a bit warped from heat but it still is still straight enough to hold siphon and not obstruct movement for the cane. I consider the best 14 dollars I've spent.

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I threw mine away recently, along with every other piece of plastic (Except for corny quick disconnects...) that touches my beer. From what beers were infected I think it was the auto-siphon (Some I didn't use it on since I was transferring from my Primary corny to kegorator corny). I liked it while it lasted though.

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