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Old 06-04-2012, 10:58 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone has any tips for sanitizing an auto siphon and associated tubing. I was thinking of just pumping a star San solution from my bottling bucket through the siphon and tubing, then letting it dry out a bit. Any input on this will be appreciated.

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Old 06-04-2012, 11:10 PM   #2
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:19 PM   #3
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i just pump it through, but i pull the cane all the way to top to get every corner inside then just wipe down the outside with my hand.. then after i use it, rinse with water then it gets another starsan treatment then put back.. everytime i oxy-clean a carboy i siphon it all out through auto siphon just for a good scrubbing... then rinse really good, star-san and put away..

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Old 06-04-2012, 11:31 PM   #4
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I got a flower box planter from Lowes.
About 2-3 feet long, plastic tray.

Works great.
Cost $4 or so.

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Old 06-04-2012, 11:34 PM   #5
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Suppose I'm transferring a batch into a carboy for secondary fermentation. I fill the carboy with a starsan solution, then use the auto-siphon to move the solution from the carboy to an empty bucket. I'll spray the outside of the auto-siphon with starsan solution in a spray bottle, and now the carboy and auto-siphon are sanitized, ready to go. I'll also put the airlock and stopper into the receiving bucket so they get sanitized too.

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Old 06-04-2012, 11:47 PM   #6
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First I soak the siphon and tubing in a 5 gallon bucket for a few minutes to santitize the outside since it will be imerged in the beer. Then I just use the auto siphon to transfer the starsan from one bucket to another. It's simple and has not yet caused any problems.

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Old 06-05-2012, 12:11 AM   #7
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I bought a thin walled 52 quart plastic storage container. I can place a bucket or carboy on its side or the autosiphon from corner to corner. I can also fit 50 bottles at once in it.

Now I have two. I can have PBW in one and StarSan in the other.

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Old 06-05-2012, 01:02 AM   #8
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Stick the end in the bucket of starsan and pump through the tubing with the end of the tubing still in the bucket. Stick my hand in the starsan and make sure the entire exterior of the siphon is wet. Done. Don't let it dry. It's useless if its dry.

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Old 06-05-2012, 01:13 AM   #9
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I was wondering if anyone has any tips for sanitizing an auto siphon and associated tubing. I was thinking of just pumping a star San solution from my bottling bucket through the siphon and tubing, then letting it dry out a bit. Any input on this will be appreciated.
Remember, Star San is a wet contact solution. You don't want it to dry out. Also, I second the wall paper tray. They're like a buck or two at Sherman Williams paint stores.
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Old 06-05-2012, 01:48 AM   #10
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I have a fermenter that had to be retired because of a crack in the lid. If I'm bottling I mix my star san in the bottling bucket, put the siphon in, rub solution all over the exterior with my hand and siphon into the old fermenter. I end up reusing it several times for different things.

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