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Old 06-30-2009, 09:35 PM   #11
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My auto-siphon has probably been my best purchase so far.

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:18 PM   #12
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I think the autosiphon was the best gadget I have bought so far. No mess when siphoning, easy to clean, keeps the trub out and is super quick and easy to use. The only thing I don't like about it is that the inside tubes are slightly fragile but will not break as long as you treat them with a little respect. I would def get one. Mine is 3/8 and it works fine for a 5 gal batch.
It's funny you say this because mine broke the very first time I used it.

While we are on the subject, are there any good ways to siphon WITHOUT using the auto-siphon? Someone said to fill the tubing with water first and then that will start the siphon without having to put your mouth on the tubing, but I don't understand how you can fill the tubing with water and get it into the beer without water going into the beer...?
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:21 PM   #13
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so can someone tell me, do i need a racking cane for this auto-siphon (the one on austin home brew)

Or just need auto siphon and siphon tube?
I currently have 3/8", but want to get 1/2" auto and tube, but need to know if I need racking cane also.

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:23 PM   #14
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but I don't understand how you can fill the tubing with water and get it into the beer without water going into the beer...?
maybe like you do to a straw? fill it up, put finger on one end, put other end in source vessel, then lower the end with finger below height of source.. etc. etc.
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:32 PM   #15
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so can someone tell me, do i need a racking cane for this auto-siphon (the one on austin home brew)

Or just need auto siphon and siphon tube?
I currently have 3/8", but want to get 1/2" auto and tube, but need to know if I need racking cane also.
When I bought my autosiphons, they came with the racking cane insert. It has a special rubber-type end on it to create the suction/pressure to start the siphon. So all you need is the "auto-siphon" and the appropriate hosing.


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Old 06-30-2009, 10:46 PM   #16
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You do not need a racking cane, just some extra hose.

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:47 PM   #17
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AutoSiphon! One of the best gadgets I have bought. I have the 1/2 inch model.

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:49 PM   #18
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While we are on the subject, are there any good ways to siphon WITHOUT using the auto-siphon? Someone said to fill the tubing with water first and then that will start the siphon without having to put your mouth on the tubing, but I don't understand how you can fill the tubing with water and get it into the beer without water going into the beer...?
You don't fill the entire tubing with water, just enough in the end portion to get the siphon going.
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:25 PM   #19
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I tried the whole water in the tube to start the siphon and I could never get it to work well. I felt all I did was contaminate the siphon tubing by messing around with it. Maybe some people have this down but I would rather not worry about it and concentrate on other things while brewing.

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Old 06-30-2009, 11:25 PM   #20
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The equipment kit I bought from Midwest came with one, and I can't imagine not having one. I'm still on my first brew, and I've already used it three times. Because I'm new, I'm PARANOID about keeping things sanitized, and that is the only issue I have with this, I have to fill the autosiphon with sanitizer, fill the hose that is attached, then seal off the hose for 20 minutes while the sanitizer does it's thing. Definitely highly recommended though.

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