The Science Behind the Art

The Auto-Siphon

The little flapper valve from the bottom fitting popped out

As long as one of the 2 little legs aren't broken, this can be reinstalled with a little patience. Affix the valve to the end of a long stick or dowel (2 legs pointing away from the stick) with some sticky tape folded over. Make sure the tape is more stuck to the dowel than on the flapper or you may end up with tape on the inside of your Auto-Siphon!

Remove the Auto-Siphon center tube and insert the stick into the outer tube. Line up the legs with the 2 slots in the lower fitting and gently press in.  

Starting the Auto-Siphon with a very full carboy

Insert The Auto-Siphon, slowly, with the small center tube extended outwards. This prevents overflowing! When submerged 6 inches or so, give it a stroke or two.

Sanitizing the Auto-Siphon

See answer under 'The Thief' or place The Auto-Siphon and the end of The Auto-Siphon hose in a bucket of sanitizing solution. Then pump the recirculating solution until you have eliminated all of the air.

My Auto-Siphon is drawing in air at the seal

The newer models (released Fall/2006) have much less tendency to do this. Check for a restriction at the anti-sediment tip caused by grape skins or hops. For the Large 1/2" size you may have to reduce the siphoning height a bit to stop the bubbles, say, to 24" to 30" above floor level.

My Auto-Siphon is drawing in air at the hose connection

Use the recommended size hose, if available: 5/16"x7/16" hose for Regular 3/8" Auto-Siphons and 7/16"x9/16" hose for Large 1/2" Auto-Siphons. If you can't find the exact size you may need to purchase a small hose clamp at the hardware store for the connection, if it leaks air.

The Siphon Valve

I'm in the middle of bottling and the phone rings; what do I do?

Slide your filler through the carboy neck. The siphon will stop but will restart when you retrieve the filler and place it in your bottle. If you are using an Auto-Siphon Clamp, slide it through the Clamp opening.

Double Blast Bottle Washer

The large carboy nozzle

The special tip on the large carboy nozzle is designed for rinsing siphon hoses and tubes.

Correct hose length is critical

During installation be sure to cut the hose to the correct length so that the washer sits flat in the sink.

Other uses

I use my Double Blast for rinsing out recyclables, I have also inverted it and used it for high-powered rinsing of latex paint from paint brushes and rollers.

'Quick-Connect' comes apart during use

Make sure the flat side of the plastic connector that screws onto the faucet is facing you.

 

The Thief

Sanitizing The Thief

I sanitize my Thief and carboy at the same time by filling the carboy with cleaning solution and inserting the Thief. Another inexpensive alternative is to buy a cheap wall-paper tray from your hardware store to sanitize the Thief.

Can't get enough of a sample for a hydrometer reading

If for some reason you can't get a deep enough sample in The Thief to float your hydrometer, try this: shake The Thief up and down a few inches with the bottom tip well submerged in your container of wine/beer. The liquid level in the Thief will magically rise.