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Old 04-17-2014, 01:23 AM   #11
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I use this setup from MoreBeer:

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Old 04-17-2014, 01:52 AM   #12
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I've done that as well... I wonder if there's an issue with getting a good suction or if I have a defective siphon... Do you find that the stream will stop multiple times throughout the process?

I've never had any problems w/ a consistent flow. Have you checked for leaks in your tubing or within the siphon tube? Also how high is your carboy above the container you're siphoning into?
I use a household folding step stool for one w/ the receiving container on the floor.
I even use a cut off clamp to facilitate getting gravity samples and the flow restarts w/o issues.


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Old 04-17-2014, 02:03 AM   #13
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I usually replace my siphon every year or so. The seals get a little loose after awhile.

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Old 04-17-2014, 02:58 PM   #14
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I agree with govner, if you're careful and paying attention the auto-siphon is fine. Nearing the bottom, tilt the carboy/bucket slowly so all the liquid gathers in one spot, then put the siphon there. You do have to pay attention, once the siphon breaks, as you've noticed you really can't get it going again without causing trub to fly. I personally use a standard racking cane and gravity siphon using the carboy cap trick to get it started. It doesn't have the holes on the side that the auto-siphon has making it easier to keep the siphon going, but a little easier to pick up trub as well.

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Old 04-19-2014, 01:59 PM   #15
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I too have had problems with the auto siphon. I spent a day with a carboy filled with water using it to get it to work, and I thought I had it down, then when I went to transfer my beer to the bottling bucket I couldn't get it started. So what I do now and have been doing for the last 5 or so batches is just using the racking cane with the tubing attached, then I cut a 3 inch piece of tubing to use as my siphon starter and hold it to the tubing and suck to fill the tubing coming off the racking cane. This way my mouth doesn't come in contact with the actual tubing that sits on the bottom of the bottling bucket and I get a good flow going til it's empty. My auto siphon is probably in need of replacement, but what I'm doing now is working for me.


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Old 04-19-2014, 02:26 PM   #16
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/siph...rboy-cap-2910/

This. Siphoning does suck. If you're siphoning from carboy to keg, you can use your co2 to pressurize the carboy (very low pressure) and push the beer out the siphon. After it's started, you're golden.

If siphoning from bucket to carboy or vice versa- do the above or follow that link.

If you're having too much trouble with your trub getting sucked up, cold crash the beer and then siphon while it's still cold- it will compact the sediment and trub at the bottom and you won't suck up near as much.

I hate siphoning.
I tried this technique for the first time last weekend and I'm never going back to the olde ways. It was so, so, so simple and so effective. Plus, I kept a little trickle of CO2 flowing into the fermenter as it drained, which should reduce the chances of oxidation.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:18 PM   #17
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I've used a standard racking cane and a 60 ml syringe to start it for every batch I've ever brewed.

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Old 04-23-2014, 02:34 PM   #18
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I've done that as well... I wonder if there's an issue with getting a good suction or if I have a defective siphon... Do you find that the stream will stop multiple times throughout the process?
You have a problem with your auto-siphon setup. You shouldn't be leaving a few inches of liquid behind and the flow should not stop in the middle of the process.
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