Doing my first batch and when I racked being a novice I didn't get a straight flow in the line. I kept getting bubbles about 2-6" from the pump to the line. (using common the auto siphon) Anyway, I had to pump more than I thought I should have. I thought 1-2 pumps and it would do its thing. So I watched and pumped tying to get a air free flow for half the batch. Then I took the pump out and pushed the hose all the way up to the 45 angle as I heard air coming in. I guess I didn't have the hose up far enough to make a complete seal. So for the last half I got it right and it was free flowing perfectly with no air bubbles. The bubbles weren't huge and it was still a good flow when I first started but like I said from the beginning of the hose to about 4-5 inches down the hose was half full of beer and sucking air. I know oxygenating the beer is bad and am afraid I made a major blunder. I guess time will tell . What do you guys think? Thanks, Ben
Thanks guys, I didn't think it would be that big a deal but being new the process and seeing "BAD, BAD, BAD Dont let any O2 get your beer!" in every book I've read. I was kinda worried and pissed at myself for letting the bubbles go that long. But ita all a learning experience I guess. Thanks again for the reassurance fellow Brewers!
Really, the important thing is that you didn't just let it go. The point is to TRY to avoid oxydation whenever possible. My autosyphon does the same thing, but I found that a twist-tie is perfect for cinching up the leak in a jiffy.
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