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Starting a syphon
Submitted by: Rob on 23 Jul 02

Drawing the first beer out of a fermentor to start a syphon is not only tricky, it is also risky, since your mouth can harbor bacteria that you really don't want in your wort. One easy way of getting around both these problems is simply to fill your syphon hose with water. Carry the filled up hose to your fermenter. Close off one end with your clamp or fingers. Place the open end into the wort. Lower the closed end into a bucket, making sure that end is lower that the top level of your wort. When you open up the closed end, the syphon will start. Draw off the water, and close your syphon when the beer starts flowing. Discard the water and place the low end into your receiving container.

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