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Old 08-29-2014, 07:31 PM   #1
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Hey everybody,

Thanks for all the help thus far. I have a bit of a silly question.

I am currently only preparing one gallon batches at a time, due to being new at this.

I recently obtained a second-hand deluxe winemaking kit that includes an auto-siphon/tubing/racking cane intended for 5-6 gallon winemaking.

Now for the silly question: Can I use this crazy long tubing for my one gallon batches? I really want to work with what I have for the time being as I just plunked down a good $80 on the kit originally thinking I was just going to do 5-6 gals at a time.

Fingers crossed this will work just fine. Later down the line I will purchase more "size appropriate" equipment :-)

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Old 08-29-2014, 07:42 PM   #2
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you can use the tubing for the one gallon batches... That just seems like a long time to wait and a lot of work to do for only 1 gallon. The only problem I could see is if there is a plastic thing on the bottom of the auto-siphon to get it off the trub/gunk at the bottom, with a 1 gallon batch depending on the size of your fermentation container, it might leave too much in the vessel.

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Hi wfowlks,

Thanks for the advice. When you say it sounds like a lot of work - do you mean cleaning & sanitizing the very long tubing just for a one gallon batch? Because that was my exact thinking haha but it just irks me to think I would have to go buy another racking thing/tubing for the job. I honestly wonder why I bought the deluxe kit if I wasn't ready to do the 6 gallon batches *gulp*

Well, I guess one has to work with what one has.

Side note: Hey! I see you are also a programmer turned wine fanatic! Awesome! It must be us detail-oriented types!

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you can use the tubing for the one gallon batches... That just seems like a long time to wait and a lot of work to do for only 1 gallon. The only problem I could see is if there is a plastic thing on the bottom of the auto-siphon to get it off the trub/gunk at the bottom, with a 1 gallon batch depending on the size of your fermentation container, it might leave too much in the vessel.
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Another thing to note is that, for whatever reason, none of my local homebrew supply stores had one gallon carboys or equipment to suit it. I had to ask someone to grab the one gallon carboys for me in the States.
I like the easy to handle aspect of the one gallon carboys right now since I am doing this on my own and well it is okay to screw up a one gallon batch - ruining a 5 gallon batch seems harder to swallow ;-)

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haha yeah, and I have just recently gotten into gourmet coffee, and cold brewing.

But I have recently made a siphon out of some tubing and a T splitter. If you hook up tubing to the straight part of the T, then some tubing to the perpendicular side. If you suck on the perpendicular side, it will pull the liquid up and then quickly plug the part you blew into and it will go right into your vessel.

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Bottles of Carlo Rossi are great fermentors... you will end up with just under a gallon with them.

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Only problem with using a tall racking cane in a small jug. When the jug is empty and you take your hand off of the tall racking cane, the whole thing unbalances and tumbles down, crash! So do not leave the tall racking cane in a small jug. Keep your hands on it at all times!
A small auto syphon only cost $10. Well worth the cost if you use one galleon jugs.


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Ah I wish I knew about these gallon jugs before hitting up a LHBS across the border. But all is well... the gallon jugs from said store were $5 a jug. So I am a happy camper.

But I realize the siphon I have right now is only good for large 5-6 gal carboys.

So I will resort to the sucking method with the T splitter till I can order in a proper mini auto siphon.

Thanks for the help everybody!

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Good advice! I would hate to break one of those!

I will be sure to have a friend assist in the process

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Only problem with using a tall racking cane in a small jug. When the jug is empty and you take your hand off of the tall racking cane, the whole thing unbalances and tumbles down, crash! So do not leave the tall racking cane in a small jug. Keep your hands on it at all times!
A small auto syphon only cost $10. Well worth the cost if you use one galleon jugs.


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