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Old 01-26-2011, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default Thoughts on moving pail or carboy during fermentation?

I need to move my pail during fermentation. How will this affect the beer? The move will be within my home, so I expect relatively little agitation during the move.

I imagine some sediment will be kicked up, and will re-settle with additional racking time. Is this the only detriment to moving a pail or carboy during fermentation?

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Old 01-26-2011, 10:46 PM   #2
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There's some possibility of oxidation, so you'll want to be as careful and gentle as possible to keep splashing and whatnot to a minimum. Beyond that and leaving it for a few days or a week after to settle, it's not a big issue.

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Now I am very new, so bear with me. Wouldn't there be a head of CO2 built up in the bucket? Thus minimizing even more the risk of oxidation?

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Now I am very new, so bear with me. Wouldn't there be a head of CO2 built up in the bucket? Thus minimizing even more the risk of oxidation?
Yes...move it and don't worry. Might actually help settle some of the yeast from the sides of the vessel and help to clear before transfer. I say this trusting you are not moving to another state via horse and buggy on a rutted dirt road! Oh yea, you said in the house. Seriously, move it...don't worry one bit.
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Right on, fellas. I've moved it and other than some minor rocking action, there was no splashing, so whatever oxygen was in the headspace is very unlikely to have dissolved into the beer.

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Oxidation is a really jacked-up topic. Everybody talks about it, but few people on the homebrewing level have actually experienced it, to the extent it was a "problem". Everybody looks for problems that generally do not exist, and regurgitates internet chatter they have no basis to form an opinion upon.

When you move your fermenter around you will stir up the yeast bed, and might see a bit of increased fermentation activity for a day or two, as you woke up some sleepers.

Otherwise, chill. The beer / yeast is going to do do what it is designed to do, no matter how much you worry about it.

It's a done deal.

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^^^^VERY well said.

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Just don't drop the fermenter on your foot. I think that is a much larger concern.
Your beer will be fine.
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Now I am very new, so bear with me. Wouldn't there be a head of CO2 built up in the bucket? Thus minimizing even more the risk of oxidation?
Yep, but once you start to move it you're going to start disturbing that layer. Didn't say it was a huge danger. Just something to be cautious of.
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I move my fermenting carboys around all the time. From closet to freezer, from freezer to countertop. As long as you carefull you should be ok, oxidizing is not an issue in this case, you really have to shake it hard to oxidize your brew.

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