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Old 01-15-2009, 07:55 PM   #21
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wah...not really. it's more of who is right.

not that any one method is ever the only correct one, but i would just like to state once and for all that shaking your fermenter will not oxidate or in any way screw up your beer.

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Old 01-15-2009, 08:02 PM   #22
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oh, and mine's bigger.

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Old 01-15-2009, 08:06 PM   #23
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it also helps if while shaking you yell " You lazy sob's get up off your a$$ and get to work"

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Old 01-15-2009, 08:09 PM   #24
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and the most important reason to shake.. It gives the noobs like me something to do!

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Old 01-15-2009, 08:14 PM   #25
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How many of you shake your primaries to get the cake suspended during fermentation, and when/how often do you shake it? Is more than 3 times playing with it?
I only mess with it if it's stalling on me, or if there is a prolonged, creeping fermentation that is close to FG but prevents bottling nonetheless because of continued CO2 release. Otherwise, I am happy to have a nice layer of yeast isolating the trub from the rest of the beer.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:20 PM   #26
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wah...not really. it's more of who is right.

not that any one method is ever the only correct one, but i would just like to state once and for all that shaking your fermenter will not oxidate or in any way screw up your beer.
OK, I agree. But what are the chances it will oxidize it?
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ahhh, ya got me!

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Old 01-15-2009, 08:36 PM   #28
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I don't shake or swirl. I spin. Only on bigger beers though to help the yeast stay in suspension and attenuate more, or when fermenting cooler like with a hefeweizen that I don't want banana flavors in.

If you keep the carboy on the floor and give it a good 1/4 turn quick spin a few times, the beer barely moves but the yeast at the bottom that's adhering to the fermenter gets very agitated and re-suspended.

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Mine is the biggest! j/k, i have swirled a few times when i have had stuck fermentation or it was lagging.

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How would one go about swirling an Ale Pail?

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