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doggage 02-24-2009 03:31 AM

Wort Aeration Stone
 
Anyone know of a reason I couldn't use an aquarium aeration stone instead of the stainless steel variety? Any significant benefits to the stainless steel diffusion stones or detractions from the acquarium stones? I've used the latter but wasn't sure if there was a risk of contamination, breakage, or other problems. (Obviously I would sanitize either thoroughly before using.)

JMSetzler 02-24-2009 03:59 AM

The main advantage of the stainless steel stones is the smaller pores that allows for finer oxygenation. The stainless steel stones would also require a more powerful aquarium pump to push air through them if that's what you would be using instead of an oxygen tank.

jay672 02-24-2009 05:36 AM

Ive always used an aquarium stone i usually only use them for say 4 or 5 batches then throw them out but they are cheap and i probably dont have to throw them out i just get worried about contamination but ive never had an issue.

GilaMinumBeer 02-24-2009 05:52 AM

The benifit to the stainless is the abilty of them to withstand rigorous cleaning regimes. Boiling, chemicals, etc....

doggage 02-25-2009 01:55 AM

JMSetzler, I've been using a little disposable oxygen welding tank.

I guess the size of the bubbles isn't a big deal to me. Just didn't want any of that blue stone floating around in my beer. Thanks, everyone.

JMSetzler 02-25-2009 02:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doggage (Post 1157237)
JMSetzler, I've been using a little disposable oxygen welding tank.

I guess the size of the bubbles isn't a big deal to me. Just didn't want any of that blue stone floating around in my beer. Thanks, everyone.

I say whatever works :)

I just shake up my fermenter :)

iasquith 02-26-2009 12:47 PM

Iv'e used the little stones for many brews without problems .
I guess if small bits come away after a time they will fall out anyway .

ClaudiusB 02-26-2009 08:38 PM

I don't think the non stainless hold up.

Stainless all the way.
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/f...xygenStone.jpg

Cheers,
ClaudiusB


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