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Old 01-02-2013, 11:49 PM   #1
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I'm brewing a bourbon barrel porter, and right after throwing the yeast I realized I'd forgotten to shake the carboy to aerate it. Am I screwed?


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Old 01-02-2013, 11:51 PM   #2
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So that I'm understanding correctly, normally you aerate and THEN pitch the yeast? And now you're realizing you forgot to aerate before pitching?


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Old 01-02-2013, 11:51 PM   #3
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Yes, exactly.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:53 PM   #4
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don't sweat it. it'll be fine. many people don't really aerate anyway. it's best to, but it's a common thing to not do it at all
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:19 AM   #5
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Great, thanks. What is aeration supposed to do anyway?
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If you just pitched today I'd aerate now. In the presence of oxygen yeast can better replicate.
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Also, some dry yeast strains don't require aeration. As they have lipids that encourage growth.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:35 AM   #8
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Thanks Newmanwell. The NB recipe called for aeration, but the fermentation was quite vigorous. In fact I had to rig a blowoff tube to keep the wort off the ceiling!
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If you have vigorous fermentation then I'd let it be. I bet it turns out just fine. RDWHAHB
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Yeah I always aerate AFTER pitching. Maybe that's a no-no, but I've never had a problem.


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