Home Brewing Tools : Home-Brewing Auto Siphon

Home Brewing Tools : Home-Brewing Auto Siphon


Hello, this is JB. I’m with Austin Homebrew
Supply in Austin, Texas. Today we’re discussing beer making equipment and wine making equipment.
And particularly, right now I’m going to talk about siphoning. Why do you need to transfer
liquids from one point to another? During fermentation, what happens is you’re going
to develop sediment on the bottom of whatever fermentation vessel you’re using. So, in beer
making, we call it trube, and in wine making we call it lease, but none-the-less, it’s
sediment that will develop during fermentation. So, the idea is to take the liquid off the
top of that sediment and move it in to another vessel. How do we do this? We use siphoning
equipment. And particularly, right now I’m going to talk about one of my favorite inventions
coming along in quite a number of years in the home brewing industry. It’s called the
auto siphon. Now, traditionally, to get a siphon started you would have to put the end
of the siphon in to the full vessel, suck on the end of the line to get this flow going,
and then put the other end in to the empty vessel. The auto siphon’s great. It basically,
the best way I could describe it is it’s basically a pump, almost like a bicycle pump, but it’s
used to move liquid. Now these things are not too awful expensive, they’re less than
fifteen bucks each. And I find them really, really handy, and I’ll show you why. This
is why. When you put it in to the vessel that’s full, the other end would go in to your empty
one. My hose is a little bit short here, but it would go in to the empty one here. And
instead of having to pull, suck on to the end of this hose to get it going, watch this,
you’re just going to pump it, just a few times, and with that it’s going. It’s caused the,
it’s forced the liquid up and down the tube, causing a vacuum to form. Now the siphon’s
going, and no reason to have to continue pumping. So, this item’s called the auto siphon. Think
it’s a fantastic tool.

15 thoughts on “Home Brewing Tools : Home-Brewing Auto Siphon”

  1. Thanks for this video. Upon my 're-entry' into the hobby of home brewing, I have founds videos like this to be quite helpful. I supported my local home brew shop by purchasing an auto-siphon, along with some other new equipment.

  2. I would suggest you never say "my hose is a little short" out loud again. The auto-siphon is a great tool for the home brewer! Get one if you don't have one!

  3. Of course the yahoo is going to make light of the old school (and least expensive) siphon tool because he wants you to spend more money in his shop! I've used a racking cane and tubing for 9 years and never had a problem.

  4. And its easy enough to fill the racking cane and tubing with water and let that start the siphon as opposed to sucking on the end of it.

  5. I have an auto siphon, too. But, I get a faster transfer rate with the cane. I think it's because the cane leaves more of an opening for air to come in at the mouth of the carboy. Plus, I can use the cane clip to keep the tip up out of the trub and yeast for the first 80% of the transfer.

  6. I haven't had an issue with contamination yet. I keep the cane and hose in a 6gal pail full of water/StarSan until I need it, transfer some sanitizer solution out of the pail through the can and hose, and push the sanitizer out with tap water right before I put it in the vessel (boil pot or carboy).

  7. @meboge0 Same here. My connection to the tubing is never airtight, so I end up standing there having to pinch it to make sure no air can sneak in. Beats me why that is. It's very irritating!

  8. I ordered their auto-siphon kit, and put some keg lube (o-ring lube) on the end of the siphon before attaching the hose. It's very easy and air-tight. With the plastic clip to hold the siphon onto the carboy wall, I made zero mess and filled my soda-keg with a tasty batch of cider. Maybe your hose is the wrong size? You could try some keg/o-ring lube on the connection?

  9. You're right. I figured the tubing was too large and picked up a new one. I haven't had any trouble in months now. Thanks for the reply, though! Good to know people are still out there. Happy brewing!

  10. Question: do do you keep the lees from getting through the siphon, is there a type of stopper the thing uses to stop that from happening? I'm a total novice.

  11. I can't get my auto siphon to work. Pos must be defective. Guess I'll risk contamination and do it the old fashion way. At least it works every time.

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