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Old 11-13-2008, 02:56 AM   #1
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When transferring from primary to secondary, assuming primary is a plastic fermenter, do most people use the spout at the bottom with a tube attached or do you use a racking cane (auto siphon) to transfer to a secondary fermenter? I've been using the spout and most of the trub rests on the bottom of the primary...but I'm wondering if it's better to siphon to avoid trub from entering the secondary. What does everyone here do?

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Old 11-13-2008, 03:14 AM   #2
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When transferring from primary to secondary, assuming primary is a plastic fermenter, do most people use the spout at the bottom with a tube attached or do you use a racking cane (auto siphon) to transfer to a secondary fermenter? I've been using the spout and most of the trub rests on the bottom of the primary...but I'm wondering if it's better to siphon to avoid trub from entering the secondary. What does everyone here do?
Most people siphon. I don't often use a bottling bucket with a spigot as a primary, but I have in a pinch when all of my other fermenters were full.

The idea of racking is to remove the beer from the trub, so a siphon is ideal.
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:56 AM   #3
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ditto. siphon.

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I'm actually a fan of the spigot. I don't get any trub carried over to the racking tube (and if any does, it's as simple as stopping the flow before it gets into the secondary.)

Less to clean, less parts, less worry.

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If you are racking using a straight plastic cane or a hose attach a clip-on clothes pin to it to keep the cane/hose from sitting on the bottom.

I use a spring clamp on my autosyphon to regulate the depth.

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