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Old 06-25-2011, 11:52 PM   #11
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I would use one, siphon hot liquids, brett, lacto, and other nasty bugs ... this would be a winner.
Those are some of the areas where I think the SS version would really 'shine'.

Now that I know there's at least some interest, I'll work on this more.

Keep the feedback coming guys.

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Old 06-26-2011, 12:16 AM   #12
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I've always wanted to make one. Plastic wears out on me every year. A stainless version would sell like crazy. I guess it would sell to the brewers that brew enough to warrent one.
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:50 AM   #13
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I would like to see a 1/2" version and like everyone else said a silicone tubing and seals would be great. I use 1/2" silicone for everything.

 
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Old 06-26-2011, 03:20 PM   #14
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Stainless would be a great option for an autosiphon, if, as has been mentioned, the price is not absurd. I would love one. It will be interesting to see what kind of design you come up with. 1/2" looks like a good choice. 3/8" seems to take a long time to drain even five gallons, and using that for a ten gallon batch does not seem practical. Good luck with your project, it is a sound idea.

 
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:38 PM   #15
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Here's another thought, If the cost of making a "typical" total SS auto-siphon would be too high but people are interested in a 1/2" model for use with silicon tubing, why not make a hand operated peristaltic starter? It could just be a few wheels that are in a device you just grip and slide down the tube to start the siphon, spring loaded to disengage. Then all you'd need to provide would be a 1/2" cane with a tip. Easier to clean with fewer product contact parts. Might not work but just a thought.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peristaltic_pump


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Old 06-26-2011, 06:47 PM   #16
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I'm sure a SS autosiphon would cost a fair bit. A lot of people are stating if it's not too expensive, but it'd be nice to know what people think is too expensive, as it may not be that realistic. Even a plastic autosiphon is hardly what could be called inexpensive, and for SS you'd be looking at minimum several times (probably many times) the cost.

Which, personally, I wouldn't mind paying a fair bit. I've spent quite a bit of money on my brewing equipment, and several hundred dollars just for stainless steel quick disconnects - I've paid quite a premium to go with stainless/silicone everywhere I possibly could. But I know many people are a lot more frugal than I am...

 
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:00 PM   #17
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I would be willing to pay between $75 and $100. I think that reasonable and acceptable.

 
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:03 PM   #18
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I see the hardest part as being the one way valve at the bottom of the outer tube and getting a good seal to the cane. I've given thought to both and have designs in my head for both. It will all come down to how much work it will be to make both items. I've given thought to the way to retain the seal at the bottom of the cane. Depending on the level of work involved will determine the cosr of the item.

I want this item to be as simple as possible to both make and maintain. The less moving parts the better. I'm also looking to make it compact similar to the plastic offerings. I don't see this as a complicated item, just a matter of getting a working design.
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:45 PM   #19
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I've got a couple of ideas how you can accomplish the one way valve if your interested or taking ideas. If you need I can whip up a cad file and send it over too.

 
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:55 PM   #20
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Shoot me a PM with an email address. So we can discuss. Right now I'm willing to review any ideas for the guts. I already have ideas for parts but the valve part is rather important. It also needs to be designed so that its easy to clean and sanitize fully. Especially for people who will be using bugs with it (and then wanting to use it for regular brews).
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