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Old 09-02-2011, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default Carboy "tilter"

I've had three bad siphons in a row and all of them occur with a gallon left in the carboy; just enough that you really want it but getting the auto-siphon going again is going to disturb weeks of settling.... end up just sayin screw it and siphoning it all in anyway....

Know what would be awesome? A carboy holder/base that had a built in 45 degree slant so all the sludge/sediment compacts in front and we can siphon off the top.

I've tried text books, I've tried employing the wife to tilt.... I'm thinking a simple 2x2 and a 2.6 on a base:

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I was even thinking of fermenting with the slant.

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Old 09-02-2011, 01:14 PM   #2
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They actually sell carboy tilt supports. My LHBS can't sell one because people are smart and use a book or similar high tech tilting device...

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Old 09-02-2011, 01:19 PM   #3
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They actually sell carboy tilt supports. My LHBS can't sell one because people are smart and use a book or similar high tech tilting device...

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I tried a book, I failed. *weeps*

Can we ferment with the carboy tilted? I honestly don't see any downside to it.
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Just use a piece of wood. If you really wanted to get creative you could use several pieces of wood cut to make some sort of fancy rig. Then if you were REALLY creative you could paint it.

Wouldn't you have to tilt it days in advance though? I don't like to move what I'm siphoning from, for fear that I'll wake the sleeping beast resting on the bottom. I find once I get the siphon going, I can fine-tune the source location as it's happening pretty easily. No need to hold the output end, just pay attention to the input.

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Just use a piece of wood. If you really wanted to get creative you could use several pieces of wood cut to make some sort of fancy rig. Then if you were REALLY creative you could paint it.

Wouldn't you have to tilt it days in advance though? I don't like to move what I'm siphoning from, for fear that I'll wake the sleeping beast resting on the bottom. I find once I get the siphon going, I can fine-tune the source location as it's happening pretty easily. No need to hold the output end, just pay attention to the input.
That is kinda why I want to do it from day 0, I want to make a base and ferment on a slant to make siphoning uber efficient. But it has to remain together to I can move it as a unit.

Note: I have no creative skills.
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Well if you can stick it in a fridge and cold crash it (works well if you're kegging), that sediment turns to clay and you can pretty much move the auto siphon all around without fear of disturbing the cake.

I tried this for the first time on last batch and just dropped the siphon all the way in, didn't even need to hold it. Worked awesome!

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When racking I take a dish towel or two and fold them and use them as a "wedge". I works well for me.

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When racking I take a dish towel or two and fold them and use them as a "wedge". I works well for me.
x2. I usually use the towel kept handy during the brew day to take care of the occasional spill.
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I'm going to try fermenting on a 45 degree angle this weekend.

I found a milk crate that will hold the carboy on an angle and still allow transport.

I'm going to use a blow off as I don't know how a lock will react to the angle, and it looks like expansion might have an easier time escaping the mouth of the carboy.

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The Carboy Wedge!

http://www.homebrewing.org/Carboy-Wedge_p_1714.html

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