Granted, there are some brewing devices on the market like Morebeers'
sterile siphon starter and Northern Brewers' auto siphon, but this post is to show the beginner how easy and inexpensive it can be to start a siphon with the basics.
The key to this process is holding and moving the hose and cane with one hand to prevent the liquid from escaping.
- Submerge transfer hose into sanitizing solution insuring that the entire length of hose fills with the solution. It is important that the hose fills with the sanitizer, it is ineffective to coil or bunch up the hose and push the whole wad down at once. The way I make sure the hose fills is by starting one end of the hose down in the liquid and threading the hose down evenly coiling down into the bucket as I go.
- Place racking cane in the sanitizer.
- After a couple minutes of soaking it's time to remove the hose.
- While submerged, grab both ends of the filled hose and place evenly in one hand. Lift the hose out of the solution.
- Lift one end of the hose slightly higher then the other end to cause some liquid to come out, leaving a couple inches of empty space at each end of the hose. Again, place both ends of hose evenly in one hand.
- Take racking cane out of solution with free hand and shake off excess liquid. You will do this while still holding the hose evenly with the other hand.
- Stab the racking cane into one end of the hose. Now you should be holding both ends of hose along with the cane in one hand.
- Still with one hand, carefully lift and lower the cane into the vessel to be siphoned.
- Now simply drop the free end of hose to start the siphon.
- Pinch the hose where it connects to the cane to eliminate trapped air bubble.
- Run sanitizer from hose onto the ground or a bucket and then divert beer flow to receiving vessel.
It seems complicated reading all the above instructions but doing the procedure once and it will all make complete sense. Again, the secret to this success is having the assembled hose/cane in one hand.