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Old 01-17-2007, 12:16 AM   #1
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What's the best way to siphon to secondary or bottling bucket without putting my mouth on the line and pretending I'm sucking gas out of a car?


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Old 01-17-2007, 12:51 AM   #2
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most people would say an auto siphon is the way to go. I'm too cheap, and never bought one. I have two ways- one is a carboy cap. It has two, well, nipple things. You put your racking cane in one and blow in the other. The positive pressure causes it to siphon out. If I'm using a bucket, I do it the old fashioned way- fill the entire sanitized tube with water. Pinch it off, put it on the racking cane, put the racking cane in the bucket, and put the end in an empty pitcher. I open it, and the water goes into the pitcher. When it flows to beer, I pinch off the end, and put it in the vessel I'm racking to. It sounds like a huge PITA, and it would be for most people. But this is the way I learned, so I don't find it difficult at all. It did take LOTS of practice, though.

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Old 01-17-2007, 01:08 AM   #3
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I use the auto siphon and it has improved my enjoyment of the hobby. It is the easiest way to siphon my beer that I've ever tried.
If you don't want to purchase another piece of equipment, lorenae's method of filling the racking cane and tubing with water works well.
Those carboy caps look like they would work great. I've never used one but I've thought about it.
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Old 01-17-2007, 01:22 AM   #4
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The carboy caps work perfectly; Walker's thread on his love affair with them is here http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=2910
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I use an auto siphon. It is money well spent and so easy.
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Old 01-17-2007, 03:09 AM   #6
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What's the best way to siphon to secondary or bottling bucket without putting my mouth on the line and pretending I'm sucking gas out of a car?
you're already using the best way ... before you suck, moisten a napkin with some cheap vodka and put it over the hose first. its takes 3 seconds.
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Thanks for all your replies. It is great having a forum such as this!
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I just used my mouth to start the siphon for racking my first brew.


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I got a kit with a auto siphon in it and due to the fact that I had a racking hose that was all wound up and I was trying to straighten it as I was pulling on the auto siphon which didnt quite work at which point I pushed down on the auto siphon, too hard, and pushed off the end of the siphon and then said screw it and used my mouth which I had to try three times because the beer had to go through loops and I could not see it working.

Nice run on huh.

Long story short I slobbered all over the siphon, but have been drinking some of the best beer I have ever had the last week or so.

I plan I truing one of those carboy caps that look very simple and easy for one person


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