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Old 06-19-2009, 02:05 AM   #1
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Default anyone ever oxidize your beer but it still tasted great?

pretty sure i oxidized my ipa yesterday when bottling. i was using my autosiphon to rack to bottling bucket and somehow i had to keep pumping it to restart the flow every couple mins. a lot of air bubbles made it in to my beer and i was just hoping that others have done this before with no ill effects. please tell me your brew came out fine...

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Old 06-19-2009, 02:09 AM   #2
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I've never had any problems, and I have really aerated a few beers w/ no ill effect.

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Old 06-19-2009, 02:09 AM   #3
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no sweat bro. you'll be fine. your beer won't make it long enough to get oxidized.

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Old 06-19-2009, 02:09 AM   #4
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More than likely pumping the heck out of your beer DIDN'T over oxygenate it.....

It takes a lot of splashing and other things to do any damage to our beer, someone on basic brewing years ago, (Palmer, or Chris Colby of BYO) said that in order to truly provide enough O2 to oxydize our beers it would take pumping and entire one of our red oxygen bottle/airstones into our beer AFTER fermentation is complete.

Most of the splashing intentional or accidental that we do in the course of our brewing will not harm it...Including pumping with your auto siphon...

So I wouldn't worry.

I know I've done it on numerous occasions...in fact if you look at this thread, especially my initial post in it, I mention that I've done it, to no detrimental effect...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/what...t-great-96780/

And beside Oxygenation damage isn't immediate anyway, most of us would have our beer drunk long before it would happen.

So I would just relax it is much hardier that you think it is.

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Old 06-19-2009, 02:13 AM   #5
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i feel better. thx everyone

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Old 06-19-2009, 02:25 AM   #6
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One of my first few batches, years ago, was a honey wheat ale. I got absent-minded and splashed the hell out of it on purpose on its way into the bottling bucket. About halfway through that operation it dawned on me that this was only supposed to happen on the way into the fermenter.

It turned out horrible. But only because the recipe sucked; it didn't taste oxidized.

I left several bottles in the back of the fridge for almost three years, then popped one open and it was really good!

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The bubbles could have been CO2 too. Even if not, like Revvy said, no big whoop...

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I've never experienced any off flavors from unintentional aeration. I think most issues over aeration ( be it hot side or post ferment), they are more concerns for breweries. I don't think much of any of these concerns are for home brewers.

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Oxygenation is not oxidation. Oxygenation is adding O2 to something. Oxidation is a chemical process in which an electron is lost. Rusting iron or the browning of a cut apple is oxidation the result of oxidation.

Yes, oxygen is a great oxidizing agent, but it won't do it alone and won't do it instantly. If you leave warm, oxygenated beer in the sun, it'll oxidize.

As with the others, I think you'll be fine. The yeast that is active in bottling will consume some of the oxygen you introduced.

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It turned out horrible. But only because the recipe sucked; it didn't taste oxidized.
What does oxidation taste like? I've had some ciders come out kind of squirlly and wondering if that's what had happened.
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