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Old 06-10-2009, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default 02 aeration (oxygenation?)

What do I actually need to use this method? Just the small 02 tank ($10?), a regulator ($20?) and some tubing ($6-10) to run from the regulator to the bottom of the bucket? Do they sell everything I need at home depot or ace hardware?

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Old 06-10-2009, 02:05 PM   #2
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the regulator is left hand threads so is the O2 bottle. The oxygen acetylene torch set at HD runs about 49 bucks. Unless you have use for one better to buy the kit from Williams or other vendor

And an O2 set up isnt required you can aerate by shaking or just using a wire whisk. Some here have great results with the paint stirrers up put on an electric drill all will work . I use o2 because I am lazy ...



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Old 06-10-2009, 04:58 PM   #3
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You'll also need a stainless aeration/diffusion stone to attach to the end of the hose in the wort. The stone will break up the oxygen into very tiny bubbles and allow it to be absorbed by the wort more easily. Without the stone on the end of the hose you'll end up wasting a lot of O2.

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Without the stone on the end of the hose you'll end up wasting a lot of O2.
Just remember that any bubble you see is O2 not in your wort, too.

+1 for shaking the heck out of it. Aeration and Aerobic exercise in one.
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Thanks all. I guess I'm not really looking to spend as much as this would cost to avoid shaking.

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At Northern Brewer they have a o2 kit for $36.00



Then you just need the $10 disposable tank.

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Thanks all. I guess I'm not really looking to spend as much as this would cost to avoid shaking.
All in good time. I remember saying to myself, ah.... buckets are fine. I don't want to spend the money on a better bottle. Ah, bottling is fine, I don't want a kegerator.
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haha, yeah. I thought I'd just have to buy the $120 kit. Then I needed an 8 huge kettle. Then I needed some more fermenters, a chiller, a MLT, now O2...it never ends!

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And thanks Tommyboy, I might actually spring for that one.

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I think the kit from Williams is worth the extra $10. The SS rod makes sure that the stone stays at the bottom of the carboy and doesn't float to the top while pumping in O2. I have no complaints about mine.



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