I dont know how many of these I have gone through. I found that the secret to longer life is to never wash them in water thats any warmer then....well...uh...spit. Yeah thats it. I mean so luke warm its just above room temp. I even switched to a different brand, had a red cap at the bottom instead of black. It holds up fine, but loses its purge in the clutch when your too close to the crud to want to try and restart it without sucking crud, costing you a half gallon of sweet nectar. So, I went back to the standard black bottomed one, and its the smaller of the 2 sizes available. As soon as Im done using it i rinse it in lukewarm water, dry it and put it up. One trip in the dishwasher, or in some hot water in the sink, and the stress cracks appear. I never even gave thought about the infection angle.
Also, is there really a stainless steel auto siphon out there? Where?
Thanks folks FYI.....
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