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Old 05-26-2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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The clear hoses that are used for siphoning, any idea what size those things are? Where can I get some cheap?

 
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:22 PM   #2
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You can use anywhere from 5/16" to 1/2" tubing with common racking tubes (I'm mostly using 3/8"). I find that a length around 6 feet gives plenty of slack for maneuvering. Most homebrew stores sell it pretty cheap. You can also get it at hardware stores and home centers too. It shouldn't cost more than $2-$3 for a good siphon tube.

 
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:27 PM   #3
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I use 3/8's.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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I use 3/8's.
Same,

cost me $1 and change at the local hardware store. I store it in a 3 ft pipe to keep it straight.

 
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:38 AM   #5
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I was just about to ask how to keep the thing straight....I got a new one today, although I don't think it fits in the rubber stopper for the airlock if I needed a blow off tube....oh well, no problem there.... but this thing gave me headaches tonight with its curling around in the carboy when I was racking.

 
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:43 AM   #6
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I"m just a noob but... in my experience, choose the smallest tube that can fit INTO your siphon cane even if you have to cram the **** out of it in there.... less chance of air getting in there. BIG TIME.... = less oxygen in your beer = less cardboard.

 
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:26 AM   #7
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I"m just a noob but... in my experience, choose the smallest tube that can fit INTO your siphon cane even if you have to cram the **** out of it in there.... less chance of air getting in there. BIG TIME.... = less oxygen in your beer = less cardboard.
Second the importance of a tight fit! Had a problem with one that was a little too loose and sucked air into my beer stream. Test it by siphoning starsan or whatever first.

To make the sizing issue easy, just bring the siphon with you to the hardware store. And buy more than you need, you can always cut it shorter.

 
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:26 AM   #8
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A tight fit is important but the smaller the ID of the tube the longer it will take to rack your beer. I have been using 1/2" ID silicone tube for the last 4 transfers. The silicone is not important and regular vinyl would be fine. Just make sure to match the tube size to the size of your racking cane/auto siphon. Several places now sell a 1/2" OD auto siphon. It makes an air tight seal with the 1/2" ID tube.

 
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:34 PM   #9
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I think most siphon tubes are 3/8" When getting the tubing, find on that "almost" fits over the acrylic tube. When you get home.. nuke some water.. stick the end of the vinyl tube in it and then put on the racking tube.

Also, with the tubing curling.. it does have memory.. I heat mine in hot water and stretch it.. letting it cool in the stretched position.. that get's most of the curl out of it.

Also, just to be safe, I attach the vinyl tubing to a second racking cane with rubber bands.. that keeps the remaining curl out of the tubing when I insert it into the secondary or bottling bucket. All sanitized before use..
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Old 05-27-2012, 02:49 PM   #10
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I"m just a noob but... in my experience, choose the smallest tube that can fit INTO your siphon cane even if you have to cram the **** out of it in there.... less chance of air getting in there. BIG TIME.... = less oxygen in your beer = less cardboard.
Did you really say that you cram your tube inside your racking cane?

Try it the other way - the tube should slip over the outside of the cane.

 
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