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Old 02-07-2008, 02:50 AM   #1
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Doing my first batch and when I racked being a novice I didn't get a straight flow in the line. I kept getting bubbles about 2-6" from the pump to the line. (using common the auto siphon) Anyway, I had to pump more than I thought I should have. I thought 1-2 pumps and it would do its thing. So I watched and pumped tying to get a air free flow for half the batch. Then I took the pump out and pushed the hose all the way up to the 45 angle as I heard air coming in. I guess I didn't have the hose up far enough to make a complete seal. So for the last half I got it right and it was free flowing perfectly with no air bubbles. The bubbles weren't huge and it was still a good flow when I first started but like I said from the beginning of the hose to about 4-5 inches down the hose was half full of beer and sucking air. I know oxygenating the beer is bad and am afraid I made a major blunder. I guess time will tell . What do you guys think? Thanks, Ben

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Old 02-07-2008, 02:53 AM   #2
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it shouldn't be a problem. i would avoid it as much as possible in the future, but i've had that experience a number of times and the brew turned out fine

from one Ben to another, enjoy your first batch!

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You're fine, no worries

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Old 02-07-2008, 03:23 AM   #4
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my auto siphon does the same thing, I hate it.

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Old 02-07-2008, 03:25 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, I didn't think it would be that big a deal but being new the process and seeing "BAD, BAD, BAD Dont let any O2 get your beer!" in every book I've read. I was kinda worried and pissed at myself for letting the bubbles go that long. But ita all a learning experience I guess. Thanks again for the reassurance fellow Brewers!

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Old 02-07-2008, 04:04 AM   #6
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Really, the important thing is that you didn't just let it go. The point is to TRY to avoid oxydation whenever possible. My autosyphon does the same thing, but I found that a twist-tie is perfect for cinching up the leak in a jiffy.

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Old 02-07-2008, 01:51 PM   #7
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oxidation becomes a problem with age, just make sure you finish up the beer before it gets too old.

(It'll be fine)

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