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View Poll Results: How do you aerate your wort?
Shake it like a mother 160 38.55%
ambient O2 infusion (fish tank pump) 27 6.51%
pure O2 infusion 97 23.37%
wine degasser and drill 22 5.30%
other 90 21.69%
I don't 19 4.58%
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
Jan 2012
East Bridgewater, MA
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I'm curious how popular the different aeration methods are. I personally shake up my bucket or carboy, but I don't think I do it enough or something. The gravity of my batches have been ending high and I'm wondering if it's a lack of O2. What do you do?
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:38 PM   #2
Jan 2012
Exeter, NH
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I use a whisk and vigorously mix the wort after it cools. I have seen a drill attachment that I would like to use.
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:41 PM   #3
Feb 2012
Englewood, CO
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Pour back and forth from the brew pot to the fermenter a couple of times. Shake the fermenter. Stir the wort in the fermenter vigorously. Shake some more.

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Old 03-04-2012, 06:41 PM   #4
Mar 2011
Fargo/Moorhead, MN
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i pump mine from the BK to the fermenter, and i do it full volume. It comes out like a fire hose. I aim it from 3" above the top to the opposite corner. By the time I get it up to 6 gals the foam is coming out the top. I call that good enough.

edit; before I pumpped I used to pour it back and forth from bottling bucket to fermenter about 4 times. Fu(k that heavy lifing garbage.

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Old 03-04-2012, 06:42 PM   #5
Sep 2011
Oxford, Ohio
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I stick the skinny end of my mash paddle down into the carboy and stir like crazy... of course only after it has had a thorough dose of star San .

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Old 03-04-2012, 06:46 PM   #6
May 2011
Kapaa, Hi
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BK to bucket via skydiving out ball valve.

Too many studies showing any other method actually not needed. Actually, even if it was too little and stressed, id prefer it. I dont baby the yeast, toughen em up, it builds character.

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Old 03-04-2012, 06:47 PM   #7
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Jan 2012
Jacksonburg, WV
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Kettle on the stove...fermenter on the floor...open the spigot and let it fall!

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Old 03-04-2012, 06:50 PM   #8
Oct 2011
Middlebury, VT
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I ferment in buckets, so I lay a mesh strainer over the top and pour the wort through it from about chest height. When I do extract kits I do the same thing and also top off with the sink's spray hose. Usually creates a HUGE amount of foam on the top, plus the yeasties like it and usually take off pretty quickly.

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Old 03-04-2012, 07:31 PM   #9
Aug 2011
nyc, ny
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i have this plastic aeration tip that makes the wort fan out. you attach the tip to the end of your tubing open the ball valve and let it go. i also do this over a strainer/colander so I can strain out hops and stuff at the same time. works great, wort is always very foamy when I'm done

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Old 03-04-2012, 07:37 PM   #10
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Feb 2011
Big Rapids, Michigan
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Sanitize two buckets. From BK thru chiller to bucket 1. When all in bucket 1 pour to bucket 2, pour to bucket 1, pour to bucket 2, back to bucket 1. Works like a champ, foamy frothy wort!
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