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Fermenter's Favorites® Rack Magic® Siphon

$11.99

SKU# 41822

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Introducing our newest siphon: Rack Magic®! Redesigned to offer superior strength and cleanability. This siphon is the easiest, quickest way to transfer wort from primary to secondary or to siphon your delicious brew from carboy to bottle. With the racking cane, it only takes a few minutes to siphon off a 5-gallon batch and the tip on the racking cane is specially designed to minimize the pickup of sediment during transfer. Works with the 5/16" Siphon Clamp, too.

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Fermenter's Favorites® Rack Magic™ Siphon

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Introducing our newest siphon: Rack Magic®! Redesigned to offer superior strength and cleanability. This siphon is the easiest, quickest way to transfer wort from primary to secondary or to siphon your delicious brew from carboy to bottle. With the racking cane, it only takes a few minutes to siphon off a 5-gallon batch and the tip on the racking cane is specially designed to minimize the pickup of sediment during transfer.

  • Can be completely disassembled for cleaning
  • Body is made out of 35% thicker plastic for better shatter resistance
  • Bottom cap screws on so you will never lose it again
  • Feels much more solid and well-built
  • Purpose built for brewers by brewers
  • Works best with 5/16" ID siphon hose, but 3/8" will work as well.
  • Max. operating temperature 140° F
  • Length: 26.5"

Works with the 5/16" Siphon Clamp, too.
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Reviews
2.9 / 5.0
45 Reviews
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Love it.
Auto siphons are where it’s at. This one worked great. I wish it was just slightly smaller but it does just fine. It beats the heck out of making your own siphon.
April 17, 2018
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Poor Design & No Warning on Minimum Gap on Bottom Fitting
When I tried to transfer my brew to the secondary fermenter the pump wouldn't properly fill the interior tube and attached tubing. I finally had to fill the siphon and tube manually and start a Siphon the old fashion way. I lost the siphon and restarted three time. ?

I then performed forensics to understand what went wrong. See pictures of the tubing connection, bottom end of siphon and bottom end parts. I concluded that the siphon design failed to include a feature that prevents the bottom end from being completely closed. The closed end prevented a minimum flow through the siphon and slowly introduced air/CO2 from the brew breaking the siphon. Best I can tell the manufacturer and Northern don't include a warning or instructions for properly re-assembling the Siphon. Northern does include similar information in Responses to Reviews. However, that's inadequate.

The design should be modified to assure a minimum gap. In addition, the manufacturer and Northern should include a warning and instructions for properly re-assembling the Siphon for a gap. With this change I'd give the Siphon 4 STARS.

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I tried the Fermenter's Favorites® Rack Magic® Siphon on sterilized solution first before transferring my brew to a secondary fermenter. I wasn't impressed by the pumping action and tube filling but felt the siphon and attached tubing work somewhat like the video on Northern.

When I tried to transfer my brew to the secondary fermenter the pump wouldn't properly fill the interior tube and attached tubing. I finally had to fill the siphon and tube manually and start a Siphon the old fashion way. I lost the siphon three time and restarted the old fashion way. ?

Not a happy camper since each fill increases the chance of contamination. After loosing the siphon another time I decided to call it good and threw away a few bottles of perfectly good brew to avoid another chance of contamination and siphoning sludge.

Stupid design and stupid for me to not notice the bottom was closed. Also stupid for the manufacturer and Northern include a warning or instructions for properly re-assembling the Siphon.

I then verified my conclusion with ~1/16 inch gap on the bottom fitting with 3 gallons of sanitizing solution. Pumping 2-3 times filled the inner tube and tubing and siphoning done in less than 5 minutes with no loss in siphon.
Minimum Gap IMO
Gap closed resulting in inadequate flow and air/CO2 released from brew into Siphon and tubing.
Parts of Bottom Fitting. Design doesn't assume a minimum gap.
Siphon the tubing connection. No air ingestion.
March 31, 2018
The Rack Magic siphon worked perfectly. I would recommend it.
March 2, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Worked great until I went to clean it
Did my first brew and it worked great. I took it apart to clean it and now can't put it back together..
February 18, 2018
WILL WORK FOR YOU IF YOU WORK WITH IT
Yes, the first one I bought broke before I could use it when I dropped it while it was slick with sanitizer; but as far as I can see, these type siphons are the only game in town; so I bought another and now I have a working one and some spare parts; found that it worked better by starting flow with 3 or 4 short pumps, not one or two l-o-n-g ones; I clean it before and after use, disassembling every time; i keep the end out of the schmutz at the bottom of the fermenter to prevent slow flow or clogging; the more I use it, the better we get along.
February 5, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Works but falls apart in short order
It's a fine siphon while it lasts, but the seal on the piston part breaks down very easily. I've had two. NB replaced the first one (on the left in the photo) when I complained but did not replace the second (on the right in the photo). I will not buy this product again.
It falls apart.
It falls apart.
February 3, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Junk
When I got this siphon I was super stoked. It is definitely more sturdy than other siphons out there but going off of the other reviews mine was not as airtight. Not a huge issue but when I was going to clean mine out, trying to get the inside part out and back in is so incredibly hard that my seal broke. See picture. I read the directions to a T. I’m so disappointed. Now I’m out 12$ and I have to push back on my timeline to rack the secondary. Quite an inconvenience.
Rubber seal broken when trying to put inner tube back in.
Rubber seal broken when trying to put inner tube back in.
January 30, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Not good
Difficult to use. I'm going back to the cheapie one I'm replacing it with. Does not need to be this complicated an item, makes it much more difficult to use, and the plunger you have to force down the tube. Also, not the threaded plastic could harbor nasties if not cleaned properly. Who designed this?
November 27, 2017
Purchased
6 months ago
Excellent siphon
Product works as described and is high quality. I like how you can take all the pieces apart for easy cleaning
November 13, 2017
Purchased
6 months ago
Stronger, yes. More robust, but clunky and not as air tight as the cheaper ones.
November 2, 2017
Purchased
6 months ago
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I am curious if there is a trick to using this so it doesn't introduce massive amounts of air bubbles while siphoning? I had to stop/start the siphon about a dozen times the very first time I used it due to an insane amount of air coming through the line. I still bottled the beer (my first batch - let's just say my hopes are NOT high), but I was so disappointed by how much air came through. I know the bottom is adjustable, so I'm curious if I should tighten it down more to slow the siphon down? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
David P on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It sounds to me like yours is not working right! It should not leak air into the siphon hose as it moves liquid, that would indicate that there is an air-leak in the seal on the inner tube of the siphon, or air is leaking at the hose connection to the siphon. If 5/16" tubing is used, it should not leak at the hose connection, as it is very tight, so it may be that it's leaking at the flexible seal on the internal tube. If that's the case, we can replace this unit for you. Take a look at yours and let us know if that seems to be the case, we would gladly send you a new one! -Mike W, Northern Brewer
What is the temperature limit on this siphon? Can it be used to transfer liquids that are heated to 180 F degrees?
C A on Jun 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't try. I had the older version of the siphon and used it for warmer wort temps. The bottom of it warped and it had to be replaced.
I have been having trouble getting my Rack Magic siphon to start after two pumps in some of my beers. What is going wrong?
C O on Apr 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are a few things you can do to ensure that your siphon will start more quickly:

1. Make sure that you have wet the seal in your siphon, while you sanitize. That will make it easier to pump the siphon and go through a full sweep of the pump.
2. If you have disassembled the bottom tip of your Rack Magic for cleaning, make sure that the gap at the bottom tip is at least 1/8" after you have reassembled.
3. Do not stick the tip of the Rack Magic directly into the trub that has settled at the bottom of your beer. If there is too much trub to rest the tip on the punt at the bottom of your fermenter, hold the Rack Magic tightly against the side of your fermenter with one hand while you pump with the other. This will help prevent the trub from getting sucked into the Rack Magic and clogging the siphon. It will also keep the Rack Magic from stirring up all of the trub that you have let settle out.

That should help get the siphon flowing. If not, please contact us to help further.
Hope it helps,
Todd J
The first time I used this, I had very little suction. At some point, I gave up and dumped the rest of the wort out. I may have reassembled something incorrectly after sanitizing. Do you have any ideas?
S A on Feb 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Scott,

Sorry to hear about that. Were you able to get any beer into it all? Perhaps the bottom cap was screwed to tight. I would also check the gasket on the end of the inner tube for damage. I'd also try it out with water to see if you can get it to work. If you can't, let me know and I'll have a replacement shipped out for you.

Cheers,

Charles
what is the outer diameter of this? will it fit in the mouth of a 1 gallon glass jug?
P L on Feb 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The widest part is the plastic fitting on the bottom. This is 1.017 inches in diameter (measured with my calipers). I wonder, however, why you need a siphon to empty a 1-gallion jug. Couldn't you merely decant by pouring? The housing of this device is 23.5 inches long. Seems like it would be cumbersome, using it with such a small jug.
What size clamp do I need for this? I'm guessing the 1/2 inch, but I want to be sure before I order.

Thanks!
L U on Feb 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You'll want to use the 5/16" AutoSiphon clamp, part #7151. This will fit onto the new Rack Magic Siphons. Have a good day! -Mike W, Northern Brewer
What bottle filler do you guys recommend for this siphon?
Justin B on Apr 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I do not fill bottles directly with the siphon. I use the siphon to rack to a bottling bucket equipped with a spigot attached to a tune and regular spring plunger bottle filler.
What bottle filler do you guys recommend with this siphon?
A shopper on Apr 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I don’t recommend racking directly to bottles with this or any siphon. Best to rack off your fermenting vessel to a bottling bucket or directly to keg.
Is this the product that comes with the new small batch kits? I had issues with it and reviews seem to imply I am not the only one...
A shopper on Aug 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes I bought the same one and it has never worked yet. It never seems to prime
Can I buy a new seal? Mine leaks air.
A shopper on Jul 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We do not sell parts for the siphon. Sorry for any inconvenience. Cheers!
What size hose should I use on this? Would this product work? http://www.northernbrewer.com/5-16-id-siphon-hose
S C on Feb 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It works best with 5/16" ID siphon hose, but 3/8" will work as well.
Can it be sanitized with Alcohol 70%?
A shopper on Aug 27, 2017

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