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Old 05-06-2009, 09:10 PM   #1
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Default "WILLIAM'S OXYGEN AERATION SYSTEM" Does it help?

I am pretty new to brewing. Only 15 gallons under my belt.
<extract and steeping grain LHBS recipes only>
Problem is, I have also been getting less that satisfactory attenuation. I use the Shake My Ale Pale Method to aerate my wort. Also my starter making process so far has probably been counterproductive.
(I plan to remedy my starter problem with my next brew I don't want any advice on starter making!)
I just want to know...
Is oxygenation really worth it?
Is there enough gain in attenuation to grant the $50 for the system?
Or, can I just use an aquarium pump and hydroponic aeration stone?



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Old 05-06-2009, 09:14 PM   #2
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The pump will work but takes a lot longer. Also get a inline HEPA inline filter lots of nasties floating around in the air. I use the O2 kit



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Old 05-06-2009, 09:30 PM   #3
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I use the O2 kit. You can get a higher amount of oxygen in the wort with O2 than you can with air. Shaking or air should be sufficient for most yeast growth, but I wanted to have optimum growth. I also use starters now for the most part. I haven't made enough beer to say if it definitely helps though.

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Old 05-06-2009, 09:30 PM   #4
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Ahoy hoy,
I have the one from williams that uses oxygen tanks. I run it for about a minute, stirring the while. i have it bubbling at the low end, you get a feel for it after you overfoam the jug once
All my yeasts have seemed to enjoy themselves after this, and its not too pricey in the long run, so i do it every time before adding yeast.
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+1 O2 kit. I haven't had a fermentation take longer than 12 hours to start since using it, and some pretty lively ones.

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I like my O2 kit as well. that 22" stainless airstone wand is damn near worth $50 on its own, which is why I got this one and not a competitor product that has no wand (so you have to find a way to sink it to the bottom cuz it wants to float otherwise).

i have no attenuation problems, and very active fermentations even when I keep it under 70F during primary.

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I like my O2 kit as well. that 22" stainless airstone wand is damn near worth $50 on its own, which is why I got this one and not a competitor product that has no wand (so you have to find a way to sink it to the bottom cuz it wants to float otherwise).

i have no attenuation problems, and very active fermentations even when I keep it under 70F during primary.
I got one of the other ones, not the wand. Wish now I had gone for the wand, as it would make stirring easier.
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Get the o2 kit...and a blowoff tube setup at the same time. Trust me.

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Could someone post a link to one of these O2 kits. I've never had an issue with fermentation not taking off within 12 hours and I don't really do anything other than open a packet of dry yeast and dump it in... I'm all for getting better results though.

Is this the #1 thing to do to yield better results?

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Williams: WILLIAM'S OXYGEN AERATION SYSTEM @ Williams Brewing



Think I got this one: Austin Homebrew Supply



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