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home brewer's review of this product:
got this thing, starting siphons was always an adventure.
Pre-filling my sanitized racking tube with sanitizer, then
covering the end with my un-sanitized thumb, putting one end in the
wort and then letting my thumb off the other end into a dish to
drain out the sanitizer and fill the tube with wort. Then
stop the flow by putting my thumb over the end again or kinking the
tube and then quickly sticking into the empty carboy. Then
say a silent prayer that you don't lose the siphon for some
Some people actually start siphons with their mouths. I think
this is asking for trouble... No more! Now I just sanitize the
whole assembly, stick one end into the wort and the other end into
the empty carboy, give it one good plunge and viola! Instant
siphon. No worries if you lose your siphon midstream, just
give it another plunge and you're off an running
The secret to this device is a one-way valve at the bottom of the
large tube. When the inside plunger is pushed down, the valve
closes and forces liquid up the inside tube instead of out the
bottom of the large tube.
I would definitely put the Auto-Siphon on the "Must Have" list for
any home brewery.
2/27/2013 – I'm using your auto-siphon. It says to use the tip on end of it if there is sediment in the fermenter. Does it mean it can be placed in the sediment or does the auto-siphon still need to be place just above it (out of the sediment)? wasn't sure if the tip was some sort of filter?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The black tip at the end just forces the liquid to be drawn from the top, rather than the bottom where the sediment accumulates. I've found that I can place the tip just barely into the sediment if needed, just don't push so far in that sediment is drawn in from the top of the tip.
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
10/22/2008 – Will the autosiphon fit in your 6 gallon carboy? It is the same size as the recommended blow off tubing which says it is a rather tight fit.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it will fit just fine. It is a smaller diameter than the blow off tubing (it needs to be to work properly).
5/9/2008 – Would I be able to switch the racking cane from the deluxe kit for an auto siphon. Would this be a worth while investment? Is an auto siphon better?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Certainly. When you order, just make note that you want this changed for your kit. Simply make note of it in the "Customer Comments" section at checkout. There will be a difference in price, of course.We like the auto siphon, but not everyone does. Is it better? I would say no, it's just more convenient. Convenience is worth it to some . . .
1/30/2008 – Hi there. I bought an auto-siphon from a local Liquor Barn, but they do not have any hoses that don't come in a kit. It looks exactly like yours but in the instructions it says to use a 7/16" x 9/16" siphon hose whereas you are saying to use 5/16". I am confused!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can't say for sure what product you have (we don't shop at Liquor Barn), but we actually have TWO sizes of auto-siphons.Our large size actually takes a 1/2" (8/16") ID siphon hose. It sounds like you may have that model. Perhaps they sell a different one. Again, we don't know.Here is a link to the hose for our large size autosiphon . . .
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
6/20/2007 – Hi, not a question, a suggestion for your users. I just started brewing beer and found I had several long things I needed to sanitize. Notably I have a beer thief (used for sampling specific gravity) and an auto-siphon and hose assembly. I couldn't find anything deep enough to submerge either of these items even halfway, so I made two containers . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Nice suggestion. I would consider boiling your rinse water to be over-the-top, however. Shouldn't need to be.
4/14/2007 – I have the 5/16" Auto-Siphon with hose. My question is when i use it i don't get a very good seal and air gets into the wine, or it stops the siphon altogether. Is there a way to seal it safely(ie. without breaking the glass on the auto-siphon).
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Are you sure you are using the right size hose? You need a 5/16" id hose to fit tightly onto the top of the cane. Is that where the air is getting in? If so, you can also try "pinching" the hose where it connects to the racking cane to remove any air bubbles.
12/5/2006 – Hello, I am about to try my hand at mead making. I plan to buy your 5 gal wine kit and just had a few questions. On many sites I have heard about racking multiple times to get the mead to clear, does this mean I should buy a second carboy? In addition to the 5gal kit and the nectar of the gods mead kit, I was looking at getting the wine theif . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You can certainly do that (get another carboy), but an option is to siphon back into the primary fermenter (bucket) and then transfer back again into the clean, sanitized carboy. Either way works just fine.A wine thief IS a nice item to use. I would add that, especially for meads, which take some time to finish out. As far as a siphon . . .
11/5/2006 – And how much ID tubing would I need to go with the auto syphon? Thanks again
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Again, it depends on how you use it. The tubing needs to connect to the top of the auto-siphon, and give yourself enough length so that when you DO siphon, the other end goes all the way into the bottom of your fermenter wherever you normally place it. This minimizes splashing. For most people, they place their primary fermenter on a table . . .
11/5/2006 – Would you recommend the 5/16" or the 1/2"?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For most people, the 5/16" is just fine. It provides a decent flow rate, and minimizes splashing and sucking up sediment from the bottom.For others, particularly those making large volumes (over 10 gallons or so) the 1/2" is a better choice.
9/30/2006 – Hello, I got stationed in AK and with the price of beer up here how can I afford not to buy your kit? However I am new to the home brew world am looking at getting the deluxe kit. I have so many questions! Would it be ok if I used a stainless steel 30 quart stock pot to brew in? I have a new one laying around along with a propane burner. Also . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Absoultely. Stainless is perfect. 30 quart is a nice size, too.Extras? Well, we consider our Deluxe Equipment Kit to be...complete. Later on, if you want to start kegging your beer, you might consider a keg setup instead of bottling. Some people think an autosiphon is a nice tool...For advice, I would say just watch our video (included . . .
6/12/2006 – I am going to buy the deluxe brew kit. I also want to buy the auto siphon and bottle filler. Would i still need the racking cane if i used these items?? i also wanted to add a plastic spigot. Would this also eliminate any other equipment since it says that it eliminates the need for siphoning??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The DeLuxe Brewing Equipment Kit already includes a bottle filler. No need to purchase that. Yes, you would still need a racking cane, which is included in the Kit.If you add a spigot to your plastic primary fermenter, it eliminates the need to siphon from the fermenter, BUT it does not eliminate the need to siphon from the glass carboy. . . .
6/9/2006 – After using this auto-siphon, I will never brew without one. Why don't you include this in your equipment kits?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It's a handy item, alright. It's a good idea. Pricing of the kits is a factor, of course. Most people starting out look at cost, and don't know the merits of an auto-siphon.
4/3/2006 – I just bought the 1/2 auto siphon. What size tubbing do I need to get it to fit on the auto siphon? Thanks
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You need the 1/2" ID tubing.
1/18/2006 – How wide is the auto-siphon?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is 1" in diameter along the body of the auto-siphon.
12/28/2005 – Any way to get a 3/8" siphon hose to fit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It will fit, but rather loosely. 5/16" ID is a better (tighter) fit.
12/8/2005 – I am new to wine making and one of the most frustrating problems is racking it. I started with gallon jugs and that wasn't too bad, but I have moved up to using a 6 gallon carboy, and my hand pump system with a tee is not working very well, and it takes quite a while to siphon. My question is which method works the best from your experience? . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That sounds like an AWFUL system. You need this product, the Auto-Sipon. Here is a link to it:This is a HUGE improvement over what you are doing. Also get about 4 feet of 5/16" ID tubing, and a Bottle Filler:
3/15/2005 – I would like to filter hops, fruit etc. while I siphon into my fermenter. Would any of your screens work well when attached to a siphon hose? Do you have any other suggestions outside of a tapped kettle connected to a bazooka screen?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The real problem will be getting the stuff thru your siphon hose. If you are willing to pour the wort:In our Brewing Accessories category we have a variety of straining bags that might well serve this purpose.There are also funnels with straining screens that can be used.
11/3/2004 – Do you attach the auto-siphon to a racking cane, or is it one unit? If so, will it reach to the bottom of a 6.5 gal carboy? If I purchase your bottling wand, should I get the standard (5/16") auto-siphon? I only want to use one length of tubing between the two, of course. Thanks for your time!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Auto Siphon includes a racking can as part of the assemby.Yes, it will reach all the way into a 6.5 gallon carboy. I would get the standard (5/16") Auto Siphon for use with the bottle filler.
10/6/2003 – Does the auto-siphon include instructions on how to setup and use? How well does it work? I am a new home-brewer and this seems like a great gadget to have.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is a great gadget. Yes, there are instructions. Basically, you just pull the center section out, place into the liquid, and push down on the center section to start the flow.
9/20/2003 – does the auto syphon come with everything needed to syphon? hose,etc.?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, you will need some hose (vinyl tubing) to connect the auto siphon.
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