Anyone have a clever way of attaching a siphon to a bucket when racking to a keg? I had to hold it last time (which can take a while) and I picked upa lot of sedament because I wasn’t paying attention. I typically use carboys and can wedge the siphon in place. No such luck with a bucket.
I ferment in bottling buckets with spigots - takes a little attention to detail as far as sanitation, but it is awesome as far as transferring to kegs, bottling bucket, etc. Just attach tubing, take out airlock, open spigot… gravity does the rest.
I would recommend you take the extra 5 to 8 minutes and manually guide the auto-siphon a few inches below the top of the brew as it flows out of the primary (or secondary) into the racking bucket. I mean, hey… you’ve been waiting a week or so on your beer, after a few hours of cooking. What’s another few minutes of hands-on involvement? When it nears the bottom, gently lean the bucket to one side and guide the sipon into the “clearer” area. Being careful, I’m sure you can manage without pumping a lot of trub into the racking bucket. Besides, the sign of a nice real beer is a little bit of sediment. It’s not going to hurt you. Good Luck!
I agree that standing there an extra couple of minutes is no big deal. But sometimes I just have to step away (baby crying, my beautiful wife yelling, etc…) For those instances, I needed something to help me out.