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Old 09-03-2008, 06:10 PM   #1
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I feel like this would be easier than the fill with water method I've read about. But will this drastically increase my chances of introducing a foreign organism to my beer?



 
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:13 PM   #2
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NO, do not do this! If you don't like the fill with water method, go out to fermentation trap and pick up an AutoSiphon. Easy as pie! Mouth-started siphons are dangerous---the bacteria lurking in your mouth is extremely plentiful and would like nothing more than to spoil your brew...

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Old 09-03-2008, 06:14 PM   #3
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Siphoning with your mouth is a bad idea...I tried it with one of my first batches and ended up with a very plasticy off-flavor....It runs a very high risk of contaminating your beer and also oxidizing it, which are two things you don't want. Look into getting an auto-siphon from your LHBS. Makes it a hell of a lot easier
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:14 PM   #4
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yes it will - human mouths are full of germs

besides its not necessary, starting the siphon is easy

 
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:15 PM   #5
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little too quick for me Evan!
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+1 to Evan's post, get an auto-siphon.
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:28 PM   #7
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Here is an option for a "mouth" siphon. I would think you could put a simple pump on the other end as well if worried about using your mouth.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/flyg...osiphon-25774/

 
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:34 PM   #8
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Oh, and welcome to the forums from a fellow c-villian. Are you a CAMRA member?
Thanks very much for the kind welcome, neighbor. I'm interested in CAMRA. Could you tell me more?




Oh, and I'll auto siphon it up. Thanks.

 
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Old 09-03-2008, 06:45 PM   #9
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Found CAMRA on the web, I'll be coming to check out a meeting for sure.

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Old 09-03-2008, 06:48 PM   #10
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+1 on the autosiphon. I lived dangerously myself until I was recommended to try one. It's well worth the small price.

The other design is cool as well, but since I already had the autosiphon before I saw tha tone, well....



 
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