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Old 08-25-2011, 04:31 PM   #1
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I am currently in a very "interesting" situation. To make a long story short, my mead needs racking and I don't have a proper hose or one of them newfangled canes! There aren't even any homebrew stores near me. I had some surgical tubing lying around, I tried siphoning with that, and it gave a horrible foul taste and smell to it, even after sanitizing the tube. I was thinking I'd just pour it into the secondary using a funnel with a bunch of coffee filters, then I remembered, I don't drink coffee. I don't want to go buy 500 of those filters just for this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-25-2011, 05:34 PM   #2
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Just go get a garden hose at Home Depot for $10 and sanitize that.

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Old 08-25-2011, 06:19 PM   #3
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Can't you order one online with next day delivery?

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Are there any hardware stores in your part of the world? I use clear heat resistant PVC tubing and it works great. No after taste.

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Old 08-26-2011, 02:56 AM   #5
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Is there a reason that the mead "needs" to be moved asap that it can't wait a week for an online order? I have found meads that I put off racking for months longer than I thought I should and there were no issues.
On another note, I highly recomend the "auto-syphon", it is one of the things I refuse to go without ever since I got it.

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There is a guy who posted a method of making an auto siphon came on here. Having hard time finding it atm on phone. Use clamp (cheap at hw store), T splitter, and since you don't have a cane you can make one either out of copper tubing (not sure if safe?) or just use a length of hose that is food safe. You can put one together for 4-10 bucks depending on the diameter you want. I needed one in a pinch and had all the tubing and some leftover copper and it worked great til my replacement auto siphon came in. For the copper cane you can bend small J into bottom to avoid trub. Careful how you sanitize tho. I boiled mine.

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/flyguys-t-siphon-3-replacement-autosiphon-25774/

Found link once I had a real computer to search for it on. You'll note he doesn't use a cane for his which makes it ridiculously cheap. Personally if I was going to do it again I'd still go with the copper tube but it helps that I have like 8ft of it left. It looks like I'm going to finish with about 7lb (+/- 1lb) of leaf hops so I'm seriously considering going back to it anyway and attaching a screen to the end.
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