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Offline Scott Ickes

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Racking difficulty!
« on: December 15, 2013, 06:13:14 PM »
I'm not looking for advice.  I just wanted to share with all of you that it is a PITA to rack banana wine that had Chopped Golden Raisons added to the secondary and then aged for a month on them.  The mush just kept clogging my siphon.

The wine is tasting pretty darned good already though, so it will be worth it in the long run!!
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Re: Racking difficulty!
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2013, 06:33:22 AM »
Most brewing supply company sell a clip that hooks on  the siphon tube. I don't see it in your picture. I usually clip it on and start siphoning at the top of the carboy and follow the beer or wine down to the top of the trub.

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Re: Racking difficulty!
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2013, 11:09:43 AM »
Just bottled a batch of blackberry wine. Didn't have any problems. Then again, I didn't put any raisins in there either.
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Re: Racking difficulty!
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2013, 01:35:57 PM »
Most brewing supply company sell a clip that hooks on  the siphon tube. I don't see it in your picture. I usually clip it on and start siphoning at the top of the carboy and follow the beer or wine down to the top of the trub.

I thought about putting a clamp on it, but the clamps I have are shop clamps and were nasty and unsanitary.  I opted to stand there and hold it up higher as it worked it's way down.

It went well until I got down into the raison/yeast cake.  I was ok with pulling some of that stuff up and transferring it over to the new carboy.  I'll probably rack it again, once I have an empty carboy.  I've got all four carboys and two plastic bucket fermentors.  All of my carboys are full right now.
Kegs:
 Red IPA
 ESB
 Saison Solera
 Dubel (Aged in Malbec Wine Barrel
Aging:
 80 Shilling (In bourbon barrel)
Bottled
 Peppermint Patty Stout
 Wee Heavy

Scott Ickes
https://creativebrewing.wordpress.com

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Re: Racking difficulty!
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2013, 05:09:35 PM »
How much raisin did you add?  Not trying to say you used too much at all.  I know things take on a life of their own.  I was thinking about adding to a mead sometime and just want to an idea of what my losses might be.

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Re: Racking difficulty!
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2013, 05:22:47 PM »
Her is the recipe that I used.  It's for one gallon of banana wine.  I made 5 gallons, so I used 5 lbs of raisons.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f79/banana-wine-33636/

I've probably lost about 1/2 gallon or a little more of the wine, because of the raisons.  The flavor was worth the loss though.
Kegs:
 Red IPA
 ESB
 Saison Solera
 Dubel (Aged in Malbec Wine Barrel
Aging:
 80 Shilling (In bourbon barrel)
Bottled
 Peppermint Patty Stout
 Wee Heavy

Scott Ickes
https://creativebrewing.wordpress.com

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Re: Racking difficulty!
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2013, 06:38:36 PM »
Check More Beer part # R380 or R390 depending on the size of your siphon tube.

 

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