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Old 08-10-2011, 05:16 AM   #1
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Default Accidentally aerated when transfer to 2ndary

While siphoning from the primary to secondary, I got some air at the very end, which kind of "fizzed"/bubbled into the secondary for a couple seconds. I know o2 is not a good thing to introduce.....think this could be a problem?

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Old 08-10-2011, 07:32 AM   #2
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No should not be a problem. Happens to me all the time.

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Old 08-10-2011, 07:48 AM   #3
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Those couple of bubbles from the end of a syphoning are nothing to worry about... Now letting the whole transfer splash around in the secondary and then shaking the carboy up... that would make for some wet cardboard

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what about if you get a small bubble where the siphoning cane connects to the tubing that goes to your keg?

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and it bubbles the entire time during transfer?... yeah, that can be a big problem

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Not a problem if you drink the batch quickly. Invite a few friends over...

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"Accidentally aerated when transfer to 2ndary" ... sorry for a second there I thought maybe you farted while siphoning. While you might think it will effect your beer, and make the dog go into the other room, it won't hurt anything either.

I agree with Shafferpilot. Honestly, a little air is no big deal and at times unavoidable. After all, unless you're transferring your beer under vaccuum there is going to be air in the secondary. Think about it, the whole surface area of the beer is exposed to air. That 2 or 3 seconds of micro bubbles didn't equal out to enough surface area to do squat.

Personally, I think the whole fear of aeration is a bit over blown. Is it a valid concern, yes. I will not dispute that. Is it a bit exaggerated to the point we're worrying about exposure times in the seconds? Yes I do.

Just relax, your beer will be just fine.

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Thanks folks!

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what about if you get a small bubble where the siphoning cane connects to the tubing that goes to your keg?
If this is just one bubble and not an air leak I would say that it is actually stationary. It may look like a lot but the bubble is probably just "wiggling" as the liquid passes it. It would not add any oxygen at all.
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If this is just one bubble and not an air leak I would say that it is actually stationary. It may look like a lot but the bubble is probably just "wiggling" as the liquid passes it. It would not add any oxygen at all.
Even if it did allow transfer of oxygen from that one air bubble, it would eventually become pretty depleted of O2 and not be of concern.
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