Professor Frink said:The two best investments, and small money at that, for me were an autosiphon and a hop bag for my keggle.
Someone may have said it already, but never start a siphon with your mouth. The mouth contains far too many bacteria. Bacteria that you most likely dont want to introduce into your beer.cola said:insert tip into liquid. blow hard, and then immediately suck in hard. let go fast and watch the liquid gush down into the pot.
+1 I love my autosiphon!Reno Homebrewer said:As cheap as an Autosiphon is, I can't see any reason not to invest in one. Go that route and save yourself a lot of headache.
I will wrap my hand around the end of the tube and then suck through my fist (wow, that sounds like something from 8mm) when I start a manual siphon on the fly.AFAJ Brew Guy said:Someone may have said it already, but never start a siphon with your mouth. The mouth contains far too many bacteria. Bacteria that you most likely dont want to introduce into your beer.
+1 I love my autosiphon!
I'm pretty sure you're talking about this thread here...GlassblowersBrew said:I've been filling my hose and racking cane with starsan to start my siphon. I then begin my siphon into a pot on the floor. The moment beer begins coming out of my hose I cap it with my finger and immediately move it into my carboy. No unneccessary tap water, no bacteria, no problems yet.....If your really worried about bacteria, use a latex glove to cap hose.
I'd like to try the carboy cap siphon starting idea I've seen in another thread. If someone knows where this thread is post a link.
Reno Homebrewer said:I can see how the "Filling the hose with water" method would work, but my question is, why? You are adding water (even if its only a very small amount) to your beer, and the guy in the video filled it straight from the tap. That seems silly after spending so much time sanitizing everything to just use tap water. So it's either sanitize tap water by boiling and letting it cool, or sanitizing an autosiphon (which is attached to the hose that you need to sanitize anyway) in less than a minute with Starsan. I just cannot see any reason to use any other method than an autosiphon.
BierMuncher said:I love it when the OP hits the forum with a question, then immediately logs off and never returns to see the efforts of the people trying to help.
Ooompa Loompa said:I use the "filling the hose with water" method. I do partial boils and use water straight from the tap to top off my carboy. I see no reason why I shouldn't use this same water to get my syphons started. Unless you have really bad tap water there I can't see anything wrong with this.