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Old 06-14-2010, 09:31 PM   #1
Aug 2009
Madison WI
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So Iím getting close to being ready to brew with some keggles and have a question about water height and dip tubes thatís been bugging me. So Iíve got a false bottom and dip tube in my MLT. I need about 3 gallons of water to cover the top of the compression fitting that attaches my dip tube to the keggle. If I donít have at least three gallons I canít start the siphon process. What do I do if I for some reason I donít have at least 3 gallons in my MLT? Maybe I had a stuck mash and got some of the liquid out, but am now below 3 gallons. Or maybe a recipe calls for a small volume of liquid for the sparging, like 2 gallons or something.

Can I restart the siphon with an auto siphon? How do you get around this problem?

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Old 06-15-2010, 02:14 AM   #2
I use secondaries. :p
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open the valve and squirt water up into it with a turkey baster. or garden hose if you fill the diptube, it'll start to siphon.
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Old 06-15-2010, 02:25 AM   #3
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Or tip the front of the keg foward until it starts coming out for a few seconds, then slowly set it back down. Should be light with only 3 gallons.
I personally just make sure I keep the level above the dip tube until final sparge. I much prefer having too much water at temp than not enough.
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