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Old 02-07-2012, 07:50 AM   #1
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Default No fancy siphoning here!

That's right! I don't want to spend the extra money for a bottling bucket and all the siphoning gear (im a college student). Instead I am just going to transfer my fermented wort back into my sanitized kettle, then siphon into my bottles from there with only the tube and my mouth. I know a lot of people say don't do it with my mouth but I've seen people do this and their beer had no contamination. But before I do, I just wanted to get others opinions on my current idea. Thanks.

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Old 02-07-2012, 08:02 AM   #2
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a safer alternative to sucking: fill your siphon hose completely with clean (ideally boiled) water, you may need 3 hands to pour it in while holding up the ends, then the siphon will start as soon as you put one end in the carboy and lower the other. start the siphon into a glass held over your bucket until the beer has replaced all of the water, then get the beer into the bucket(/kettle)

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Old 02-07-2012, 08:14 AM   #3
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You could just as easily create a clean slobber free siphon by boiling some water (for sanitary reasons) or at least some water you havent spit in, fill up your tube with the water (put your thumb on one end of the tube like getting water in a straw), then quickly put one end in your beer and the other end below the kettle. The water draining out of the tube will pull the beer along with it and start your siphon. From there you just have to deal with the fun part of pinching the hose with one hand, keeping the other end of the tube in the beer with your other hand, grabbing bottles with your right foot and capping with your left foot. Don't forget to sanitize your feet. I don't recommend boiling.

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Old 02-07-2012, 01:14 PM   #4
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You have several options here:

-Save up your roommate's BMC cans for a while and sell 'em at the recycling center
-Sell some plasma
-Skip going to the bar one night
-Switch to all grain a batch or two earlier than you planned
-Make an IPA instead of that batch of DIPA you were planning
-etc. etc.

Choose one, then go drop the $9 for an auto-siphon. Comes in handy for flushing lines and cleaning/sanitize tubing too.

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Old 02-07-2012, 01:29 PM   #5
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a safer alternative to sucking: Fill your siphon hose completely with clean (ideally boiled) water, you may need 3 hands to pour it in while holding up the ends, then the siphon will start as soon as you put one end in the carboy and lower the other. Start the siphon into a glass held over your bucket until the beer has replaced all of the water, then get the beer into the bucket(/kettle)
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:47 PM   #6
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You could also wrap the end of the hose you suck on with tin foil before the beer hits the end of th hose pull the foil off.Thats how I did it before I got an auto siphon.An auto siphon is only 10-12 bucks.

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Old 02-07-2012, 02:59 PM   #7
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Yeah, even at my poorest of poor days in college, I could scrounge up $10. Not worth ruining a batch by contamination for 10 bucks.

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Old 02-07-2012, 03:08 PM   #8
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This is a great setup and should only cost $20 - $25



Grabbed the pic from another thread.

You can do this sitting comfortably in a chair. Fill the bottles over the dishwasher door and put on a table for capping. It just takes a small chunk of tubing to connect the wand to the spigot.

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Old 02-07-2012, 03:31 PM   #9
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I have a bottling bucket and bottling wand which made it sooo much easier to bottle, however, to this day I am still using the sucking siphon method. Never an infected batch from it, and over 100 batches.

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Old 02-07-2012, 04:18 PM   #10
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To start my siphons, I put all but the very end of the hose in the liquid, cover the end with my thumb. The liquid stays in the hose until I take my thumb off.

No sucking, no worries about sanitized water (the hose, and the hand that's holding it, have just come out of the sanitizing bucket, so there's little/no worries there). The biggest drawback I've noticed is that your tubing is a bit messier than it would be with alternative methods.

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