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Aeration and OG
« on: February 21, 2016, 02:21:47 PM »
So, I just got a new aeration system, and I tried it out yesterday. This is the system I got: http://labelpeelers.com/beer-making/beer-yeast/aeration-system/. I was so enthusiastic to begin aerating the wort that I forgot to take my OG reading beforehand.  After 30 minutes or aerating, I took the measure, and it was 1.056. 

Now, it makes sense to me that the gravity should drop after aerating, which means that I should have to add a couple points to my OG to correct for that.  Does anyone have any idea how much I should correct for after 30 minutes of aeration with the pump linked above?

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Re: Aeration and OG
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2016, 04:08:23 PM »
I don't think aerating your wort caused a drop in gravity.  And I wouldn't worry about being a couple of points under your target.  That could just be the error in your measuring device.  Pitch the yeast and be happy!
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Re: Aeration and OG
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2016, 04:46:24 PM »
yeah I'm no expert on this, but doesn't seem to me that adding O2 would change your gravity. after all, you're not diluting your wort, just adding O2.

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Re: Aeration and OG
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2016, 05:00:34 PM »
And did you mean thirty MINUTES of aerating?  If you did, that is WAY too much.  By that I don't mean to imply you've ruined anything, just that you've wasted your time.  A lot of really good beer is made without aerating anything under ~1.070.

Another question: what method are you using to determine OG?
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Re: Aeration and OG
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2016, 05:01:42 PM »
Minor difference if any.

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Re: Aeration and OG
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2016, 05:52:34 PM »
I think it would take some pretty sensitive measuring equipment to actually see any difference in OG before and after aeration. In any case, the difference would be inconsequential for our purposes.
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Re: Aeration and OG
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2016, 06:14:28 PM »
I can't imagine why the OG would drop after aeration.
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Re: Aeration and OG
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2016, 05:09:46 PM »
I can't imagine why the OG would drop after aeration.

I don't think it would drop. Aeration is adding dissolved oxygen (and other elements/compounds, like CO2), so if anything, it would raise the OG. But again, I'm thinking the difference would be so small, there would be very little measurable difference, at least not that would be detectable a basic hydrometer like we use for homebrewing.
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Re: Aeration and OG
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2016, 04:35:47 AM »
Wow, thanks for all of the discussion here, everyone!  To answer your question, yso191: I'm using a normal, glass hydrometer.  As far as how long I aerated the wort, I went for 30 minutes because that's what the instructions with my pump told me to do.

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Re: Aeration and OG
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2016, 11:35:10 AM »
Aeration is not going to change your hydrometer reading. I don't think 30 minutes of pumped air to too much but from experience I can imagine you had quite a bit of foam. I've left it before to come back to foam all over the inside of my fermentation chamber.

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Re: Aeration and OG
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2016, 12:22:25 PM »
The maximum level of O2 solubility into wort is 8 ppm using air. You aren't going to see any difference on your hydrometer.
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