So I just finished brewing my first batch the other day. I had read that it is important to aerate the wort, but I was unsure at which point in the process to do it. I ended up pitching my yeast and then shaking the fermenter for a minute or two. I think I was supposed to aerate the wort before pitching the yeast??
I'm not too worried about it because its fermenting really well but I was just wondering if there is a reason to aerate before pitching the yeast or if it really doesn't matter? It was dry yeast if that means anything as well.
In general it wouldn't matter much. Generally people aerate before pitching, but in it really doesn't matter much IMHO. Especially since you used dry yeast. At by doing it your way, the yeast granuals got mixed in and likely didn't clump up.
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Originally Posted by TxBrew
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Aerating wort is probably the single most important thing you can do to ensure a fast and complete ferment. A properly aerated wort can easily go from brew kettle to beer mug in 7-8 days even with 1.080 or more original gravity. Yeast need and want LOTS of O2 during their aerobic phase and without it they limp along the whole time. I just finished as in finished drinking a 5 gallon 1.084 brew that was brewed on the 10th of this month! Get a stone and an oxygen bottle or fish tank pump and do it right.
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