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Old 10-18-2009, 05:34 PM   #1
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Default Video: Sanitary siphoning without an autosiphon

I've seen a lot of posts about broken autosiphons and frustration when attempting to manually start a siphon. So, here's a short video I put together this morning:

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Old 10-18-2009, 05:37 PM   #2
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I did the water trick before I got an autosiphon. Its a real pain to get the tube full of water, and even more of a pain if you accidently lose the siphon. I like the turkey baster idea though.

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It's a real pain to get the tube full of water...
Not that tough at all. Hold the ends of the tubing even with one another, and use a small funnel.

FYI: I've never owned an autosiphon.
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:42 PM   #4
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Good video Yuri. I have used an auto siphon and hated it so much I went back to the liquid filled tube. I found it much more reliable and time saving since there is less cleanup after use.

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So that's what you sound like. I always pictured your voice deep and russian sounding.

Great video, especially the tip about the turkey baster. I'm wondering if all turkey baster have a narrow enough tip to fit inside (1 of two in my place doesn't) , but I was looking at some other things in my kitchen that could work and I came upon this;



One of these flavor injectors will work, either with the needle attached or with just the "screw tip" on the plastic injector body.

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Not that tough at all. Hold the ends of the tubing even with one another, and use a small funnel.

FYI: I've never owned an autosiphon.
hey, thats genius! I would always try filling from the tap, which is a slow annoying process.
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I fill from the tap. I spray star san in the sink so the tube can lay in it then grip the tube and faucet with your hand. It forms a tight enough seal that stops the faucet aerator from working and fills the tube in seconds.

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Nice job Yuri, exactly what I do w/ a dollar store turkey baster and star san...never really bought into the "auto siphon" concept myself, too many moving parts.

You gotta fill the cane and tubing w/ sanitzer anyhow. Just fill it and use it. I'm always amazed at how many are "siphon" challenged.

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I'd like to invite anyone with autosiphon problems to just send them to me. I'm not knocking the workarounds but the A/S is awesome and multifunctional. It doesn't require ditching the first bit of runoff. You can use it to pump yeast slurry into your ball jar in a sanitary manner.

I have used the baster start when racking out of the big barrel though since there's no autosiphon long enough for that.

I like the video though. Everyone should know how to start a sanitary siphon. One other trick you can use if you are not using a racking can is to push an extra foot or so of tubing into the donor vessel, put your thumb over the end, then pull out the tubing until there's liquid in the output hose.

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I'm not knocking the workarounds
Oddly enough, IMO the autosiphon is a "workaround!"
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