Thank goodness for little helpers.
The brew is ready, or as ready as it’ll ever be. It’s definitely darker than I’d like, but as mentioned earlier, fermentation was quite active and therefore encouraging, despite some oversights on my part. So it was bottling time.
I’m terrible with siphons. I always end up with water and beer on the floor and frustration in my brain. I usually recruit (read: demand) my wife to assist me with priming the siphon and wrangling all the tubing so that as little water as possible ends up on the floor. It never works as planned. I lose my cool and the towels come out to deal with the mess.
So I recently invested in an “auto” siphon, which supposedly makes siphoning a dream. It does not require the user to prime the pump, that is, fill it with water beforehand to create a vacuum and the attendant suction in order to get the beer flowing up out of your fermenter and into the bottles. No, it’s much simpler. According to the directions, simply lower it into the beer and with “1-2 strokes” the beer will start flowing....