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Old 05-06-2011, 08:35 PM   #1
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So I have been involved in many brews, but have just started doing myself. However, the more I am reading on this site I am realizing my "brew mentor" didn't know what the H he was doing and thus I am having to relearn everything I thought I knew. (We made a 1.13 barleywine, pitched I vial of yeast at 90 degrees and scratched our heads when it only made 1.045 and tasted like pancake syrup. You get the idea)
But I digress, here's my question. When we drained the brew kettle, he was always very adamant that we run the wort down the side of the carboy "to avoid contamintation". Then we'd stick the airlock in, and we (usually me since I was the brew slave) would shake the heck out of the think for about three minutes. This doesn't make sense. I am a machinist, so I make a device out of a stainless shaft with silicon fins that will fit inside the carboy, I will hook it up to a power drill, and froth the wort till I think it is adequately oxygenated. Can anyone see anything wrong with this? Please give me your feedback



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Old 05-06-2011, 08:39 PM   #2
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This is what many people do. you can by a stainless or a plastic mixing attachment for a standard drill chuck for just a few dollars.



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They sell those already. What you might want to consider though, especially if you are going to continue doing high gravity brews like that, is should you get an all oxygen set up. William's brewing has one that I just bought. All oxygen is definitely the way to go.

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I just purchased the Williams setup and got the small disposable oxygen tank from Lowes that it is setup to use (usually used for oxygen torch). After reading the label on the oxygen tank I am a little hesitant. It states that the contents of package and combustion products are found to be carcinogenic and can cause birth defects per CA regulations blah blah. Anybody know what's up with this?

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They sell those already. What you might want to consider though, especially if you are going to continue doing high gravity brews like that, is should you get an all oxygen set up. William's brewing has one that I just bought. All oxygen is definitely the way to go.
Yes I was trying to look up oxygen equipment, but in getting set up for brewing I quickly met and went beyond my $500 budget and I basically had to choose between a stir plate and something like what your talking about. Ill google williams brewing. Does it honestly make that much difference? Is there a particular model that's recommended?
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I just purchased the Williams setup and got the small disposable oxygen tank from Lowes that it is setup to use (usually used for oxygen torch). After reading the label on the oxygen tank I am a little hesitant. It states that the contents of package and combustion products are found to be carcinogenic and can cause birth defects per CA regulations blah blah. Anybody know what's up with this?
Yes. The litigation happy state of CA puts that label on everything from cigarettes to garden hoses to tanks of pure O2.

Its almost as silly as their gun laws.


As for the williams brewing oxygen system, you want the one with a regulator and 22" stainless steel airstone/wand. Its like $50 and worth every penny.
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+1 to californias gun laws suck. Why is everything I want to shoot illegal here? Ok ok im at brewtalk not guntalk.... (deep breathing) wow I had no idea oxygenating equipment was so affordable. Ill definitely get that for next time. Thanks

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i just use a bubble stick with a coarse stone. use a hose with a filter and a fish bubbler. works great

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i just use a bubble stick with a coarse stone. use a hose with a filter and a fish bubbler. works great
No cleanliness issues with the aquarium equipment? I had thought about that but wasn't sure on this issue. It seems like it would be harder to sanitize but its probably a psychological thing. I know NB sells one that is basically an aquarium pump with a HEPA filter...
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As for the williams brewing oxygen system, you want the one with a regulator and 22" stainless steel airstone/wand. Its like $50 and worth every penny.
I just cap my fermenter and rock it back and forth and get a good froth in less than a minute. Do it a couple of times, and it's good. Never had a problem with a beer finishing.

I know it's against the popular thought, but I think an oxygen set-up would be more complicated, add contamination risk, and not be worth more than a couple of dollars.


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