Originally Posted by Wynne-R
You people that dont use them, what do you do? I used to use a turkey baster to start a siphon, but the newer ones are too weak.
It's a manual method.
-Racking cane connected to hose in beer (I use a bucket clip to hold the cane)
-Holding other end of hose w/ turkey baster tip inserted (tube only, no bulb)
-Suck on baster until beer reaches my hand about 6" from end of hose (need to keep hose at or above top of racking cane)
-Pinch hose, move to other container and release
The first 6 times were awkward but now it's pretty straight forward. My mouth only ever touches the turkey baster and beer never reaches the end of my hose until it's flowing into another container. It's not perfect but I have yet to find the "perfect" solution. I like it better than filling the hose with starsan or water. I like it better than an autosiphon. I don't like it as much as pressure/vacuum transfers.