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Old 09-03-2008, 02:33 AM   #61
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It sounds like several people have tried/modified this trick. In the original post, the T was halfway through the straight piece(s). Is it better to put it closer to the bottom of the straight piece? That way the siphoned fluid has a lot of momentum as it goes into the secondary vessel?

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Old 02-04-2009, 05:53 AM   #62
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Made it a couple of weeks ago... just used it tonight. Loved it!



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Old 03-02-2009, 12:41 PM   #63
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Anyone have a video of this in action?

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Old 03-23-2009, 12:59 AM   #64
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Old 05-12-2009, 04:10 PM   #65
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thanks flyguy. My autosiphon only lasted 6 batches before the gasket developed a micro tear, which allowed air, bubbled and stopped the siphon (not ideal). I didn't want to buy a new one, thus the $3 T-siphon. My hose end curled up and stopped the siphon. I keep some Romex copper wire in my sanitizer on brew days. I have used it to hang my stir spoon on the brewpot handles. I used about a 30" length of it on the siphon intake to:
* keep the hose straight
* bend the hose at the top like a racking cane
* prevent the siphon from taking a sip of the trub (that is where I thought I would miss the AS, but with a half inch of copper in the way, the tube end hovers in the clear beer above the trub and leaves it all there)

thanks again flyguy. I love clever and cheap DIY creations...and homebrew.

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Old 05-15-2009, 03:19 PM   #66
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Is there any reason you couldn't have a short hose, maybe 6 inches or so on the T with the clamp very close to the T?

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Old 05-31-2009, 12:17 AM   #67
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Nice. I have been getting poor performance out of my autosiphon, I'll have to build one of these.
I thought about putting a valve on my 3rd hose instead of the hose clamp but that is ridiculous. The only thing I don't like is about it is cleaning even more plastic tubing than I already have to. Oh well.

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Old 05-31-2009, 12:55 AM   #68
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One thing that springs to mind that would solve both the "getting the siphon started" issue as well as the "air pocket" problem would be instead of just a regular t-connector, use a three-way valve. I did a quick search online and found these in a 2-pack for $1.99.

Instead of sucking on the middle part, attach the racking cane from the fermenter in the middle and suck on the "top". Turn the ball valve to "left L" (between racking cane and your mouth), and start the siphon. When the beer gets close to the T, turn it to "right L" (between racking cane and wherever you want the beer to go) and let the beer flow.

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Old 05-31-2009, 12:44 PM   #69
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I brewed yesterday and used a plastic T to start my siphon. It worked like a charm, and the T section kept the whole contraption at the perfect height in my carboy. I use a pinhole in a tube for aeration. Thanks for the tip, I'm very happy with this solution.

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Old 06-01-2009, 11:22 PM   #70
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I'm gonna make one of these. I scanned the thread, but didn't see a source for the red hose clamp. Anybody know where to get that piece? Thanks.



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