Ok - so I am planning on bottling on Sunday if everything goes well as far as my gravity checks. Last night I bought an auto-siphon. I wanted to test out the bottle equipment which leads me to my questions! According to the brew kit that I bought, here is what they say for bottling: Place the bucket on a chair below the fermenter and fix the transfer tubing to the spigot on the fermenter, directing the open end into the bottling bucket. Open the fermenter’s spigot and drain the beer into the bottling bucket, diverting the first portion of the beer into your hydrometer jar, which you can set aside until you are done bottling. -So question #1 - based on this, they are saying just open the spigot to transfer the beer to the bottling bucket - so do I even need to use the auto-siphon. If I use the spigot, doesn't some of the "gunk" from fermenting then wash into the beer? -Question #2 - I must be stupid (hold back from agreeing too quickly!) - but the next part of the instructions says: Attach the tubing to the spigot on the bottling bucket and insert the bottle filling wand into the open end. The tubing fits nice and snug on the spigot - but no matter how I try - I cannot get it to attach to the bottle wand. The opening seems too big compared to the tubing. I don't know - I gotta believe that the starter kit has the right size tubing - so what the heck? After some serious thought - I have come up with the name of my beer. I think I will call my first batch WTF - when people drink it, they will invariably say "What the F....!?!"