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Old 06-23-2011, 07:14 PM   #101
Jun 2011
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Originally Posted by weirdboy View Post
One thing that springs to mind that would solve both the "getting the siphon started" issue as well as the "air pocket" problem would be instead of just a regular t-connector, use a three-way valve. I did a quick search online and found these n

Something along similar lines and

A mini check vale will allow some beer to come into the "suck" tube but once you stop you won't have the possibility of contaminating the beer. The vacuum will keep the valve closed while it's suctioning the liquid out.

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Old 08-04-2011, 03:56 PM   #102
Sep 2009
SIDNEY, ohio
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An old thread I know, but for those with air bubble issues, just pinch the tubing where you have the bubble and it will go away. IF you are getting the air from the mouth tube, clamp it off and raise the end up so beer seals it off.
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I started brewing 69 days ago, 35 gal so far. SWMBO hasnt complained yet! Better than the hookers, gambling, and crack I used to do, I guess.

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Old 11-13-2011, 09:05 PM   #103
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I just built this yesterday. Mine was $4+, because I bought 12 ft. of 3/8 tubing. I currently use my bottle filler on the priming branch, as it is self sealing, and I couldn't get a checkvalve at Lowe's.

I tested it on a sinkfull of water, transferring to a pot on the floor. I pinched the outlet, sucked on my bottle filler until the water passed the t, and it worked like a charm! I had a good, strong stream, with no hassle and no loss of pressure.

Flyguy, you are becoming my go-to source for great, useful, practical, affordable DIY projects. I salute you.

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Old 02-25-2012, 06:58 PM   #104
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bucks county
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cool,subscribed ! nice work,ill use my old auto for sours

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Old 02-29-2012, 03:50 AM   #105
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hennessey, oklahoma
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just wanted to agree with everyone else and say awesome. will be looking for the tee to make my own. thanks

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Old 04-04-2012, 09:43 PM   #106
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Anyone know the maximum operating temp of the vinyl they make these T connectors from? I'll see if I can look it up, but wondering for some other purpose if they can withstand boiling.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:34 PM   #107
Mar 2012
Chattanooga, TN, USA
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I like the idea, but don't you have to clamp the bottom hose to get it started? It seems like air would just come up from the open end of the bottom hose when you sucked on the middle hose.

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Old 06-26-2012, 08:06 PM   #108
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Yes. I just pinch it to start, then let go. Easy peasy.

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Old 06-28-2012, 03:29 AM   #109
Feb 2012
Riverbank, Ca
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Great idea. I will giv it a shot, i like the idea cuz it reduces the chance of contamination. i will get the tee for my nex batch!

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Old 06-29-2012, 04:23 AM   #110
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rather than using a T, why not just use one tube and attach a smaller or bigger tube to the end to suck on. Once the syphon is up close to the attached tube, just clamp it, remove the piece you had your mouth on and then remove clamp to start syphon.

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