Originally Posted by Conan
My valve bit came out, too. I finally got it working again and it removed itself after 2-3 brews. The valve is really just a flat plastic disc with two barbed legs that stick down and 'lock' it from floating around inside the siphon.
That siphon is littered with stress cracks in the outer tube. It's terrible- just like my wine thief, which is finally officially cracking all the way through. I recently picked up the 1/2" siphon instead of the 3/8" and it's definitely worth it. Transfer times are notably less with the big boy. Kyle
You all must have a different autosiphon than mine there are no valves in mine. There is a cane that has a 90 degree bend at the top and a rubber grommet? at the bottom. It fits in a tube that has a fitting on the end that has a cap to keep the opening above the trub.
I will be getting a larger ID in with the next one.