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Old 12-09-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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I'm wondering if I can use an auto-siphon to transfer mash and sparge water (between 150-160ish *F) from one vessel to another. Will the siphon and the tubing deal with that temperature, or should I look to another means of transport?



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Old 12-09-2008, 02:49 PM   #2
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Why siphon at all? Seems like a superfluous step.

As far as temps, I think 170* + is enough to damage the siphon housing.



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Old 12-09-2008, 03:13 PM   #3
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Well, I know it can't take boiling wort... Figured that out the hard way... Don't drink too many beers while actually brewing or you will figure out MANY things the hard way.

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Old 12-09-2008, 03:18 PM   #4
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I started mine on fire once.... it looked like it got up to about a billiun degrees

I would not use an autosiphon for that purpose.

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Why siphon at all? Seems like a superfluous step.

As far as temps, I think 170* + is enough to damage the siphon housing.
Yeah, I probably shouldn't use the siphon. Anyone have a suggestion for transferring 3-4 gallons of hot wort?
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Yeah, I probably shouldn't use the siphon. Anyone have a suggestion for transferring 3-4 gallons of hot wort?
You can fairly easily pick up a kettle with that much wort, so you can use gravity to your advantage. Get some reinforced tubing and then use something like a turkey baster to star a siphon. I don't suppose you have a valve in your wort kettle?
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How hot can it get? Prolly 500-600F? Of course, it will melt WAY before that.

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You can fairly easily pick up a kettle with that much wort, so you can use gravity to your advantage. Get some reinforced tubing and then use something like a turkey baster to star a siphon. I don't suppose you have a valve in your wort kettle?
Nope, no valve. I suppose I'll get a length of that heat-resistant tubing and try to get a siphon started with the baster. If all else fails, I'll just attempt a pour.
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I've wondered about trying to come up with a heat resistant one, maybe made of metal and using one of those fancy smancy stainless steel racking canes it, and high temp tubing..

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Just using an auto siphone to clean with hot tap water causes them to develop stress cracks, leaks and eventually breaks in 2. The first one I figured got crushed, when the second developed cracks right away I knew something was wrong and since I stopped using really hot water to clean if using the auto siphon, my third is in good shape still.

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