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Old 12-07-2011, 05:07 AM   #1
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Does the bucket with the beer HAVE to be higher than the carboy I'm siphoning into? I have about 6gallons of beer in my glass carboy sitting on a floor. I'm afraid that if I lift it to bring it to an elevated position I'll activate the yeast and mix alot of the gunk that I'm trying to get rid of. Please help!

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Old 12-07-2011, 05:11 AM   #2
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Yes, siphoning uses gravity to create a pressure differential

Lift the carboy high and let it stand there before you siphon, gravity does all the work for you!!

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Old 12-07-2011, 05:28 AM   #3
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yes the only thing that drives flow in a siphon is the difference in heights of the top of the liquids I could get into the math if you want...

the best you could do is drain half of it theoretically

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Old 12-07-2011, 05:36 AM   #4
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I got down to around 5 inches into the carboy and accidentaly took the siphon out of the beer side for a second. The siphon stopped, and I've tried 4 times now to get it working again but it doesn't seem like theres enough pressure and there's at least 4 inches left of good beer in the carboy any suggestions?!?

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Old 12-07-2011, 05:47 AM   #5
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quick bump I'm in the process at the moment. any help or suggestions?!?!

(freaking out a bit)

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Old 12-07-2011, 05:54 AM   #6
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Invest in an auto-siphon for next time, cheap and makes life so much easier!

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Old 12-07-2011, 06:04 AM   #7
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I agree with Chad. You can keep trying to get it going and hopefully it will work out. The auto-siphon though... way of the future.

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Old 12-07-2011, 06:10 AM   #8
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are you using your mouth to start the siphon? If so... SUCK HARDER!!!!!!

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Old 12-07-2011, 06:15 AM   #9
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lol F*** guys I got pissed and decided to throw the 4 inches of brew away. I hate that siphon with a passion. I'll get an auto siphon ASAP.

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Old 12-07-2011, 06:25 AM   #10
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I don't like the auto siphons.. I use the three piece with the T in it. Grab a couple of old milk crates and set your carboys down in. That gives you a couple of handles to use to lift em. If you are slow and careful when moving them, you will stir up virtually nothing. The worst thing I have done when moving em is to twist or "spin" the carboy. That seems to REALLY stir it up. Also remember that anything that has settled out, will drop back out very quickly. Just set it on a table or something 15-20 mins before you wanna siphon it and you should be fine.

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