Darnit...ok, I have brewed a total of 3 batches....the first batch, my friend watched over me....however, my last two batches were solo, and I forgot to shake my ale pail after I added the wort and water (partial boil, of course)...when I added the wort from the auto siphon, I kept the hose above the water level to introduce more O2, and poured the 2.5 gallons of water in 'violently', again to introduce more O2, however, I forgot to shake the ale pail once everything was in there.
Please note, there was about an 8-12 hours of lag time for each batch, and both batches showed pretty active fermentation (lots of bubbles coming out of the airlock), and then started slowing down towards day 7.
Currently both batches are in their respective secondaries.
Question 1: Will the batches be ok (Cream Ale & Nut Brown)?
Question 2: Is there anything I can or should do now that they are in their secondaries?
The Nut Brown is about ready to bottle, and the Cream Ale was just moved into the secondary yesterday.
Question 3: Lets say there was a lack of O2, what characteristics could the beer present by the lack of shaking of my ale pail?
Lastly, thanks to everyone who answers my questions, I find this site an invaluable resource for my introduction into the hobby.