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Tsuyako

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So I've been doing a ton of reading, around here and elsewhere, and I seem to come up empty on one question. Is it better to Syphon or to simply pour with a funnel the brew from the primary to the secondary?

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If it better to siphon or funnel? The answer is: yes.

If we're talking about fresh wort, the answer is funnel. You need to add oxygen back into that wort to replace all that was removed from the boil. Then again, if you're using a counterflow chiller (CFC) you will either siphon or pump the wort through it.

Any time after that, you want to siphon. This reduces the chance of oxidation, which is dangerous after fermentation has started.

To summarize:

From the kettle to the fermenter: Funneling is generally preferred, since oxygen is critical at this point. If you use a wort wizard, a CFC, an aeration stone, or other device to reintroduce oxygen, it doesn't really matter.

After introduction of yeast: Siphon. Bottom line.
 

AFAJ Brew Guy

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Also, you may want to pick up an auto siphon, one of the greatest tools that you can have in your brewhouse. They really are not that expensive and well worth it.
 
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