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Old 02-12-2012, 01:31 PM   #111
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I love carboy caps for siphoning but I do not seem to get a "perfect" seal for fermenting. My proof is no bubbles in the air lock but if I switch to standard bung I get bubbles. I tried zip ties and even cranked hard on a piece of wire...no luck...any suggestions?

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Old 08-13-2012, 05:59 PM   #112
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Off topic, but I was browsing online today and came across this item and got a chuckle out of it.

http://labelpeelers.com/blow-off-tubing-siphon-hose1inch-per-ft-p-2579.html

Does that photo look familiar?

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Old 08-13-2012, 06:53 PM   #113
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I haven't been around for a while but I think it looks like I've been there before.

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Old 08-13-2012, 06:58 PM   #114
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Wow, man! Good to hear from you again!

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Old 12-20-2012, 02:23 AM   #115
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Not a good night for me. I had broken my old trusty auto siphon, so I ordered a "Sterile Siphon Starter"... same principle as this technique, except you blow into a filter. The tutorial video made it look so easy. Try as I might, I could NOT get the siphon to hold. I finally got so pissed off I just picked up the carboy and dumped the beer into the bottling bucket... I'm sure this batch is all f'd up. Waste of a perfectly good Porter. I will be getting a new auto siphon asap.

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Old 01-21-2013, 06:12 PM   #116
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How does blowing into your carboy not contaminate the beer? Does that potentially add bacteria?

I want to get the best system setup as I don't have an auto-siphon, but don't know if I trust the blowing aspect? Thoughts?

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Old 01-22-2013, 12:42 PM   #117
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I have a few "theories"...
1) I try to expel a minimum of air (and of course moisture) in...just enough to get the beer up and over the top...when you stop exhaling air rushes back out of the tube you exhaled into
2) I use about 18" of tubing to exhale into and I've starsan-ed it. You could use more and your breath might never reach the carboy (??)
3) There should be a major blanket of CO2 laying on top of the beer plus lets say a bad droplet does get in...seems like it'll most likely stay on top of the beer and odds are reasonable that it'll not be siphoned over (I know, gross thought nonetheless!)
4) It has been discussed elsewhere in these forums that infection at bottling (or transferring to secondary) is a lot less likely than unfermented wort (people put all kinds of "unsanitized" stuff into secondaries like hops and citrus rinds)

Since my post almost a year ago (above) I have learned to push down hard on the carboy cap to create a much more airtight seal for the moment. Also, if siphoning into a carboy you can do the same by inhaling to create a vacuum...but be ready for the rush of air INTO the carboy when you stop inhaling (or just pinch the tube until the vacuum is gone because of the liquid coming over into the carboy...altho frankly I've not bothered.)

You could always "brush your breath" with a shot beforehand! (just to be safe of course)

I have been doing this for about 30 batches and have not had a single infection (Knock on wood). I've even done it when siphoning wort from boil kettle to primary carboy (arguably the most dangerous moment for infection...but you are inhaling to create vacuum)

That said...one of these days I'll buy an autosiphon...although I feel like I read about a lot of them being broken.

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Just used this technique for the first time in order to move 5 gallons of Irish stout from my carboy to the bottling bucket. Worked liked a charm, brilliant! Thanks!

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Old 11-28-2013, 02:03 PM   #119
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I got my sterile siphon starter from MB and have used it a few times so far. I like it much better than my auto siphon. Easier to clean, faster, cane is held in place, etc. I'm still having a hard time getting past blowing into my beer, but hoping that the last three batches are infection free, then I'm sold! I am using a inline filter to blow through, but still it still feels weird to blow potential nasties anywhere bear my beer.

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Old 11-29-2013, 03:37 PM   #120
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I find a mouth wash of vodka just before get's past this fear!
I just find myself siphoning all day.

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