Frequently Asked Questions
Note : not recommended for use with Chinese Carboys as they have been know
to break - without vacuum applied to them.
Always check your carboys for any imperfections prior to using them
out link here
How heavy is the unit ?
6 pounds. Dimensions are 14w x 5.5l x 14h inches.
Why doesn’t the package include the glass bottle or the racking canes?
These items are readily available from most local wine making supply stores. Please contact me if you are unable to source them.
When filling bottles, should the carboy be at the same level or lower than the bottles?
Bottles should always has to be higher than the carboy you’re pulling from. This allows gravity to automatically adjust the bottles liquid height.
When should the vacuum wine bottle be emptied?
The vacuum wine bottle should be emptied when it is half full.
What can happen if I do not empty the vacuum wine bottle?
Wine from the vacuum wine bottle can flow to the pump and pump damage may occur.
Can I use the pump to filter?
Yes. It has been used with a standard whole house filter set up. The whole house filter uses filter paper elements costing around 5-10 dollars each, 10 - 0.35 micron sizes , 98% efficient.
Is this made for industrial use?
No, the unit is designed for intermittent use by home wine makers.
Is it easy to use?
Yes! Just watch the video. If you have any questions please email me.
Can the unit be used for the removal of CO2?
Yes. Using the pump for racking from one carboy to another automatically removes the CO2. Splashing the wine in the carboy which is being filled can assist in removing the CO2.
NOTE – Using the vacuum pump to pull a steady vacuum directly from a carboy is an exceptionally inefficient method of removing CO2. This is not recommended as it unduly loads the vacuum pump reducing its life span.
Do they make different adapters for smaller jugs?
Yes. I can sell them, or you email me for step by step directions.
Does this unit require oil to be added occasionally?
No. This is a completely self-contained unit which never requires oil.
How quiet is the unit?
The unit is quiet enough so that you can hold a conversation while the pump is running.
Could it possibly hurt the wine?
Absolutely not! It can only make it better and help you from lifting those heavy carboys.
Does the wine ever touch the pump?
No! It is all done on the principle of vacuum, little exposure to air while transferring or bottling.
What is the vacuum release for?
1 - For transferring. Just before the end of the transfer, push the vacuum release to prevent excessive air from entering the receiving carboy.
2 - For bottling. Once you reach the determined height pushing the vacuum release will slow the bottling process and gravity will take over to make all your bottles a consistent height.
Why not for 15 gallon demi johns ?
The glass of the 15 gallon demi john is extremely thin because it is typically hand blown. You can transfer from a demi john to a smaller carboy.
What is the line on the bottle filler for ?
There is a small hole to slow down the filling process, attach vacuum
before line to slow down filling process
What if I have a problem getting my tube on the racking cane
Put end of tube under warm water for easier removal and installing
What should I clean the vacuum release with ?
You only should use water to clean it, any sulfites will erode the vacuum
release - only vacuum goes thru here not wine
Can I use the standard A/C vacuum pumps that I have seen
advertised and on some Wine Forums ?
It is very hard to control the vacuum while transferring or bottling.
They are loud.
They are heavy!!
It is more complicated. You would still need a vacuum reservoir and release valve, possible gauges, and more.
They use oil and it is critical that the oil level always be maintained or the pump will burn out.
Oil can leak through the overflow tube into the vacuum overflow container which contains overflow wine.
After continued use, oil fumes can be smelled in the room.
During use the oil from the unit escapes from the air valve pooling on your “soaker rag” under the a/c vacuum pump.
Yes, I have used and experimented with the a/c vacuum pump for a long time. Through years of experimentation I invented the best vacuum pump for home wine makers on the market today.
Our pumps are oil free!! No smell, quiet, only pulls up to 22 inches of vacuum, less chance of carboy mishaps, more controllable and lighter and easier to use
How to incorporate a BB with
the Allinone -
years I have figured out how to incorporate the plastic BB carboys with
the All In One. You can always pull from a BB or an open container –
whether you are transferring, bottling or filtering – you do have to go
into a glass container in order to withstand the vacuum pressure otherwise
it will collapse. I have talked to many customers who have both types of
carboys and this is what I recommend. Transfer from BB to glass to remove
CO2 and sediment. The glass carboy should be higher than the BB for the
next time you transfer; you can start a small vacuum, only to get the
gravity to work for you and then turn off the pump. This way there is
still no lifting heavy carboys !!
Filtering set-up See this link
Barb set-up for housing = 1/4 npt to barb connection for hose