I made jig by drilling holes in a PVC pipe. I wrap this in a fine mesh bag and push into the must. Samples can be drawn from inside the pipe, and at pressing time I rack as much liquid as I can from it before pressing. Saves labor.
I think mine is 4" diameter -- the Fermtech wine thief barely fits inside.I tried a mesh bag directly around an autosiphon today, and that failed miserably. I think there needs to be a large enough amount of space around the siphon to allow wine to flow in as fast as it's being pumped out. Your solution looks great for that. Is that about 2" dia PVC?
Mine was made from scrap, slightly less than the $500+ USD that the stainless model costs. OTOH, I probably make < 1% of what the winery makes ...The winery I worked at for a couple harvests used a "shorkel" attached to the pump to drain tanks before pressing. Basically this but with stainless pipe and fittings to connect directly to the pump:
I like this, and then I can cook ramen the other 11 months of the year!I use a deep "noodle" strainer like this to take samples from must:
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