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Old 07-17-2007, 05:17 AM   #1
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Default When in doubt, don't spit into the beer.

Ok, I know this sounds like obvious advice, but I learned something tonight.

Don't spit into your beer.

I'm a sanitation freak. I must use 50 gallons of water, and a half gallon of bleach, along with a healthy dose of no-rinse stuff, before I'm ready to bottle.

Tonight was no exception. My bottles came out of the dishwasher, got a dipping in no-rinse for good measure, and were standing by. After washing my hands with an anti-bacterial soap, I was ready to siphon my Sierra Nevada Clone from the secondary, to the dispensing bucket with the tap on the bottom.

Priming sugar already in place, I washed my lips with some Isopropyl Alchohol to kill any lip borne germs that might infect my siphon hose, (note to self- I'm out of Scotch again).

I'll admit that I'm new to home brewing, and that most of my siphoning experience involves gasoline. Suffice to say, that when I siphon something, my gut reaction is to spit it out as soon as possible.

So I did. Right into my bottling bucket.

"Whew", I thought at first. That was close, I almost spit it all on the floor.

Then it dawned on me.

Back to square one...

Hoppy

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Old 07-17-2007, 05:24 AM   #2
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I'm a sanitation freak.
I beg to differ. If you suck on the end of your siphoning hose, you aren't a sanitation freak. Get some carboy caps or an autosiphon and you can avoid that entirely.
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Old 07-17-2007, 05:46 AM   #3
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I beg to differ. If you suck on the end of your siphoning hose, you aren't a sanitation freak. Get some carboy caps or an autosiphon and you can avoid that entirely.
You have a point there.

If I were a true sanitation freak, I would have had my sister suck on the siphon hose, (she's rather homely, and rarely kisses boys).

I do have a vacuum pump that I use to change the brake fluid on my bikes, but I'm afraid that a contamination of DOT 5 may cause my beer to taste funny, or develop a head shake when entering corners at speed.

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Old 07-17-2007, 11:30 AM   #4
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I usually fill up my siphon hose with sanitizer by sucking on the end. Leaving about 1" of an air bubble (so I don't have to spit), cover it with my thumb, then dip the end back in the sanitizer. Then I put the wand in the wort and drain into a spare container until the wort comes out, then put it into the fermentor.

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Old 07-17-2007, 12:03 PM   #5
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dude, that's hillarious. sounds like something i would do.

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Old 07-17-2007, 12:19 PM   #6
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so do you guys immediately cap the bottles? or do they get exposed to the atmosphere for any duration? what about the bottling bucket? does that get sealed up too, or is it exposed to the atmosphere for the duration of the bottlign session?

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I cap mine 12 or so at a time, while i'm bottling. I also put the clean lid from my fermentor on my bottle bucket loosely. Probably not necessary but makes me feel better. Especially if you have pets. I would hate to serve oen of my beauties to a friend, and a dog hair roll out into their glass!

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I beg to differ. If you suck on the end of your siphoning hose, you aren't a sanitation freak. Get some carboy caps or an autosiphon and you can avoid that entirely.
How do carboy caps help to start a Siphon?
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They have two holes on top. You put your racking can through one and you blow into the other. The positive pressure in the vessel forces the wort out through the racking cane.

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It's easy to start a siphon without any sucking or blowing - both of which are unsanitary. Using a long sanitized hose, sanitize your hands, push the hose down into the beer, use a thumb to plug the end, pull it out (full of beer) and down below the top level of the container. When you release your thumb, the siphon will start.

I usually use an autosiphon (worth every penny), but occasionally use the above technique to take a quick gravity reading or something.

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