Posted: 30/01/2015 at 00:59
What a complicated description of siphoning.
Place the end of the hose pipe (not too long a length, just enough to reach the bottom of the butt, and down to the ground on the outside) in the water butt. Suck water through it. Just before the water reaches your mouth seal the end of the pipe with your thumb and take the pipe down to the ground and water should siphon out of it.
When the siphon is going well you can make sure the pipe goes as low in the water as it will without the siphon stopping. You'll be able to tip the butt to get the last water out easily.