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Old 08-06-2013, 06:59 PM   #11
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I'm not sure if this matters, but the beer fermented an extra 2 days.
Are you going by a recipe that says something like "Let sit in primary for 7 days"? If so, I would also suggest you get a hydrometer (after you get the autosyphon) and use that to determine when fermentation is complete.


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Old 08-06-2013, 07:00 PM   #12
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I always tell people, if you don't have an auto siphon there is another way that doesn't include using your mouth!

Fill the hose with water and hold a finger or thumb over each end, remove one of your fingers from one end and stick it into the fermenter, and stick the other end into your bottling bucket, then remove your finger or thumb from that end. This will create a siphon. Yes you will have a couple ounces of water but it shouldn't be noticeable, if it bothers you, use a cup to catch the first few ounces then quickly aim the hose into the bottling bucket.


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I always tell people, if you don't have an auto siphon there is another way that doesn't include using your mouth!

Fill the hose with water and hold a finger or thumb over each end, remove one of your fingers from one end and stick it into the fermenter, and stick the other end into your bottling bucket, then remove your finger or thumb from that end. This will create a siphon. Yes you will have a couple ounces of water but it shouldn't be noticeable, if it bothers you, use a cup to catch the first few ounces then quickly aim the hose into the bottling bucket.
I've used the method with star-san, then I know the liquid is sanitary!
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I've used the method with star-san, then I know the liquid is sanitary!
Even better!
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Is there a good reason that people don't like autosiphons? I don't know, for $10, it seems crazy to me to mess with anything other than an autosiphon. I could understand if they were $30 or something, but dang, $10 for an autosiphon sure seems to save a lot of headache and worry for me.
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I've always used an auto siphon and its great for when I need to rack to the fermenter or keg.
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Are you going by a recipe that says something like "Let sit in primary for 7 days"? If so, I would also suggest you get a hydrometer (after you get the autosyphon) and use that to determine when fermentation is complete.
Yes the recipe called for 14 days in the carboy and and 14 days in the bottles.
It sat in the carboy 16 days.
I have a hygrometer and the final gravity is 5.5% . The projected abv. was 5.3
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The only time I had a problem with an autosiphon is when I transferred boiling hot wort to the CFC. Did that ONE TIME...
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Beer turned out amazing. Doesn't seem to have been infected. This is my first and it really surprised me. We blind tasted it against a Breckenridge stout and we chose ours.
Operation: Deep End stout.


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