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Old 05-31-2010, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default How do you siphon from 1 gallon jugs??? grr!

autosiphon doesn't fit. i tried starting a siphon with my mouth out of frustration but failed luckily. what are my options?
i got a few little juggs for experimenting and such but how to siphon my precious beer?

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Old 05-31-2010, 11:34 PM   #2
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Here's a crappy online picture, but I bought a mini-autosiphon.



It's made for gallon racking.

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Fill sanitized tubing with water, leaving about and inch open from the end you put in the jug. Obviously clamp the other end.
Put the tubing in the jug and slowly release the clamp and drain the water out until you get to your beer. It is a little tricky but as long as you control the clamp you should not lose very much beer.
It is worth a try!

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i kinda figured they made a mini auto siphon. guess i'll go that route. i'll give your idea a try for tonite though Kevin. Thanks.

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Fill sanitized tubing with water, leaving about and inch open from the end you put in the jug. Obviously clamp the other end.
Put the tubing in the jug and slowly release the clamp and drain the water out until you get to your beer. It is a little tricky but as long as you control the clamp you should not lose very much beer.
It is worth a try!
Agree with this method, minimal equipment!

I just practiced a few times with water first. I even used some flat coca-cola once so I could get the hang of when to clamp it. Easy as pie.
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Weird, my autosiphon fits just fine.

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Fill sanitized tubing with water, leaving about and inch open from the end you put in the jug. Obviously clamp the other end.
Put the tubing in the jug and slowly release the clamp and drain the water out until you get to your beer. It is a little tricky but as long as you control the clamp you should not lose very much beer.
It is worth a try!
Clamp? That is why God gave us thumbs. Just put you thumb over the end of the tube.
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I like the "T" device too. Just install a Stainless T at the end of your hose. Cover the end with your thumb, and suck on the end of the branch. When the siphon gets going, release your thumb, and clamp the end you sucked on.

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Fill sanitized tubing with water, leaving about and inch open from the end you put in the jug. Obviously clamp the other end.
Put the tubing in the jug and slowly release the clamp and drain the water out until you get to your beer. It is a little tricky but as long as you control the clamp you should not lose very much beer.
It is worth a try!
After having two auto siphons fail with the little piece in the end falling out (second one after it's 3rd use) I've given up on them. I take a 5ft or so length of 3/8 ID tubing, fill with starsan and put my thumbs over either end. Place one end in my vessel holding the brew with my thumb still over the other end making sure to keep it lower then the end in the brew. This ensures the water won't run out that side. Then release my thumb as I drop the tubing into the new vessel (keg). The minimal amount of starsan getting into my keg is of no concern.
One little piece of tubing to rinse out is much easier than cleaning an autosiphon


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Weird, my autosiphon fits just fine.
+ this when I had an autosiphon. No problems fitting it into 1G Growlers for meade.
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fill tubing with sanitized water... its a bit messy.

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