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Old 09-21-2012, 05:05 AM   #1
Aug 2011
Brooklyn, NY
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One day I'll use an oxygen tank or maybe shake a carboy to aerate my wort, but for now I'm fermenting in a bucket and using a drill mounted aerator which seems to work well. They sell drill mounted aerators (a.k.a. wine degassers) for $20-30. Plastic paint mixers are cheaper but may not be food grade plastic, if you care about that.

I made one from one of those cheap white plastic mash paddles which I already owned and which I assume many homebrewers also already own. They're like $5-8 at the LHBS. You just need the mash paddle, a paddle drill bit (funnily has the same name), and some tape. I these three things around so it was free, though I did buy these things earlier.

The mash paddle has a flat end as does the paddle bit, so they stay together very easily.

I realize it is pretty ghetto, but it seems to work as well as any of the other drill mounted tools I've seen. I didn't take any pictures of it in action, but it got my wort very foamy when I tried it on my last batch. I used two packets of dry yeast and it was bubbling like crazy, about once every second or two, about 2 hours after pitching.

Paddle bit & flat end of mash paddle:

Tape the drill bit to the mash paddle and voila. I used duct tape, and it worked great. Remove when you're done and you can use the paddle again next time. If the tape leaves adhesive residue, WD-40 works well to clean it off.

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Old 09-21-2012, 05:15 AM   #2
Apr 2012
Murrieta, CA
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Great Idea! Isn't it nice to use your head and save money!

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Old 09-21-2012, 12:09 PM   #3
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Aug 2012
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Nice. I'll have to measure the shaft diameter of my paddle, if it will fit my drill chuck I'll just cut the hanging tab off and be able to chuck it directly.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:16 AM   #4
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Any project involving duct tape is a guaranteed success! Great idea.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:34 AM   #5
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Sep 2012
Raymond, Washington
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Good plan.
I use a paint mixer like he had mentioned, but I bought a cheap metal one and don't worry about food grade plastic.
Maybe some day soon I'll have an oxygen system.
Let's see if I keep this updated!

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