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Old 02-16-2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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Anyone seen one at an online purveyor? I have looked and searched through the forums and haven't had any luck. I'm tired of breaking the cheap plastic ones.

If someone has other ideas/equipment for a higher quality auto siphon would be appreciated.


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If you are breaking them trying to remove the hose for cleaning....

A good way to not break your autosiphon is to cut off the hose end about 1/2" from the end of the racking cane with scissors. once the majority is cut off, you can put a slice in it again with scissors and it will slide right off.


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I've been using them for a long time, and have yet to break one. Perhaps sword fighting with them, not the best idea...
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My problem is when I try to remove the hose from the racking cane after use. I now know to use a bit of mineral oil on the cane before putting the hose on but wanted to see if anyone has seen a better product/method than the plastic canes.
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My problem is when I try to remove the hose from the racking cane after use. I now know to use a bit of mineral oil on the cane before putting the hose on but wanted to see if anyone has seen a better product/method than the plastic canes.
A quick soak in some hot water will allow the tubing to slide right off. Not sure about a SS autosiphon. I've seen SS racking canes, but fermtech seems to have a patent or something on the autosiphon, and from what my quick google ninja skillz turn up, they don't make them in SS.
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Why don't you leave the tubing on? I just soak the cane and tubing in my mashtun (52qt. cooler), it has never been taken off.
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I've broken two as well.

Side note: I thought about trying to make a temp safe more rigid one out of a cpvc housing and a SS racking cane, but never followed through. I used to want one that withstood hot temps to transfer wort straight from boil kettle through a plate chiller.
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If the sink is close, just prime your SS racking cane and go to town. I went through 2 plastic racking canes then tried the auto siphon, it worked but I didn't like the air leakage so I went back to the cane in SS. I would be willing to trade my mother in law for another one.
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Wild-I thought about just leaving it on but figured it would be much safer, sanitarily speaking, to remove it

Evan-I've heard and actually noticed that hot water makes the plastic racking cane more brittle so although it expands the tubing, it makes breaking the cane easier.

Thanks for all of the responses. I'm going to use some mineral oil on the cane before putting the tubing on and will report back.
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I leave my tube on and clean it promptly after each use. I might suggest you do find one of the long racking cane brushes to help with any pesky bits.


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