Tomorrow is the day I transfer my first batch from primary to secondary so I can free up my primary for a new wort on Sunday. Here’s the dilemma I’m facing: In NB’s How-To video on racking to secondary, he stresses the importance of using gravity for your siphoning, meaning the primary is on a raised platform like a table and the secondary is on the floor. Is this absolutely necessary when using the auto-siphon? The reason I ask is, in order to get my primary above my secondary, I’d need to carry it across my basement to the nearest table and I’m afraid of splashing and causing oxidation. Then I thought, well why don’t I just move the table over to the carboy? But even then I would still need to pick up the carboy and carry it about 6-8 feet out of the closet to the table, so there’s still risk. Is it okay to siphon at the same height? Has anyone does this before?
Sorry if I sound overly paranoid. This is my first beer and I want to give it my best.