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Old 06-08-2011, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default So I probably need to replace my auto-siphon then, eh?

Second time using my auto-siphon I ordered from AHS, I got it clogged with hops. Not so clogged it didn't work, I was still able to finish the job. But cleaning it, in order to get the last little leaf fragment out, I ended up semi-accidentally popping out this little black plastic piece in the tip. I wasn't sure it was important, but assumed it was. After failing to get it back in, I set it aside (this was after a brewing session, so I was tired!) and figured I'd fix it with tweezers or something next time I needed it.

Now I can't find that little piece, and yes, the auto-siphon doesn't work without it. Do they sell replacements for that little bit, or am I better off just dropping by the LHBS and shelling out for a new one?


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Old 06-08-2011, 01:16 PM   #2
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Oh! I found it!

Yeah, I put it somewhere I knew that neither the cats, nor the kids, nor even my wife would happen upon it and mess with it -- which meant I barely remembered where it was either. heh.

Now for the tricky part, getting it back in... Hmmm..


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Old 06-08-2011, 01:40 PM   #4
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Try wrapping a 1gal paint strainer bag or some other filtering mechanism around the tip to filter out the hops.
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Try wrapping a 1gal paint strainer bag or some other filtering mechanism around the tip to filter out the hops.
Will try that next time...

I have a wild idea for how to get it back in, but my 4 month old son keeps interrupting. Grrrr....
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:26 PM   #6
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I use a 5 gallon paint strainer from Lowes. It works awesome when you transfer from a carboy as it actually forms a seal around the opening keeping nasties and fruit flies out.


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Old 06-08-2011, 06:50 PM   #7
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The little oval plastic piece with two snap hooks on it?

If yes to above the best way to get it back in is to pull out the cane, drop the piece in and then take a needle nose pair of pliers and put it in position so that one of the snap hooks is in the slot its supposed to be in. Then take a socket from a socket wrench set that will fit down the tube and drop it in there while holding the tube at an angle so it doesnt drop super fast. When it hits the plastic oval it will pop it into place assuming you had the first hook in the right place. Works every time I try it.
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:08 PM   #8
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I use a paint strainer bag or a voile bag also, but I put a little sink strainer inside the bag, so the tip of the siphon sits in the curve of the sink strainer, and the sides flare out so the hops don't clog the tip of the siphon or collect on the bag around the siphon, which can also stop the suction.

Here is a pic of the strainer, so you can kind of see what I mean. I got the idea from someone on here, and they also used a rubber band at the bottom to hold the bag & strainer tight to the siphon. I haven't had any issues just holding the bag tight.

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I had the same trouble with my auto siphon during my last brew session. I eventually gave up on it and bought a new one. Wish i had seen the advice by shushikiary earlier
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the easiest way I found to put it back in is to use a 1/4 dowel about 3 ft long then stand the dowel on its end then put the plastic piece on the end then slowly slid the cane tub onto the dowel and guide it into the snaps.


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