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Old 03-10-2010, 11:10 AM   #1
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About to go to full boils and thining about aeration. Will pouring the cooled wort through a sanitized colander (into the fermentor) not create enough surface area in the wort to dissolve enough O2?

The engineer in me thinks it might but alas, no experience to confirm.

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Old 03-10-2010, 11:51 AM   #2
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You're probably good but giving it an extra shake wouldn't hurt either

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Old 03-10-2010, 12:04 PM   #3
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Adding more Oxygen through a stone or shaking or a drill attachment just goes a long way to helping ensure a short lag time for your yeasties and a healthy fermentation. I would spend the extra 3 minutes after you pour through your strainer and make sure it's really well aerated.

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The engineer in me sanitizes an egg beater and whips that wort into shape (until my arm goes numb) then into the primary through a sanitized strainer. My dry yeast took off in less than 8 hours both times. Second time was full boil worked just fine. Eventually I will be buying a stone and bottle but for now what I am doing is working.

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Old 03-10-2010, 04:42 PM   #5
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From my experience with pouring full boils into the fermenter, it seems to be all the aeration I need. To give you a time frame, I'll brew in the late afternoon/early evening, pitched, and wake up the next morning to see the krausen already firing up nicely.

So I'll be sticking with this approach until it stops working for me.

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Old 03-10-2010, 04:55 PM   #6
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I have had a couple long lags with the shack the crap out of it method but all eventually when fine...

I now use a DIY O2 system because its cheap, quick and I like toys I will say it's made a big difference and I should have done it sooner...

I never did anything but shake until full boils...

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Old 03-10-2010, 05:34 PM   #7
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If you are skilled enough you can also just pour some wort back and forth between the fermenter and the kettle...this is what i do and i only do partial boils so ill boil the water by itself pour back and forth 2-3 times then pour the wort in and go back and forth another 2-3 times....pitch the yeast and get the bucket a little shaking around to mix the yeast and add even a little more aeration should be plenty and never need to get a stone or o2 system

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