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Old 03-31-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Default Siphon difficulty

So, I have a counter flow chiller (homemade). I have never had a problem using it, but I was being stupid and lazy and using a plastic racking cane to transfer the hot wort through the counter flow and into my carboys. My racking cane obviously would get too hot and warp and bend lol. So I went and got a stainless steel racking cane. The problem is I can never get a siphon started with it. I've tried several times and the only way I can get a siphon going is sucking on it. Is this a common problem with the stainless racking canes due to a different angle or something? I never had a problem siphoning until getting this ss cane.


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Old 03-31-2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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For god's sake you're suck-siphoning boiling wort?? ouch!

I'd put off your next brewday until you can put in a valve on that kettle. That would help you alot more than a stainless racking cane. Keep that for siphoning out of carboys. Either that or put a big funnel on your counterflow-chiller and just pour in the wort! haha

Seriously though, not meaning to be mean, I've had to do similar things, but you really need that valve.


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Old 03-31-2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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Prime the whole thing with tap water and put the cane in the wort quick.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:01 PM   #4
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Problem is I have a giant aluminum 20 gallon pot. I asked some people who weld and they said they had no idea how to weld ss to aluminum. That's why I don't have one. I didn't suck hot wort lol. I tried it inside with water.

I've primed it still won't work a little comes out then it quickly stops. I've done many brews before and never had a problem till I got the stainless cane.

I couldn't get it going out of my carboy either. I'm perplexed lol.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:04 PM   #5
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Maybe you need to clamp the hose on tighter? I have a hose clamp on my SS 1/2in cane and it works fine.
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Maybe. The fit is so tight that I wouldn't think ago but it's worth a try.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:47 PM   #7
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They make weld less ball valves.

As far as the siphon goes it should be no different then your plastic siphon. Clamp the hose tighter maybe.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:23 PM   #8
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Siphoning into a counterflow sounds like a drag. You COULD fill the coil and lead hose with starsan, cap the output, attach to the racking cane and let it rip.

A weldless ball valve will run you about $25, no welding required.
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Sounds good guys great info. Would a march motor benefit me for the cost or no?
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Sounds good guys great info. Would a march motor benefit me for the cost or no?
Yes. Very much. Unless there is a big height difference between your kettle and fermenter, you are going to have a hard time siphoning through the CFC. Get a pump, and make your life easier.


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