Looks like a promising brew....we definitely need a followup on this one as it matures. As for the æration.....I don't know what to tell you. Some people take great pains to ærate, including bottled oxygen, or agitating the beer with stirring devices connected to an electric drill, etc. I've brewed some 14 extract batches, and all I ever do is pour the wort from the brewpot into the plastic bucket fermenter from as high up as I can manage (which makes for a lot of foam, indicating some æration, I suppose), pop the lid on, and leave it alone. I've always had airlock action within 24 hours, some types of beer more enthusiastic than others. The beer invariably works out OK, tastes fine.
I'd be receptive to a persuasive argument as to why I should ærate more / differently, but so far I haven't heard one.
“Malt does more than Milton can / To justify God’s ways to man”
-A. E. Housman (1859–1936). A Shropshire Lad , 1896.