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Old 11-01-2011, 10:34 PM   #11
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daugenet, thx for the plans. I'm a little unclear about how it works -- please humor me. An air compressor w/tank will "blow out" a stream of air, but degassing requires a vacuum. Does that mean the part you linked to somehow uses the compressor air stream to create the vacuum? Or maybe I've got this all wrong.
The image is a slightly different configuration but it gives you the same idea.


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You are correct. What happens is as the compressed air is pushed through the device it will create a vacuum in the carboy. It is the same idea as an old water bed draining method.

http://www.waterbedland.com/assembly-fill-draining

I hope this helps!
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:51 AM   #12
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Well, my winegasgetter only cost $30, so no big deal.

Nice to know where to get a replacement venturi.

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Old 11-02-2011, 01:07 AM   #13
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Well, my winegasgetter only cost $30, so no big deal.

Nice to know where to get a replacement venturi.
interesting. some other guy told me he paid a lot more. for 30 i might not have hassled with it.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:15 PM   #14
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interesting. some other guy told me he paid a lot more. for 30 i might not have hassled with it.
I used to compete with the inventor at local wine competitions, really nice guy and could make a heck of a wine.

I bought a single outlet version, made specifically for only degassing one carboy at a time. His big business is selling manifold versions that can degass 5, 10 or more carboys. Those are the expensive versions
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:04 PM   #15
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After going to the Gas Getter site it looks like the prices are considerably higher than $30 now even for the basic model.

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After going to the Gas Getter site it looks like the prices are considerably higher than $30 now even for the basic model.
Times must be tough!!
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:52 PM   #17
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@daugenet -- I have a tank-less air compressor. It is heavy duty and will generate enough air pressure to fill car tires etc quickly. Should that work, or do I need a compressor with a tank?

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Aspirator pump.

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Old 11-05-2011, 04:57 AM   #19
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@Red October: I assume that is a vacuum pump at the end of a racking operation? I picked up an old used vacuum pump from the discount pile at my LHBS for a few dollars. It is originally rated at 3 gal/min. I think I could probably rack my wine with it, but the suction doesn't seem to be very strong -- maybe the unit is defective -- hence the huge discount. I tried degassing with it today and it only drew a few small bubbles from a 1 gal glass jug of wine that should have gas in it.

I'd prefer not buying a new vacuum pump for $100 or more. I can rack my few carboys with a siphon as before, but I'd really like to find an economical way to degas by establishing a vacuum like the Gas Getter does. That is why I'm interested in daugenet's rig. I only need to know whether my tank-less air compressor will work.

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@Red October: I assume that is a vacuum pump at the end of a racking operation? I picked up an old used vacuum pump from the discount pile at my LHBS for a few dollars. It is originally rated at 3 gal/min. I think I could probably rack my wine with it, but the suction doesn't seem to be very strong -- maybe the unit is defective -- hence the huge discount. I tried degassing with it today and it only drew a few small bubbles from a 1 gal glass jug of wine that should have gas in it.

I'd prefer not buying a new vacuum pump for $100 or more. I can rack my few carboys with a siphon as before, but I'd really like to find an economical way to degas by establishing a vacuum like the Gas Getter does. That is why I'm interested in daugenet's rig. I only need to know whether my tank-less air compressor will work.

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That is an aspirator pump from hospital supply store, I have one similar to the one in the photo.

And yes, it was a bit over 100 bucks so out of line with your budget, but you should realize that it does make life a bit easier with racking and degassing, I even use it to bottle.

Set the rig up as illustrated, turn vacuum up to 20 and it will degas as it racks, after about 15-20 minutes you should be properly flat.

However, the "whip" does the same thing in 5 mins (the degassing anyway) so if your on a budget the drill/whip combo is the way to go.

Finally, if you're a patient person, you can leave it to bulk age at room temp and after a long while it will flatten out.

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