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Old 02-09-2009, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default Is it possible to oxidize wort while its boiling?

I've read from multiple sources that you can oxidize wort if you add oxygen while its too hot. If thats the case...is it possible to oxidize it while its boiling? If not, ...then why not?

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Old 02-09-2009, 01:20 AM   #2
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Boiling removes the oxygen. That's why you want to oxygenate your wort for the benefit of the yeast after you cool it down. It's only if you aerate it AFTER you boil and while it's hot that it oxidizes.

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Old 02-09-2009, 01:23 AM   #3
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After boiling it is essential to aerate the wort. People shake the fermentor, pump in air, or pump in oxygen.

Yeast needs oxygen at the beginning.

Boiling reduces disolved gasses, including oxygen.

Perhaps I misunderstand the question, but I don't see how you could create a problem during the boil.

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Topdog beat me. Does aerating while too hot cause the trouble?

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Old 02-09-2009, 01:27 AM   #5
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Topdog beat me. Does aerating while too hot cause the trouble?
Yes. Can't find the reference offhand, but if memory serves it's that the undesirable compounds are formed more readily at higher temperatures than at low temperatures (where they don't form at all).
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:44 AM   #6
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There is some interesting talk and experiments on hot side aeration on the Basic Brewing podcasts from 2006. Go here:
Basic Brewingâ„¢ : Home Brewing Beer Podcast and DVD - Basic Brewing Radioâ„¢ 2006
then scroll down - I think the first one is from March 16, 2006, and there is some more about the subject on later podcasts from the same year.

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