Very new to the hobby, brewing up my 2nd batch some time next week. In doing so, I intend to correct a number of mistakes or refine my process.
Reading howtobrew.com, John Palmer suggests dumping the wort "aggressively" into the fermentation bucket / carboy to introduce O2 for the yeast to feed on.
I've seen a lot of talk about aeration stones, inline O2 injection systems and stuff like that - I didn't want to get into that just yet.
I am wondering if the action of pouring the cooled wort from my kettle into the primary will introduce enough oxygen for the yeast to do its job? I was also thinking of maybe dropping a couple bucks on a drill bit paint mixer
(sanitized, of course) and hitting the wort with that for 30-60 seconds. I would imagine if the yeast is healthy, and there is some oxygen, it would be enough to kick things off properly.
edit: fixed the link. if that still doesnt work because the Lowes site is awesome... google "drill bit paint mixer" to see what I mean.