Well, look, I'll be honest: it's more difficult to infect your beer than many people let on, but I'm of the mindset that you're better safe than sorry. You might've made several non-infected batches by mouth-siphoning, and you might never get an infection from it as long as you live...but it does increase the chances of infection.I've never had a problem mouth-siphoning... Done it 3 times after breaking auto siphons and the brew shave been fine. Some of my best in fact, but I'll attribute that to being partial mash or all grain instead of extracts.
My award winning technique was to swish with vodka, swallow, and prime the siphon.
First off, make sure it's star-san solution and not water that you use to start it. Second, like Mirage says, let the starting liquid and the first bit of beer drain into another bucket before switching to your vessel.If I do the method in which I fill it with water (with a non-auto siphon), do I let that water go into my bottling bucket?
Agreed. I was in a pinch though, and I didn't know how to do this:Well, look, I'll be honest: it's more difficult to infect your beer than many people let on, but I'm of the mindset that you're better safe than sorry. You might've made several non-infected batches by mouth-siphoning, and you might never get an infection from it as long as you live...but it does increase the chances of infection.
Didn't even think of it. But for 34 of my 37 batches, I've had an auto-siphon on the job.You fill your tubing with water, plug the end of the tube (not racking cane side) with your sanitized finger. Stick racking cane into fermenter (not all the way to the bottom) clip it on with the clip, put a pot or something other than your bottling bucket lower than the fermenter and let the water and a LITTLE bit of beer out into the bucket. Plug the end again and this time put it in your bottling bucket. Works great!!!
Rubberband a clothes pin to the autosiphonone thing that is nice about NOT using the auto-siphon is the way the tube grabs against the side of the glass. allows you to not have to constantly keep your hand on the siphon.
First off, I don't know what you mean about the tube "grabbing the side of the glass". My regular racking cane is the same material as the autosiphon.yeah, but then you have to move that rubberband. with the hose, you can just push on it a little and it will go further down the glass but keep the suction.
Sorry, yeah, I jacked this thread (I'm a master jacker)......And I apologise for that. But what CAMRA are you talking about here? Is it a local thing?
i don't use a racking cane. i just use the hose. the hose curves and grabs the side of the glass due to suction, so it doesn't suck up anything other than the area where you place it. it's easy to move up and down and i've found it to be the most effective way for picking up a minimal amount of trub.First off, I don't know what you mean about the tube "grabbing the side of the glass". My regular racking cane is the same material as the autosiphon.
Secondly, if you have the spring-type clothespins, you can get that sucker to slide all the way around the outer autosiphon tube without any rubber band...then you just push it down a little further as need be. It's my method of choice...purdy sweet!
did you take a shot first? are you sure it came from your dirty mouth?Last beer I used my mouth to siphon with turned out sour, never ever do this unless you like infected beer. I got an autosiphon after that.
45 seconds of contact with 80% alcohol to sanitize. I'm guessing that your vodka is half that concentration even before it's in your mouth mixing with saliva, and that you swished for less time.OK, I can't get an auto-siphon where I live, but I'll probably get one the next time I'm state-side. that being said, I bottled my first ever batch of beer yesterday, an IPA, and in the heat of the moment I couldn't get the siphon started! I tried filling the hose with water, but I guess I was doing it wrong, so I panicked and grabbed the vodka, swished it like a mofo, and gently sucked to get it started(jeez, that's what she said). there's gotta be a less gay way to talk about starting a siphon. my question is, should I be OK for washing my mouth with vodka first? I promise I'll never do it again!(I liked the turkey baster idea-doh! that's what she said) and I'm drinking all my beer anyway, no matter how it tastes! somebody tell me it's gonna be alright this time