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Old 06-05-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
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I have just finished sorting out my fourth batch and I'm having a bast! (but I think fermenting beer all over the house is getting to my other half's nerves) One thing that has been a thorn in my side throughout the whole process has been siphoning (this could gave something to do with the fact that I am still using the suck it yourself syphon from my first kit) I am due to extend my fermenting capacity and am looking at fermentation bins with taps! Now I have heard lots about siphoning from siphon types to techniques, but very little where people use a tap to bottle or transfer there brew?

So tell me, what's your feelings on siphon vs tap?

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Old 06-05-2011, 03:40 PM   #2
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I siphon. Taps might leak.


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Old 06-05-2011, 03:43 PM   #3
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Look at Williams brewing fermenting buckets they have a valve on them that helps keep yeast and hops from being sucked in.
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:31 PM   #4
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Both of my fermenters have taps that are just far enough above the bottom to leave the trub behind. I connect the right size tubing to the tap,then into the bottom of a bottling bucket I made with an airlock grommet. It has an Italian tap with a small stepped spout of red plastic in this thick lugged body that needs a 1" hole to connect.
I used the Dremel to cut out the marked hole that just touches the black line under the logo & text (the one with the beer,wine,grapes pic on front). The tap came with 2 seals & the jam nut. So I can siphon to about 1/2" or so from the bottom,& tip a little to get all but the last 1/8" with a little gritty stuff left.
So,I just take the 5/16" tube for my auto siphon & connect it to the step on the tap,& bottling wand on the other end.
It can hold some 7G clear full,so I can easily use it for either the 5G FV,or my cooper's FV,which can do up to 25L (6.6G). I just bottled my wife's ale yesterday,& it's just slightly hazy. So it works pretty good,& no leaks or siphoning woes.
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Auto siphon. That's it.

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