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Old 12-06-2010, 07:27 PM   #81
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Thank you very much for this! I highly prefer this over a stopper. I've jammed stoppers into fermenters and dropped them in before, and I tend to have a hard time getting them out. The cap is awesome and easy! Obviously, I was going from bucket to carboy but I just used the pre-drilled hole in the bucket lid and slid my cane through that so there was still VERY little interaction with outside air. I used suction on the small stem to begin the syphon, it took quite a bit of energy and a few different breaths but once it started I just walked away, love that it's hands-free!
Close up of rack in progress: and I took the cap off of the side-stem, it was nothing but co2 being pushed out so no oxygen was getting in. If you leave that cap on, the syphon slows and will eventually blow the cap off haha.
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:32 PM   #82
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How much of a problem is it to siphon with your mouth?? I'm getting the impression that it can ruin your batch, is that the case (because of bacteria or exposure to air) ? Or is all this attention to detail in the interest of perfection and really just neurotic / OCD behaviour ?
Yeaaaaahhhhh don't do that. If you are forced to use a regular cane and not an auto-syphon, what I did originally was to take some brand new in the package, kitchen yellow latex gloves, cut the fingers off from the palm and the tips off, soak them in sanitizer then slide them over the end of the tube so when you go to jump-start the syphoning, your mouth only comes in contact with that latex rubber glove. As the liquid begins coming, quickly pull that latex off, get to rackin, and then throw that away! Cheap and effective way to stay sanitary with your current equipment. Though I will say a fermtech auto-syphon is MORE than worth the 12.99 they charge at LHBS. good luck!
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Well done, Walker-san

I'd thought I'd post a photo of how I push beer from primary to keg using a carboy cap. This is a black ale being pushed from freezer/fermentation chamber to corny keg using CO2 @ ~7 psi



The output goes into a CO2 purged, sanitized keg. The output hose is connected to the "out" post on the keg.

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PSI over 10 will blow the carboy cap right off!!! just saying.

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Yeaaaaahhhhh don't do that. If you are forced to use a regular cane and not an auto-syphon, what I did originally was to take some brand new in the package, kitchen yellow latex gloves, cut the fingers off from the palm and the tips off, soak them in sanitizer then slide them over the end of the tube so when you go to jump-start the syphoning, your mouth only comes in contact with that latex rubber glove. As the liquid begins coming, quickly pull that latex off, get to rackin, and then throw that away! Cheap and effective way to stay sanitary with your current equipment. Though I will say a fermtech auto-syphon is MORE than worth the 12.99 they charge at LHBS. good luck!
I purchased a little sanitary filter that fits into the side hole of the carboy cap that I blow into to start the siphon. I got it from an online brew shop for a couple bucks and it was sold for this purpose.
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I purchased a little sanitary filter that fits into the side hole of the carboy cap that I blow into to start the siphon. I got it from an online brew shop for a couple bucks and it was sold for this purpose.
Yeah, what I was telling him about was not having to do with the carboy caps. Just for general bucket or fermenter racking. With the carboy cap, you don't actually need any kind of secondary piece of equipment. You can just create suction on the receiving carboys end and everything will remain sanitary. . .
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PSI over 10 will blow the carboy cap right off!!! just saying.
notice the radiator clamp holding the carboy cap.

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How much of a problem is it to siphon with your mouth?? I'm getting the impression that it can ruin your batch, is that the case (because of bacteria or exposure to air) ? Or is all this attention to detail in the interest of perfection and really just neurotic / OCD behaviour ?
The tubing on my racking cane is 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD. I bought a little bit of 1/2" ID tubing and after sanitizing both I slide a short piece of the 1/2" ID tubing over the end of the 3/8" ID tubing. Suck on the 1/2" tubing to get it started and then separate. Duck soup.
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notice the radiator clamp holding the carboy cap.
OT a bit, but do those carboy caps lose elasticity after multiple uses? Trying to determine if I get some more of the brewers hardware sanke conversion kits or go this route...
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