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Old 10-12-2007, 03:11 AM   #1
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Default Big problem? Mash laughter failed.

Hey guys,
I am currently doing an all grain batch, for like the 8th time, so I'm not a complete noob at it. However when I went to drain it into the pot it just wasn't coming out. So I blew a little into the tube to free it up and added a little more hotter water. This would only work for like 3 seconds each time. I new at this point I must have shaken the tube from the outlet to the cone filter thingy at the bottom. I ran to wallmart, which is just across the street and got some of those rubber mittens for cooking so I could feel around to try to reconnect it. However, I couldn't do this and ended up poring out all of the mash laughter contents into my brew pot so I could fix the problem. I did it as gently as possible but a good amount of aeration took place I could tell by looking at the bubbles on the top of the water. So is my beer ruined? Is there anything I can do? What exactly will this aireration do to the beer?
Let me know what you think.
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Old 10-12-2007, 03:41 AM   #2
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Your beer is not ruined, so relax. The process is called oxidation, not aeration. When you are adding oxygen to a cooled wort it's considered aeration, which is a good thing because the yeast need oxygen to grow. It's a bad thing when oxygen is getting into the wort while it's hot, it can lead to a cardboard, "sherry" like beer, which is not a good thing. Oxygenation is good, oxidation is bad.
Don't worry about oxidation, I have had rough mashes and the beer came out great.

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Thanks for the good words my friend. I am slightly relaxed now. The boil is just starting in my deep fryer.

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Old 10-12-2007, 04:13 AM   #4
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Your Mash/Lauter Tun must be laughing at you....

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Does anyone remember laughter?

What Iordz said. +1

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Ok, so it's not called a mash laughter. I should have said the big 10gal Igloo cooler with the filter cone at the bottom which I use to mash the grains in.

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Old 10-12-2007, 05:21 PM   #8
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filter cone, like a false bottom or something else?

if its 'something else' you might consider a SS braid, and a couple of tight zip ties to hold it on to the drain barb.
never had a stuck sparge yet with this method.

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