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Old 10-12-2007, 10:13 PM   #1
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After my first AG I've been worrying about my attenuation. I rough poured the wort out of the brew kettle and splashed things about but I'm worried I don't have enough oxygen in the wort for fermentation.

I was in HomeDepot today and saw those little oxygen bottles and thought about getting that and a stone.

So my question is how many people use oxygen?
How necessary/helpful is it?

I'm not really doing any big beers.

Paddockwood has a regulator for $36.00 and a stone for $20.00 is that a good deal?

How many batches do you get out of those little bottles?

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Opps thought I was in Equipment. Mods feel free to move this there. Or leave it, I guess Oxygen is sort of an ingredient.

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Williams brewstore has the regulator, airstone, and tubing for like $45.

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Williams brewstore has the regulator, airstone, and tubing for like $45.
The William's one also had a thin rod that makes adding oxygen very easy. I'm pretty sure they're the only ones that have that feature.
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I use oxygen and like it. IMHO it's important but actually one of the last pieces of equipment you really NEED. I'd recommend holding off until you're either doing full extract boils or all grain.

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I use it. I got the one from Williams Brewing, and love it. It's quick and easy on my back, and I get 15 - 20 brews out of a bottle of oxygen (after I learned to throttle it down). With the O2 in the starter and primary, my lag times have been reduced to about 3 - 4 hours, which means my beer is ready for drinking about 1 day earlier.

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With the O2 in the starter and primary, my lag times have been reduced to about 3 - 4 hours, which means my beer is ready for drinking about 1 day earlier.
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Right but besides being ready a day before and saving a few minutes on the brew day does it make better beer? ie. more consistent results?

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I am just using the aquarium pump with filter and stone now, I did pick up a oxygen regulator off eBay but need to get a big tank somewhere yet. I think I will rig it up with the SS tube and stone, sounds much easier than wimpy hose I am using now.

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I use it in all my starter and my wort before I pitch. This is a very important step that should not be skipped. I got my setup from B3.

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This will make you think......http://beertools.com/html/articles.php?view=245

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Right but besides being ready a day before and saving a few minutes on the brew day does it make better beer? ie. more consistent results?

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The first few times I used it, consistency undoubtedly suffered. This inn't surprising, I was experimenting by doing something different. When I learned to throttle back on the O2 (just very light bubbles through the stone for 60 - 75 seconds), consistency returned, and the O2 tanks lasted a lot longer.
I think the link from ScubaSteve could shed some light on why this happened.

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