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View Poll Results: Most often broken piece of brewing equipment?
Auto-siphon 52 14.40%
Hydrometer 178 49.31%
Carboy 10 2.77%
Airlock 15 4.16%
Racking cane 26 7.20%
Bottles 14 3.88%
Aeration stone 1 0.28%
Thermometer 51 14.13%
A mysterious and vulnerable piece of kegging equipment this bottling-only poster doesn't know about 2 0.55%
Other (vent below) 12 3.32%
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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I broke yet another auto-siphon last weekend . You may have heard the swearing. Clearly I'm a thick-handed klutz who shouldn't be allowed near semi-delicate plastic, but which is your most-often-broken piece of brewing equipment?
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:36 PM   #2
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I gave up on auto siphons. I break them too much for my own good. I now use the carboy cap with the stainless racking cane and the sterile filter. My big lungs make short work of it.

But I think that hydrometers break more than almost anything.

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Old 06-17-2009, 03:40 PM   #3
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4 brews, 4 hydrometers...

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Old 06-17-2009, 03:41 PM   #4
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I've lost count of the thermometers that have given their lives in service of my beer....I've also lost count on the number of rants I've posted about said busted cheap-ass thermometers.....
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:43 PM   #5
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I clicked "thermometer", because two of my digital ones have failed (I got a refund, though) through no fault of my own...and I've broken a couple floating thermometers too.
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:44 PM   #6

I've broken one hydrometer and one auto-siphon.

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Old 06-17-2009, 03:46 PM   #7
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The floating thermometers are preprogrammed to break on their second use triggering another 'is my brew contaminated with lead' thread.

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Old 06-17-2009, 03:52 PM   #8
Feb 2008
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Auto-siphons are right up there with those carboy blocks


Practice siphoning with water/star-san until you are a master

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Old 06-17-2009, 03:52 PM   #9
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I have gone through so many thermometers since I started brewing. They break, I drop them in hot wort, they become completely inaccurate. The list goes on. Hopefully my Thermapen (with wrist strap) will hold up.

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Old 06-17-2009, 03:53 PM   #10
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I've broken one floating thermo and lost one digital one, Of course the wife good cooking one, and had one fail out of the package (walmart). I've taken pretty good care of my Hydro keeping in the padded tube it came in. But I feel it's doom coming soon as I've now lost said padded package.
I don't know how one breaks an autosiphon.
And I can't for the life of me understand those that call them useless. It is my most beloved piece of brewing equipment I own! I could sub in a makeshift component for any other aspect other than this.
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