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Old 07-06-2010, 05:54 AM   #11
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how often do you practice with water? that would help instead of making your practice time the real deal. it helps for me to get the hang of the autosiphon.
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:53 PM   #12
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I must be doing it wrong because every time I rack from the brew pot to the fermenter I get hops clogged in the auto-siphon. After cooling, I stir in order to create a whirlpool and let it sit for 15 minutes. I try to hold the siphon high in order to avoid any hop remnants, I use plugs. But bits of hops get caught. I do 3 gal. boils so that may affect it too.
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:53 PM   #13
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why siphon from the kettle at all?

just pour through a strainer into your bucket (use a funnel if going into a carboy). You will lose some wort using a siphon and you want all the wort you can get!
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why siphon from the kettle at all?

just pour through a strainer into your bucket (use a funnel if going into a carboy). You will lose some wort using a siphon and you want all the wort you can get!
I had brewed years ago so i went with the old school way of doing things. My next batch I am just dumping into the fermenter.
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Old 07-06-2010, 02:57 PM   #16
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I got me a half-incher that cuts racking time down to maybe 90 seconds.
There's a sex joke in here somewhere.
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Old 07-06-2010, 03:22 PM   #17
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I used siphons too for 2 years. Broke both. Now I use plain ole tubing. For 10 Gallon batches I rack with 3/8" ID tubing for speed. Other wise it's 1/4". One single piece of tubing filled with starsan and thumbs over both ends. Hold "out" side low and place "from" end into carboy. Release thumb over low end as you drop it into the keg. Voila. 1 piece of vinyl tubing to rise out and swing to dry.
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I use an auto-siphon and a few minutes before I rack I place a book or something else under my bucket to tilt it and have all the trub settle on one side... that way I don't get any junk sucked up by the siphon and flows smoothly...
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fermenter to fermenter, fermenter to bottling bucket - AutoSiphon

Kettle to Fermenter? use a valve on the kettle, or pour (carefully) into wide funnel - splashing of cooled wort is encouraged!
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If it's trub you're worried about going from fermenter to bottling bucket get a paint strainer bag and put it on the end of the auto-siphon. I heard that tip here somewhere and since I started doing it little to know trub makes it into my bottling bucket.
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