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Old 05-18-2009, 06:23 AM   #1
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Default Stupid auto siphon, stupid keg, stupid hobby.....

Brewed a honey ale tonight, all in all a great brew one of the best I've had to date.

From boil to yeast pitch took under 2 hours, so I was happy with that the immersian chiller definetely did its job.

But, while I was boiling I needed to rack a moose drool clone from primary into the keg (I needed the carboy for this beer).

I my autosiphon has developed a nasty air leak and is sucking oxygen into the hose. I tried to stove it up on the top with some foil whiched helped a little. Plus, it just would not keep the siphon, so I ended short, but I didn't want to keep pumping it and bringing in more O2.

Then I go to hook up the CO2 and find that the last keg I have in the kegeratore has a leak and I am out of CO2, so I can't even purge this keg. I did manage to get a little PSSST out of it, but that was it.

I am wondering if I should mix up a batch of priming sugar and try to naturally carb this one, mostly just to try it, or if I will be OK till tomorrow afternoon to get more CO2.

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The act of racking it releases CO2, so you are OK. Especially since you plan to get more CO2 tomorrow.

Here is a good reason to have two auto-siphon racking canes. One for regular use the other for back-up. Same could be said for bottles of gas.

I only have one of each but keep telling myself to buy another. Will do shortly, its bound to happen to me. I'll blow into a carboy cap if I have too. (got two std racking canes) I forgot I have a paintball tank w/ regulator. Hmmm!

SWMBO finally has stopped arguing with me about needing spare LP Tanks. She found out that having just one is bad. She was cooking when it ran out, duh!!!!

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Old 05-18-2009, 06:46 AM   #3
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+1 on extra tanks, both for Propane ("...and propane accessories") and for CO2. I was in the grocery store with my bride this afternoon when she said, "Hey, we don't need to buy anymore club soda, you have a CO2 tank!"

It brought a tear to my eye...

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I just went out this afternoon to get my second LP tank topped off, just to be sure. I always keep two of these full.

I was keeping a spare CO2 tank as well, but haven't been keeping up on since I haven't been brewing much, and I just wasn't paying enough attention to it.

Now with two brews in as many weeks, I need to get back on the ball. I'll drop off my tank for refill tomorow and pick up another rental.

I will pick up a new autosiphon from the LHBS next trip through, maybe even two. The old one is trashed I think, it really made me mad tonight.

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I was having a problem with my autosiphon and I found that it was the hose. I picked up some new hose and everything was fine.

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I was having a problem with my autosiphon and I found that it was the hose. I picked up some new hose and everything was fine.
Same here. Used a hose clamp. Smaller hose would work too. 5/16" OD. Dip the hose end in boiling water for a minute and it will press on with relative ease. 1/16th interference is damned good for no air leaks.
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the hose does seem a bit loose, I just bought new hose too

Maybe I'll get a clamp, or some new hose and try that before I chuck this thing. I'm still gonna get a new one though.

Well, off to the welding supply store for some CO2.

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the hose does seem a bit loose, I just bought new hose too

Maybe I'll get a clamp, or some new hose and try that before I chuck this thing. I'm still gonna get a new one though.

Well, off to the welding supply store for some CO2.
Its not a waste. Toss the hose or use it for recircing your mash. Put the clamp on the new one right away. I use the short pieces for racking off the primary buckets.

I have a 6-8" piece of hose attached to a long cane. I slip this on the drain valve and the cane goes into the carboy. No auto-siphon, just gravity. My primary drains are 3/4 - 1" off the bottom so I rarely get much yeast in the 2ndary.
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I was having a problem with my autosiphon and I found that it was the hose. I picked up some new hose and everything was fine.
+1. The hose I currently use is so tight it's a struggle to get on, but no more bubbles.
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+1. The hose I currently use is so tight it's a struggle to get on, but no more bubbles.
Boil one end and leave it on until you are ready to replace it. I have the same hose that I got two years ago.

I rack with carboy soaking-bleach-water, rinse with clean HOT water, sanitize it by recirculative racking in sanitizer. Rack beer, rinse by racking HOT water, then resanitize and hang dry.

Leave the auto-syphon unassembled to dry. Otherwise you risk fatiguing the wiper seal on the cane.

Its a lot frickin' racking, but I like to rack alot!
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