Friggin whole dry hops clogging the auto siphon... introducing a bunch of o2 into the racking cane. Had to ditch it after a few tries with a ton of bubbles. On to sucking on the hose, dipping the end in star san and into the bottling bucket. Coaxed another couple gallons out this way with little issue then more clogging. Scooped a bunch of hops out and squeezed another gallon. Then tried a sanitized hop bag over the end of the racking cane with little success. Removed that then more sucking on the hose, hands in beer, trying to keep everything clean. Ended up with 1.65 cases of beer from 5.25 gallons in the fermenter. What a shame considering this was my first all grain and my best to date. How do I know? I downed the equivalent of 3 bottles sucking on the siphon hose.
The entire time I'm going through the process, I'm thinking what a disaster after zero issues my first half dozen brews. Funny thing is, I'm learning it really is hard to ruin a brew. There's a chance this batch will be contaminated, overcarbed, and oxidized, yet somehow I think it'll turn out to be my best yet.