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Aeration post boil and post cooling, but pre fermentation, is a good thing. Aeration post boil, but pre cooling, can result in hot side aeration, which can oxidize your beer. You can also aerate up to about 12 hours into fermentation, but usually not after that point. The point is not to "integrate" the yeast. Yeast use oxygen to synthesize sterols, ...


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If the only purpose for the pump is draining the boil kettle, it might be wise to avoid the complexity (and one more thing to clean), because gravity will certainly work to transfer your wort to the fermentation vessel. You may find that there is an incomplete transfer of wort. The volume depends on how far the ball valve is from the bottom of the kettle ...


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My technique Stick it in the carboy/bucket/keg that is full of sanitizer. You only have to get the part of the cane that will touch wort, but it doesn't hurt to splash or wipe sanitizer on the entire cane. A better way You can build a dirt cheap dedicated sanitizing vessel. Go to the hardware store and get a length of 2-4 inch diameter PVC pipe and a ...


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I just use a siphoning tube. I let it sit in either boiling water for a minute or a sanitizer solution for a few minutes, then fill it with said liquid. It's way easier with sanitizer than boiling water, since sanitizer doesn't boil your hands... As long as the "from" container is higher than the "to" container - for example, kettle on the counter, carboy ...


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Go to your local hardware store and buy a wallpapering tray to use as a sanitizing bucket for these long tools. They're normally about 30" long, which is long enough to hold all my awkward tools like tubing, racking cane, autosyphon, thief, etc. Here's an example of one: Amazon.com - Standard Weight Wallpaper Tray


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If you do use a bucket for the secondary then you can just keep the whole lot of berries in a muslin bag. Just don't make it too tight so there is enough circulation to impart the flavors. Other than that you may just have to convince yourself that it is an acceptable loss for some great beer.


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I would advise trying to siphon first. You can use one siphon on multiple carboys. This is a much more economical option to making or converting multiple glass secondary fermenters to have a spigot. Of course, thus assumes that you have more than one brew going at once. As you're new, this is mere conjecture. However, if you plan on being both wine and ...


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To best mimic the function of a racking-cane tip, I would crimp or plug the bottom of the tube and punch two opposing holes about 1/2 inch up the side of it so the liquid being siphoned it is above the trub. Then attach something rigid (like a strait section of plastic coat hanger) to the tube to stiffen it (after sanitizing well of course). This way you ...


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I'm going to go with the combination of a stainless steel racking cane and a carboy cap. You can either use breath pressure or CO2 to get the siphon going. I'm going to try using CO2 pressure entirely, and no siphoning, so as to stop having to lug full carboys around. I'll update here when I know how it goes. UPDATE Still using the auto-siphon and the ...


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Well, here's my list of why it's a bad idea.... You will weaken the carboy and increase the risk of it breaking. You need to be able to keep the spigot sanitized throughout fermentation. Have you priced having custom carboys made? It's just unnecessary...siphoning isn't that hard to do. What you're looking at is dangerous, expensive and ...


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I usually have a bucket of sanitizer made up with 3-4 gallons in it. I am constantly dipping things in and out of it. I tend to just flip the racking cane upside down in that bucket to get the top part AND all the tubing submerged in sanitizer. So it sits in sanitizer up side down and right side up for a time while I do other things. On a racking only ...


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When making beers that end up with a lot of trub I do this. Go to your local hardware store and buy a paint straining bag (they are usually by the paint sprayers) this bag will fit over a five gallon bucket with an elastic on the top of the bag and the bag fills the bucket to the bottom. (see here http://forum.finevinewines.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=7887 Rack ...


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The answer is not the mini auto siphon. I've confirmed I received the mini one, and yeah, it doesn't reach the bottom of a 5 or 6.5 gallon carboy.


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I just wipe some sanitizing solution on the outside of the cane either with my hand or a damp paper towel. Maybe that's not the best way to do it but I haven't had an infection yet.


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I use StarSan, which creates a wonderful foam when agitated that sanitizes on contact. I spread foam all on the outside of the racking cane, as well as any other "tricky" areas (like the bottom of my fermenting bucket lid). I also keep a spray bottle of sanitizer on hand at all times - this is a lifesaver. Need a bit of sanitizer on something? Spritz it a ...


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I just started using ported Better Bottles myself, and have been really pleased with the results. I did have a problem at first with getting the tubing to fit tight enough in the valve to siphon off the beer, but the Better Bottle web site has very clear instructions on the correct tube sizes to use, and that fixed my problem.


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I started using them a year ago. I think they are fantastic! I love being able to to simply open the port and transfer my liquids around. I haven't had any troubles with leaking or breaking. The parts seem solid enough. I highly recommend the Better Bottles with Ports.


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I have a long plastic bin that I use for sanitizing. It is long enough to lay all of my racking cane's, auto siphons, hoses, anything can lay flat lengthwise in the bin to soak, then you just rinse with cold water. I guess you could have another bin the same size filled with clean cold water to rinse the stuff. I usually just do that in the sink though. ...


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I'm answering my own question with something I just thought up. If you've done this before, please let me know how it worked. My main concern with getting the beer off the fruit is introducing too much oxygen. I just remembered there was an episode of brew strong with guest Dr. Charlie Bamforth talking about preventing oxidative staling in beer. He ...


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I think the problem is that your fruit to volume ratio was tight. With only 2.5 gallons its pretty tough to get it seperated. When I make fruit beer I calculate in a higher %-age of loss because you can't siphon it all out. Raspberries are especially tough because they fall apart into many little bits.


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I've gone through 3 of these, and at least one failed because of the leaky gasket. It often happens when the cane is pulled out of the housing quite far, and the cane is not in the same line as the main body. See if pushing the cane back into the main body helps, since it's then a lot harder to move the cane out of alignment.


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It sounds like your auto-siphon is not making a good seal between the main cylindrical body and the gasket at the bottom of the siphon tube. This may be due to debris on the rubber gasket, which would mean a cleaning could get you back in order. Completely remove the inner siphon tube from the main body by pulling the tube up, out of the top. ...


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It will work fine by gravity. But the amount of wort you get out of the kettle is dependent upon the geometry of your pots bottom, and how your pick up tube is positioned in the pot.


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I used a racking cane and gravity for 3 years worth of brewing, and it worked just fine. I don't see any reason you couldn't rely on gravity. It will be slower than a pump, but you're looking at 3-5 minutes to fill the fermentor, rather than less than 1 with a pump, basically.


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A lot of brewers use silicone tubing for hot liquids, but there's no reason aside from cost not to use it for racking as well. That will take if the tubing part but you've still got to deal with the racking cane which is rigid. Copper or stainless tubing could be bent into the correct shape.


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Spend the $10-15 on an 'Auto Siphon' from your local brew shop, or your favorite online outlet: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/auto-siphon-1-2.html You can collect almost every drop of wort off the top of a tight yeast cake with one of these bad boys by titling the carboy as the level gets low to make sure the bottom of the cane is submerged in those ...


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I use a bucket with a spigot on the bottom for bottling. It was quite easy, even for a newbie like me.


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If its a leaky seal its a leaky seal, but I'll offer a different perspective when I thought I had the same problem. I find that I actually get some "cavitation" in the siphon that I think is from dissolved CO2 coming out of solution. I used to have the bigger bore autosiphon, and that issue went away with a more normal 3/8th inch autosiphon. So you might ...


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I have a year-old kriek I'm pondering the same problem with. If you're not vegetarian, it might not be a bad idea to take a lesson from England's cask-conditioned ales, which are cleared in the serving vessel using gelatin. This might not make a great deal of difference as to how compacted the sediment gets at the bottom, but it will make the border between ...


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Why don't you just rack into a tertiary bucket for a few days and let it settle further to reduce the loss of volume. That is what I am planning to do for my Blueberry Blonde ale.



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