Master Vintner kit siphon

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I'm using my first wine kit and have always had issues getting the siphon going. How do I know if I have a defective one? I've watched the Master Vinter (by Wine Authority) video of him bottle siphoning and he seems to just jiggle and lightly pump a couple of times and it siphons great. I do have bottles below the carboy, so that's not the issue. I have to really raise and lower the siphon rod quite a bit to get it going, and then it flows extremely slow. And because I have to raise the rod so high the bottling tube pulls out of the bottle. This shouldn't be this difficult, should it?
 

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Sounds like you have an air leak somewhere in your string. As long as the source is higher in elevation, even by a little bit, it should work as long as suction can occur.
 

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Here is what I often do (mostly to solve a different problem). I hold the autosiphon above the carboy, then lower ONLY the outer tube into the carboy, holding the inner plunger out of the carboy. The result is a tube full of wine, with the "plunger" extended. Then I push the plunger down while feeding the outlet tube into the receiving vessel.
 
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