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Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« on: January 27, 2016, 06:29:37 PM »
With all the talk about oxidation in a thread or two lately, I read this article recently on Mitch Steele's blog. It's pretty informative for a newer brewer, good reinforcement for experienced brewers  :

http://hoptripper.com/the-real-quality-issue-oxidation/
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Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2016, 06:45:34 PM »
Deeeeeeecent. Thanks for posting.
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Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2016, 07:00:03 PM »
Yea, good stuff, but it makes me wonder if I need to try to rig up something for a CO2 push to move beer from the primary to keg.  Also re-thinking the auto siphon and whether that is injecting O2 when starting the siphon....
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Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2016, 07:08:10 PM »
Also re-thinking the auto siphon and whether that is injecting O2 when starting the siphon....


I've always wondered that, too.
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Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2016, 07:08:53 PM »
Yea, good stuff, but it makes me wonder if I need to try to rig up something for a CO2 push to move beer from the primary to keg.  Also re-thinking the auto siphon and whether that is injecting O2 when starting the siphon....

Have you ever had an oxidation problem?
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Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2016, 07:09:35 PM »
Also re-thinking the auto siphon and whether that is injecting O2 when starting the siphon....


I've always wondered that, too.

I'd guess it is.  But the question is, has it caused a problem?
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Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2016, 07:09:43 PM »
Yea, good stuff, but it makes me wonder if I need to try to rig up something for a CO2 push to move beer from the primary to keg.  Also re-thinking the auto siphon and whether that is injecting O2 when starting the siphon....

Have you ever had an oxidation problem?


LOL, you all have oxidation problems.
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Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2016, 07:15:27 PM »
Also re-thinking the auto siphon and whether that is injecting O2 when starting the siphon....


I've always wondered that, too.

I'd guess it is.  But the question is, has it caused a problem?


I don't feel it has, Denny. But if I compared it to a totally closed transfer system I guess I might feel differently. My beers don't show the obvious effects and have great aroma though.
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2016, 07:27:04 PM »
Not terribly at least not recently, but I am thinking about when I bottle from keg on those few occasions (gift beers, comp beers, and other stored beer situations.  I don't always keep an extra sampler beer for those purposes, so I never know if the beers hold up well in the packaging...just thinking out loud and trying to come up with a justification to my wife for the conical, maybe?
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Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2016, 07:31:07 PM »
Here's what I know - I push everything with CO2 and go into fully purged kegs and can store a 5% beer for 2-3 years and have it taste lovely and fresh. So anecdotally speaking - it matters if you're going for the long term.
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Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2016, 07:44:34 PM »
Yea, good stuff, but it makes me wonder if I need to try to rig up something for a CO2 push to move beer from the primary to keg.  Also re-thinking the auto siphon and whether that is injecting O2 when starting the siphon....

Have you ever had an oxidation problem?


LOL, you all have oxidation problems.

And you don't?  How do you know we all have oxidation problems?  Define a problem.  Geez, man, tone it down.
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Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2016, 07:54:55 PM »

Geez, man, tone it down.

I don't think he can.


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Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2016, 08:11:11 PM »
Yea, good stuff, but it makes me wonder if I need to try to rig up something for a CO2 push to move beer from the primary to keg.  Also re-thinking the auto siphon and whether that is injecting O2 when starting the siphon....

Have you ever had an oxidation problem?


LOL, you all have oxidation problems.

And you don't?  How do you know we all have oxidation problems?  Define a problem.  Geez, man, tone it down.
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I doubt it's a problem in the short term, but yeah, maybe for longer aging. I doubt the autosiphon adds that much oxygen when starting the siphon. Sure it might me some right at the start, but it seems negligible. For my smaller batches, I ferment in kegs and push to fully purged kegs with co2. I really really like doing that.
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Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2016, 08:21:11 PM »
Yea, good stuff, but it makes me wonder if I need to try to rig up something for a CO2 push to move beer from the primary to keg. 

They're super easy to build. Just a stainless racking cane, a purple carboy cap, and a male MFL fitting. Mine is here.
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Re: Oxidation - Mitch Steele
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2016, 08:34:39 PM »
Yea, good stuff, but it makes me wonder if I need to try to rig up something for a CO2 push to move beer from the primary to keg. 

They're super easy to build. Just a stainless racking cane, a purple carboy cap, and a male MFL fitting. Mine is here.

You've gone hi-tech compared to my ghetto set up.  I use my regular old plastic racking cane and use a pneumatic air gun attachment to inject CO2 through the other port of the carboy cap.  I suppose your system is more closed than mine, but I worry more about the O2 in the container I'm racking into than the air that gets drawn into the fermenter as it empties.

What PSI do you push at?  I use BBs so I don't get worried about them exploding, but the punt on the bottom will push out a bit if the pressure is too high.
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