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Old 10-19-2006, 05:22 PM   #1
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I am doing some research into home brewing before I actually jump into it. I'm still not completely sure what a racking cane is, I know it's a siphon tool but that's about it. Can someone explain to me exactly what it is and if it's essential or not?

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Old 10-19-2006, 05:29 PM   #2
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It's a hard plastic tube with a bend in the top, so as not to kink the syphon hose. While the hose would work to syphon, the hard cane lets you control the location of the pick-up end. Otherwise, the hose might get into the sludge at the bottom. The more sludge, the hazier the beeer, and the more sludge in the bottom of the bottles. This won't impress your friends when you show off what you made. I use a spring clamp or clothes pin to regulate depth of the racking cane.

I also cut the cane down from the bottom, so it just fits my deepest carboy. Easier to make a syphon with my turkey baster that way.

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Agree with that. The racking cane is a defininte requirement.

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Old 10-19-2006, 05:42 PM   #4
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Spend the extra few bucks for the auto-siphon. It's a racking cane that will prime itself. Well worth it

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Old 10-19-2006, 05:55 PM   #5
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Use plastic "Better Bottles" with spigots. No racking cane required. I broke mine a little while back and haven't replaced it yet.

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Old 10-19-2006, 06:02 PM   #6
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Define essential.

See the problem here is this-- I know that I can get good beer using jsut tube for my siphons. However, I can't imagine working without an autosiphon anymore-- it's just too handy.

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Old 10-19-2006, 06:02 PM   #7
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I agree with the auto-siphon route .... I have a racking cane that came with my kit that I have nevered used. If anything ever happens to my auto-siphon, I'll be on here in a hurry trying to find out how to use the thing.

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I had a suction problem at first too, until I read some article on brewing. Forgot what it was but basically you take a turkey baster, hold the siphon hose above the primary, slowly suck until you get the line, past the racking cane, full of brew. Then in one quick action, drop the hose into the secondary or bottling bucket. The weight of the beer in the line will draw a suction out of the racking cane and away you go. Has worked wonders for me.

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Old 10-19-2006, 08:31 PM   #9
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I had this same question when I was starting out and I've come to think they are an essential item. Auto-siphons are great too.

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Old 10-19-2006, 08:35 PM   #10
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the only essentials are barley, hops, water, and yeast. Everything else is for convenience and insurance.

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