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Yeast and Fermentation / oxygenation v.s. aeration
« on: August 28, 2012, 08:52:05 PM »
Hi everyone:

I'm considering upgrading from the "splash and stir" method of getting a little oxygen into my cooled wort before pitching yeast and I wondered what this group thought about the merits of oxygenation (i.e. pure oxygen from a tank) v.s. aeration (air pumped with an aquarium pump). 

My current, low tech method (splash and stir) is producing what I consider good beer.  But there's always room for improvement!

Clearly oxygenation would be quicker and provide more oxygen.  But it's going to cost more and require trips to a supplier (for refilled tanks of oxygen).  What are you folks doing?   

Thanks in advance!

All Grain Brewing / composting spent grain
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:04:06 AM »
Hi All:

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question, so my apologies if not.  But I'm ending up with a fair amount of spent grain after brewing 5 gallon batches of beer (approx 11 lb dry is a lot heavier when wet!)  It seems like a waste to have the trash guys haul that away to a landfill.  Do you compost your spent grain?  Are there any other ways to dispose of it responsibly?  If you compost, do you have any tips for someone with little experience?  Thanks!

Kegging and Bottling / aluminum "bottle cans"
« on: August 07, 2012, 08:46:19 PM »
Hi All:

Here's another question from a newbie: You may have seen some of the aluminum "bottles" that various beers come in.  For example, I have one that originally contained a Bud Lite.  I used that bottle to package some homebrew and messed it up a bit with my hand capper (bench capper probably would have worked better), but the brew conditioned nicely.

It seems like aluminum has a variety of advantages: i.e. light-proof, lighter weight, unbreakable, etc.  Do any of you use aluminum bottles when you aren't kegging?  And if so, where do you get them?  (There's no way I'm drinking a couple of cases of Bud Lite!)

Thanks for any advice.

Kegging and Bottling / Some very basic kegging questions
« on: July 31, 2012, 09:40:29 AM »
Hi Everyone:

I've been homebrewing for a while, but just discovered the AHA and I am a new member.  This is my first forum post.

I'm interested in getting some kegging equipment and trying that out (instead of bottling).  But I'm a little overwhelmed by the choices (pin locks, ball locks, etc.)  Is there a place on the AHA site that has some basic info./guidance for the "kegging curious."  (I may well have missed an obvious FAQ on this topic - if so, sorry!)

Otherwise, if any of you have the time, I would really appreciate any advice - i.e. which locking system is preferable?  what equipment is really necessary to start out?  where's the best place to get equipment? etc.


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