Originally Posted by jcobbs
Even my auto-siphon is hit or miss sometimes, but I have found that if I can't get a good siphon going I can just use the auto-siphon like a pump. It doesn't take that many strokes to move a batch from one container to another. I just use slow steady strokes so as not to introduce too much air.
Does anyone make a squeeze-bulb type siphon pump, like the kind used for kerosene heaters, etc?
I've found that people who are having issue with their A/S are usually using too large a size of plastic tubing on the end....try using a plastic hose clamp like this, over the hose somewhere along the length before the bend.
Other people have found that the gasket on the bottom end of the racking tube (that fits inside the big tube) may be bad, or dried, some have added some keglube/foodgrade silicone grease around it to make a better seal, others just put some water on top of the gasket (like with a turkey baster) inside the tube, and that makes for an air tight seal.
Hit or miss Autosiphons are hit or miss usually because of a bad seal in one of the two afore mentioned spots.
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