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Old 11-09-2011, 12:25 AM   #1
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Default To aerate, not to aerate, that is the question?

So, I brewed a bigger brew a week and a half ago at 1.080. It stalled out at 1.050 and stayed that way for almost a week. I repitched a dry pack of Notty to try and stir things up. When I did, I splashed a little as I was stirring but didn't mean to as I was trying to do it with the lid just barely off enough for me to get the spoon in. I was trying to minimize infection possibilites and didn't think about aeration. So, if I'm repitching, oxygen isn't necessarily a bad thing at this point in time is it as it still has a long way to go from 1.050?

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Old 11-09-2011, 12:26 AM   #2
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If you have fermentation then you DON'T want to add any more arun the risk of oxydizing youir or you your beer.

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I don't have fermentation. It has stalled for almost a week at 1.050.

However I did have some as it dropped from my OG 1.080 to 1.050. I added a new pack and only splashed a little. I guess it is what it is now so if it will oxidize after a little splashing, then this batch was already doomed.

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I don't know what you call it, but if my og is 1.080, and it's now at 1.050, then I have fermentation in my beers...what the heck do you think that 30 point drop means, the temp of your fermenter??? There is now alcohol in there.

If you want to pitch more yeast, then do so, but don't add any more oxygen....

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Might also help to know WHAT you actually brewed (recipe)... Is this extract, partial mash, or all grain? Depending on the recipe, the yeast might have already converted all of the fermentable sugars present in the batch. If so, then pitching more yeast is just tossing more away.

Also, how did you aerate/oxygenate the wort at the start? Did you use any yeast nutrient in the batch? What temperature has the batch (fermenting wort temp, not ambient) been at?

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Definitely don't aerate! No reason to. But I doubt the yeast stalled at 1.050 unless you severely underpitched. My only experience with a stalled fermentation at such a high gravity was from not calibrating the thermometer before my mash. I ended up denaturing the enzymes during the mash. It stalled at 1.040 and didn't taste even slightly sweet. Added some amylase and within half an hour, the yeast started forming a krausen again.

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Definitely don't aerate! No reason to. But I doubt the yeast stalled at 1.050 unless you severely underpitched. My only experience with a stalled fermentation at such a high gravity was from not calibrating the thermometer before my mash. I ended up denaturing the enzymes during the mash. It stalled at 1.040 and didn't taste even slightly sweet. Added some amylase and within half an hour, the yeast started forming a krausen again.
Why is it hard to beleive? I had a stout stall at 1.04 and I slightly over pitched. I never tried the amylase but the things I did try didn't work and it ended up getting dumped.
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It's hard to believe because yeast don't usually do that. I'm not saying that it's not possible, just unlikely. I think it's more likely that there is too much unfermentable sugar or unconverted starch.

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The taste is extremely sweet, so there is still fermentables in there. I've already pitched the 2nd packet of yeast and did slightly splash, so if it ends up ruining the beer, then I'm out a buck on yeast with a beer that was already turning out to be a PITA brew anyways. The beer stalled out for 6 days at the same gravity, so being so high, I was seeing what the damage would have been if I did slightly aerate as well as adding more yeast.

And Revvy, I understand that it did actually ferment. Your sarcasm isn't needed or I wouldn't have asked the question. If this isn't a forum where we are free and open to ask even the most noobiest of questions, then what the hell good is it for beginners?

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It's hard to believe because yeast don't usually do that. I'm not saying that it's not possible, just unlikely. I think it's more likely that there is too much unfermentable sugar or unconverted starch.
It's actually pretty common. Could be temperature change, under-aerating, under-pitch, the yeast could just floc too quickly. Lots of ways it could happen.
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