Why didn’t I Buy This Earlier?
Before departing on my holiday I mail-ordered a large-diameter (1/2″) auto-siphon. What is an auto-siphon you ask? It is this:
Basically, its a siphon you start by pumping the racking cane (the hard plastic portion of the siphon) inside of a wine-thief like outer tube. Pumping primes the siphon, then you set back and let it rip. No sucking beer into the siphon, no pre-filling the siphon with water, no fingers plugging the business end, no accidental contacts while trying to move a filled siphon into the beer and empty keg. Simply clean, insert into beer/keg, pump a few times, and away it goes.
This thing is a huge time (and pain) saver. It takes a few seconds longer to sanitize, but starts in a few seconds, and the larger diameter of the siphon drained 20L of Überschuss European Ale into a keg in less than two minutes – far faster than the normal 5-6 minutes usually required to transfer that much beer.
Faster and easier – and probably a lesser chance of infection as well!