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Old 11-18-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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Default Can't fit it in the hole! Alternative siphon methods?

To date I have only ever brewed 5 gallon batches. I am currently making a 5 gall cider though and the cider came in nice 1 gallon glass "carboys" for lack of a better word. I decided to make a bunch of mini batches of various brews in them with classy balloon airlocks (never used those either).

Anyway, I just realized my auto siphon doesn't fit in the hole at the top and I am guessing its not too bright of an idea to just stick my maw on one side of a siphon hose and suck. What other methods have people used to rack it off the lees when you have run into this problem?

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Old 11-18-2012, 03:13 PM   #2
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Do you have a bottling wand and a siphon hose clamp? You could use it a like a mini racking cane. Use your mouth to fill the line with sanitizer and then clamp it off. Then you can rack without sanitation issues.

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Old 11-18-2012, 03:20 PM   #3
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Not a bad idea. That sounds entirely doable. Not too excited about learning what straight starsan tastes like but I will survive lol.

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If you're careful, you can do it without getting star san in your mouth. That's how I rack all the time, I don't have an auto siphon.

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Pretty sure the shorter autosiphon will fit in there. I'll have to check the one I have and report back. If you're interested that is.

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Pretty sure the shorter autosiphon will fit in there. I'll have to check the one I have and report back. If you're interested that is.
Sure. I only have a monster ginormous one so would be interested in case I make more of these mini batches. Might be worth buying one.
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It fits...

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Yes, the smaller autosiphon is specifically made to be used in wine jugs.

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Cool beans. Those are the exact same jugs from the looks of it too. Thanks.

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Yeah, haven't used them in well over a year. Been sitting in one of the closets where I live now since I unpacked them (until today). I don't bother with 1 gallon batches anymore. Absolute smallest batch size I'll go for is 3 gallons. More often I'll make a 4-4.5 gallon batch of mead (or something other than beer). IME, 1 gallon batches are pretty much the same amount of effort to get to finish, but you get only a few bottles in the end.

BTW, the jar behind the jug is the second batch of vanilla extract I'm making. Started it last night. Need to get more vodka in there (getting some today).

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