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Old 08-19-2012, 04:04 AM   #1
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Default How on earth do I submerge my aeration stone?

So I recently purchased the aeration kit from Austin Homebrew. It was a total impulse buy because I was in the store and decided that I needed to aerate a batch of mead that I was planning. While attempting to aerate the must that night, I found a serious limitation in this kit. Because the aeration stone is attached to a length of flexible tubing, it just floats up to the top...not very ideal for aerating a 5 gal batch of liquid. If I had done my research before buying this kit, I probably would have gone with the aeration wand from William's Brewing. It has a rigid stainless steel tube permanently attached to the stone.

Well, since I'm already in for the cost of the Austin Homebrew aeration kit, I'd like to know if you guys have any ideas on how I can improve upon/salvage it. My thought was to replicate the William's aeration wand by attaching a length of rigid tubing to the stone. The problem is, I don't really know what I'm looking for. I figured I'd just throw in a 2-foot piece of 1/4" OD rigid tubing on an Amazon order that I've been working on, but I can't find what I need, partially because I don't know what it would be called.

Does anyone have any suggestions on ordering what I need or even other ideas? My aeration kit currently seems worthless, so all ideas are welcome.

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Old 08-19-2012, 04:40 AM   #2
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sanitize a nut, place near end of stone, submerge.

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Old 08-19-2012, 06:05 AM   #3
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sanitize a nut, place near end of stone, submerge.
I'd love to try this, but do you recommend that I sanitize my left nut, or my right nut?
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:10 AM   #4
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Here's what I did:

I bought a stainless steel racking cane (3/8 inch OD). I connect my regulator to a length of 3/8 inch OD (1/4 inch ID) vinyl tubing, secured with a hose clamp. I connect the vinyl tubing to the curved end of the racking cane with a 3 inch length of 3/8 inch ID silicone tubing (goes over the vinyl tubing) which is secured using stainless steel hose clamps at each end. I attach the stone to the straight end of the cane as follows: I attach a 2 1/2 inch length of 3/8 inch ID silicone tubing to the barb on the stone using a SS hose clamp. I attach the other end of the silicone tube to the racking cane with another hose clamp, but this hose clamp is not clamped down totally tight. I leave it just loose enough that I can slide the silicone tubing on or off the racking cane, but with some force required to do this, allowing me to remove the stone for sanitization by boiling. I sanitize the stone and its attached silicone tube in boiling water and sanitize the racking cane with StarSan or Iodophor. I pull the stone from the boiling water with tongs, dump it into some sanitizer to cool it off and keep it sanitary, then using sanitized gloves, I slide the tubing onto the racking cane (grasping the tubing, not the stone) and I'm ready to go. The important thing is to keep the hose clamp on the end of the silicone tubing which slips over the racking cane tight enough that the stone/tubing combo will not fall off (or you could slide it on and then tighten the hose clamp with a sanitized screwdriver). I normally leave everything connected after use except the stone with its short piece of tubing which is removable for sanitization or cleaning in boiling water. It's easier to use than it is to describe.

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Old 08-19-2012, 06:22 AM   #5
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I vote go with the stainless nut or washers on the end. If you can't find any I am sure JPC will share his. Who is he you say? The guy making noise when he walks.

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Old 08-19-2012, 02:28 PM   #6
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I'd love to try this, but do you recommend that I sanitize my left nut, or my right nut?
If you happen to be iron man, or wolverine, I would say either, so long as they are made of some type of non pours metal.
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I attach mine to the long end of a racking cane with a rubber band.. KISS method.

Yes, all sanitized..

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I used a stainless hose clamp down towards the stone, then I slid on some stainless washers/nuts that the I.D. was smaller than the hose clamp so they couldn't fall off.

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Just get some thicker silicone hose. Then you can boil both to sanitize. I always boil my stone before use....

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I run the hose from the pump to the stone through a racking cane.

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