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Old 02-11-2008, 02:44 AM   #1
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I am trying to syphon from my fermentation container to a bucket and it isnt working?

How do you start a syphon and how the hell do you keep it going?

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Old 02-11-2008, 02:48 AM   #2
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Fill your siphon hose with tap water and plug the ends with your fingers.

Carry the racking cane/hose over to the buckets, drop the racking cane into your fermenter and then drop the hose into your other bucket.

Make sure your bucket is lower than the fermenter. Siphoning works on gravity.

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Old 02-11-2008, 02:51 AM   #3
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Connect a hose to the small tube, insert the small tube into the larger tube (that's what she said), insert the other end of the hose into the container that you want to rack into, put the the end of the siphon into the beer, then pump it a couple of times and you should be all set.
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:45 AM   #4
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:49 AM   #5
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:50 AM   #6
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You might have to get it started off the yeast cake and slowly let it back down. Some times the yeast wont let me start my syphon.
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Old 02-11-2008, 04:27 AM   #7
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The two best investments, and small money at that, for me were an autosiphon and a hop bag for my keggle.
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Old 02-11-2008, 04:46 AM   #8
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+1 million on the auto siphon
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Old 02-11-2008, 04:47 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Professor Frink
The two best investments, and small money at that, for me were an autosiphon and a hop bag for my keggle.

The autosiphon is great. It's so easy to use. The only problem is that I never get to use it. My 4 year old loves it. Siphoning is now his job.

If you don't have the autosiphon, get it.

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Old 02-11-2008, 05:13 AM   #10
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one thing to consider if you *know* how to start a siphon but it's not working is to squeeze the tube where it meets your racking cane. this will cause the liquid to flow through the entire diameter of the tube, and will allow the siphon to continue indefinitely.

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