Originally Posted by feffer
@Red October: I assume that is a vacuum pump at the end of a racking operation? I picked up an old used vacuum pump from the discount pile at my LHBS for a few dollars. It is originally rated at 3 gal/min. I think I could probably rack my wine with it, but the suction doesn't seem to be very strong -- maybe the unit is defective -- hence the huge discount. I tried degassing with it today and it only drew a few small bubbles from a 1 gal glass jug of wine that should have gas in it.
I'd prefer not buying a new vacuum pump for $100 or more. I can rack my few carboys with a siphon as before, but I'd really like to find an economical way to degas by establishing a vacuum like the Gas Getter does. That is why I'm interested in daugenet's rig. I only need to know whether my tank-less air compressor will work.
That is an aspirator pump from hospital supply store, I have one similar to the one in the photo.
And yes, it was a bit over 100 bucks so out of line with your budget, but you should realize that it does make life a bit easier with racking and degassing, I even use it to bottle.
Set the rig up as illustrated, turn vacuum up to 20 and it will degas as it racks, after about 15-20 minutes you should be properly flat.
However, the "whip" does the same thing in 5 mins (the degassing anyway) so if your on a budget the drill/whip combo is the way to go.
Finally, if you're a patient person, you can leave it to bulk age at room temp and after a long while it will flatten out.