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Old 02-23-2011, 01:07 PM   #91
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you have got to be an engineer... awesome!


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Old 03-02-2011, 02:06 AM   #92
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I made one several months ago, I think for my first batch of beer. I had to use two hose clamps though, one on the part that goes to your mouth and the other below the T to prevent all the suction from just drawing in air from the vessel you're racking to.


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Old 03-02-2011, 04:01 AM   #93
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I just pinch the hose below the T until siphon gets going. I've got a clamp on the mouth end though.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:31 PM   #94
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I love this idea. However, when I initiate the siphon, there is some air space in the tube right below where it connects to the racking cane. The air bubble eventually goes away as the siphon continues, but I am wondering if I can do something to ameliorate this unwanted aeration. I tried sucking harder to get more flow, but to not avail.

Is this just an unavoidable issue because the internal diameter of my hose is bigger than the racking cane? I am using a 3/8" stainless steel cane and 3/8" silicone tubing.

I am a newbie to homebrewing and siphoning.

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Old 04-13-2011, 11:02 PM   #95
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One other question:

I can get the t-siphon going when the outlet end is inserted in water so no air comes in during the suck.

When I try to do the pinch below the 't' technique, no success. Any suggestions?

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Old 04-13-2011, 11:34 PM   #96
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I remember seeing this years ago and thinking it was swuft. In the meantime I've broke three Autosiphons. In fact I'd forgot about it for so long that it didn't immediately register that this was an old thread until I was halfway though it. Mayhaps I'll get around to trying this someday and by then I'll forget about it again and think it was my own idea.
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Old 04-25-2011, 03:34 PM   #97
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One other question:

I can get the t-siphon going when the outlet end is inserted in water so no air comes in during the suck.

When I try to do the pinch below the 't' technique, no success. Any suggestions?

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Pinch harder, fold the tube, or get a second plastic clamp for the lower tube.


Using this setup the other day I noticed once started, if the upper tube isn't clamped it pulls in quite a lot of air. Do you think leaving it unclamped and using the cane to transfer the wort to the fermenter prior to pitching yeast would be a good way to aerate it?
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:15 PM   #98
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Pinch harder, fold the tube, or get a second plastic clamp for the lower tube.


Using this setup the other day I noticed once started, if the upper tube isn't clamped it pulls in quite a lot of air. Do you think leaving it unclamped and using the cane to transfer the wort to the fermenter prior to pitching yeast would be a good way to aerate it?
I actually had the lower tube folded over sometimes, pinched others, no dice. I tried at least twenty times. I am using 3/8" silicone tubing with a 3/8" stainless racking cane. This tubing is really easy to pinch off, yet it doesn't collapse at all under pressure. I am not sure what is wrong with my setup.

EDIT: I figured out what was wrong: no hose clamp and air was getting sucked in where it connects to the racking cane.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:50 AM   #99
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I know this is years after the original post, but where do you buy the T?
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:38 AM   #100
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Any big box hardware store.


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