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Old 12-10-2009, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default Why Autosiphon?

I have read on here ,over and over, advice to get an autosiphon. I mean to the extent one would think it is some magical device. Well, I bought one and promptly left it an hour away when I bottled my beer. So, I used the regular old fill up a siphon tube method that has worked since the beginning of time (with sanitzer water for hygiene sake). Worked like a charm. Do some people find this extremely difficult to do without an autosiphon? Or did I just spend my youth in more delinquent ways than most and find my siphoning is above average? LOL!

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Old 12-10-2009, 05:34 PM   #2
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well, you can do it however, but the autosiphon couldn't be easier... one pump and you're in siphon heaven. and yes, it seems you have above average siphoning ability.

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Old 12-10-2009, 05:38 PM   #3
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I just started using one after 8 batches of beer because sometimes when you are nearing the bottom I will lose the siphon when watching for sediment. It is easier to get started again. Also the magic little bottle filler I just got fits on a larger hose than the one that came with my starter kit so I had to get a new racking cane ane everything anyway.

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Hmmm...just tried the autosiphon on a bucket of water...It is easy but it took like a few seconds less than starting a siphon.

My siphon technique...

stick racking cane in bucket
lay tubing in whatever fluid you want to start with (sanitizer water) submerging entire tube and both ends.
pick up tubing holdin thumbs over ends or keping thme level. With thumb over one end attach other end to cane.
Lower tubing and put in a cup or whatever until beer starts.

presto....

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Old 12-10-2009, 05:41 PM   #5
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Certainly the fill-up the tube thing works. But with the autosiphon I don't have to fill anything up. I remove it from my bucket of sanitizer, pump it once and watch it siphon.

Just one of those things that makes things a little easier.

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I can see if you lose suction a few times how it would be worth having. I am glad I got it whether it gets used everytime or not.

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I transfer the starsan from my keg to a bucket with Autosiphon. When keg is empty I put it in the carboy and the hose in the keg and pump. I had to use a normal Hose last time because my AS broke. It wasn't a big deal, but the autosiphon IMO is worht the $15. I have a 1/2" one this time one it's way from NB to replace the broken one.

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I just started using one after 8 batches of beer because sometimes when you are nearing the bottom I will lose the siphon when watching for sediment. It is easier to get started again.

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an auto syphon would be nice, but Im not running out the door to get one. Not worth the cost for me right now, when I have some plastic tubing that will work just as well

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I also use it to sanitarily (new word) pump yeast slurry from the carboy to the mason jar. It reduces the chance of picking up nasties on the carboy neck. I can also pump sanitizer from inside my keg back into the posts and diptubes without using CO2. It doesn't require that you catch the first 4 ounce of liquid, stop the flow, then drop into your destination vessel. I mean, it's $12 to make life easier, but not the holy grail.

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