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Old 09-20-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
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Racking first mead to secondary today. My auto siphon has a red cap on the end. Do I leave that on for the siphon? It seems like it might help keep out more lees. Pictures:

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Old 09-20-2012, 12:05 PM   #2
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Leave it on.

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Old 09-20-2012, 12:11 PM   #3
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Cap stays on. If you hit the bottom during racking, you won't siphon the yeast/trub.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:00 PM   #4
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I love those caps... they crown down to the bottom so the LOWEST level of liquid you are picking up is still above the trub. Works GREAT to siphon beer off the trub and leave MINIMAL beer/trub juice at the bottom.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:00 PM   #5
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Well now I feel dumb. I threw those caps out didnt realize they should stay on.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:03 PM   #6
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Pretty much every homebrew shop sells replacement caps. It's just one of those parts that always seems to get lost.

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Old 09-20-2012, 05:40 PM   #7
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Well now I feel dumb. I threw those caps out didnt realize they should stay on.
Well some people take them off and toss them on purpose, not everyone likes them. I for one, think they are great, I have never had an issue with trub whatsoever just using the cap as the guide to hit the bottom.

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Pretty much every homebrew shop sells replacement caps. It's just one of those parts that always seems to get lost.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:09 PM   #8
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Thanks all. I wasn't sure because it was red and looked like maybe a cheap packaging cap but it also looked like it could still siphon with it on. That clears it up!

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Old 09-21-2012, 12:24 AM   #9
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mine stays on all the time, except when cleaning.

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Old 09-21-2012, 03:15 AM   #10
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Siphoning with cap on went off without a hitch. It worked great because the cap kept a lot of the loose leaf green tea leaves I had put in from transferring to the secondary as well.

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