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« on: February 11, 2013, 10:41:59 AM »
I've been very concerned about my level of pre-fermentation aeration. I feel it is lacking.

Does anybody know of any good / affordable aeration systems or aquarium pumps or something else.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2013, 10:43:49 AM »
Try a MixStir. Inexpensive and I've been vert satisfied with how well it works.  Under $20.
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Re: Aeration Systems
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013, 10:43:58 AM »
I've been very concerned about my level of pre-fermentation aeration. I feel it is lacking.

Does anybody know of any good / affordable aeration systems or aquarium pumps or something else.

Thanks!

Why concerned?

I use either a mixstir attachement for a cordless drill (like a paint stirrer, in fact you can USE a paint stirrer) or lateley I have been sanitizing my balloon whisk and just going at it.
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Re: Aeration Systems
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2013, 10:53:28 AM »
I'm not sure if this is considered affordable, but after trying the mix stir and aquarium pump routes, I find this to be the most effective:

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/WILLIAMS-OXYGEN-AERATION-SYSTEM-P699.aspx

At least I still use my mix stir for meads.
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Re: Aeration Systems
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2013, 11:01:29 AM »

Why concerned?

I use either a mixstir attachement for a cordless drill (like a paint stirrer, in fact you can USE a paint stirrer) or lateley I have been sanitizing my balloon whisk and just going at it.

My beers are very green apple-y (acetaldehyde) and sort of puckering at the end. Generally, I make Stouts and IPAs and never really had that problem before because the flavors are usually hidden by dark malts or lots of hops. But, now I'm making session beers and it's simply frustrating. So, I have a few ideas of what it might be:

1. Young / Green beer. I'm going to age it a little bit to see what happens.
2. Unhealthy yeast. I'm going to try to create a yeast starter and increase aeration.
3. Water problems / mash pH problems. I'm going to try different brewing salt additions to my water to see if I can get the pH under control.

I'm would like to do one thing at a time so I can see what the true problem is....

If you have any ideas, let me know!
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Re: Aeration Systems
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2013, 11:11:31 AM »
So, I have a few ideas of what it might be:

1. Young / Green beer. I'm going to age it a little bit to see what happens.
2. Unhealthy yeast. I'm going to try to create a yeast starter and increase aeration.
3. Water problems / mash pH problems. I'm going to try different brewing salt additions to my water to see if I can get the pH under control.

I'm would like to do one thing at a time so I can see what the true problem is....

Doing them one at a time is the right idea.  If you're listing them in order, bump number 2 up to number 1 and you may solve your problem in one step.
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Re: Aeration Systems
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2013, 11:22:58 AM »
I bought a stainless mix stir for $24 before getting a Williams O2 system for Christmas.  I still use the mix stir when I want a good whirlpool for pellets and trub.  And like Mort, I used a whisk and some elbow grease for probably my first 50 beers which cost about $1.95...... ;)

I would definitely focus on pitching the proper amount of healthy yeast moving forward.  It's essential to making better beer.

As for the water, do you have an analysis of your tap water or do you plan to build it from RO?  And have you downloaded Bru'n Water? 

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Re: Aeration Systems
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2013, 11:26:20 AM »

As for the water, do you have an analysis of your tap water or do you plan to build it from RO?  And have you downloaded Bru'n Water? 

I recently got my water analysis back from Ward Labs. I have not yet downloaded Bru'n Water. I usually just add a Campden Tablet and a teaspoon of Gypsum simply because my Calcium is a bit low.

Where can get Bru'n Water?
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Re: Aeration Systems
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2013, 11:32:26 AM »

As for the water, do you have an analysis of your tap water or do you plan to build it from RO?  And have you downloaded Bru'n Water? 

I recently got my water analysis back from Ward Labs. I have not yet downloaded Bru'n Water. I usually just add a Campden Tablet and a teaspoon of Gypsum simply because my Calcium is a bit low.

Where can get Bru'n Water?

Here ya' go

https://sites.google.com/site/brunwater/
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Re: Aeration Systems
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2013, 11:42:24 AM »

As for the water, do you have an analysis of your tap water or do you plan to build it from RO?  And have you downloaded Bru'n Water? 

I recently got my water analysis back from Ward Labs. I have not yet downloaded Bru'n Water. I usually just add a Campden Tablet and a teaspoon of Gypsum simply because my Calcium is a bit low.

Where can get Bru'n Water?

Plug in your water chemistry and be sure to read the instructions-twice!  It's a lot to take in but it's a wonderful tool.  Thanks Martin!    :)

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Re: Aeration Systems
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2013, 11:55:05 AM »
Thanks everyone.

I'm going to find a nice something or other for aeration and pitch a starter. Let that beer sit in the fermentor longer than I usually do to promote the yeast to clean all their crap up before I bottle.

Also, I'm going to start using Bru'n Water. I started to play around with it and it seems pretty straight forward.

Hopefully, my next batch will taste more like beer and less like sour apples.

I appreciate all the help!
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