Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > How easy is it to oxidize my beer?
Thread Tools
Old 04-05-2010, 11:03 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 135
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default How easy is it to oxidize my beer?

The other day I was transferring my Milk Stout to a secondary and all of the sudden my auto-siphon started spewing bubbles that were seemingly coming from nowhere. I think the rubber ring around the piece that fits inside the larger tube was loose and it was sucking air from the top of the siphon somehow. It's still kind of a mystery, but the point is that the Milk Stout flowing through the siphon got blasted with some pretty serious air bubbles. It didn't happen the entire time but in a few random bursts so my question is what is the actual risk of oxidization? Would some air bubbles in the siphon during transfer cause oxidization? I certainly hope not but input is welcome.

Berlbrew is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2010, 11:08 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 839
Liked 37 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 4


From my experience, it's pretty hard to oxidize beer. I've even had the same thing happen as you did and kept the beer for over a year with no noticeable effects. I don't think you'll have a problem.

jgourd is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2010, 11:49 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 291
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1


That happens to me all the time, you just gotta learn to watch for it and pinch the tubing when the siphon starts. Like the previous poster said though, it's VERY hard to oxidize your beer. You mainly don't wanna be splashing it around post-boil but pre-chilling. I've had all sorts of accidents happened with my beer splashing as I've transferred it and never really had an issue with oxidation. I think the only oxidized beer I've ever had was the first beer I ever did, a Nut Brown, after drinking it over a year later...it didn't taste too grand.
arover is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2010, 02:18 AM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Central Coast, CA
Posts: 168

Oxidation is only an issue if you're going to be storing (cellaring) your beer for very long periods. At the rate at which most homebrewers consume their beer....usually under six months.....it's a non-issue.
Bacchus is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2010, 02:23 AM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Pig's Eye, MN
Posts: 271

+1 to Bacchus

Plus, I think www.basicbrewingradio.com has an episode on oxidation. If you don't podcast basic brewing radio, I highly recommend it - I heard Revvy quoted on it the other day, so you know it must be good.

musician | graphic designer

Future Brews: Something Belgian...dubbel...anyone got a good one?
Primary: Irish Red Ale
Secondary: empty
Bottled: Kölsch, Creamy Ginger Ale
stedtale is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Did I oxidize my beer? daveooph131 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 12-06-2009 01:15 AM
anyone ever oxidize your beer but it still tasted great? bjzelectric Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 06-19-2009 04:48 PM
Is it possible to oxidize wort while its boiling? BearsWickedBrew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 02-09-2009 01:44 AM
did I properly oxidize my beer? earlytimes Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11 07-01-2008 12:22 AM
First kegged beer - Easy come, Easy go BREW N QUE Bottling/Kegging 8 06-24-2008 09:04 PM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads