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Old 12-12-2010, 12:41 AM   #1
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I recently made NB bourbon barrel porter everything went smooth until tonight while transferring to my keg. I usually do not use a secondary fermenter since I have a conical but I needed to put this in a carboy to let it mix with the bourbon and oak, I bought a racking cane and used some tubing I had after a while I noticed that the tube was not completely sealed around the racking can and sucking in air, have I basically aerated my beer while transferring?! After a while the siphon stopped working leaving about a half gallon+ in the carboy. Is the beer in the keg going to be stale by the time its ready? I am drinking whats left in the carboy it is delicious uncarbed! I hope it is not ruined.

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Old 12-12-2010, 01:49 AM   #2
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If you have co2 maybe aerate with co2 may help. Or keg it, pressurize it, and drink it.

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Old 12-12-2010, 02:02 AM   #3
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I'm thinking maybe the bigger beers stand up to oxidation better than lighter ones--but not sure. The advice for a beer you think is aerated is to drink it up sooner rather than later. Tough medicine, right?

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Old 12-12-2010, 11:13 AM   #4
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I hope it is not to big of an issue, it is in the keg I will give it a try in a week or so.

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Old 12-12-2010, 02:50 PM   #5
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Aeration is a bigger problem on the hot side, if its just from the racking cane you probably introduced a small amount air to the beer but probably not enough to alter the heavy flavors of the porter. You might have long term stability issues, just make sure you drink it fast. Regarding the beer in the keg, I'd use the set it and forget option and enjoy it.

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Old 12-12-2010, 03:06 PM   #6
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Well if it tastes half as good as it did when I was putting it in the keg I don't think drinking it quickly will be an issue!

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Old 12-12-2010, 03:42 PM   #7
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I had this happen once but it did not adversly affect the flavor of the beer. Your beer will be fine.

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Old 12-12-2010, 06:32 PM   #8
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I had this happen once but it did not adversly affect the flavor of the beer. Your beer will be fine.
ditto. bought new tubing which was too loose and allowed aeration but it didn't make a noticable difference. you'll be fine.
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:08 PM   #9
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Are you sure it was sucking in air, or was dissolved CO2 forming bubbles around a nucleation point created by the joint?

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joety, I've never heard of this before. Can you elaborate?

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