I spoke briefly with a chemist and of course he recommended nitrogen flushing throughout the process to be certain O2 is minimized, but I think I am just going to try a batch using: for cold side a Star San purge of kegs on filling, but on the hot side, underletting the mash with strike water after boiling (same with sparge), light stirring of the mash, with a CO2 cap added, no-splash transfer to boil kettle and lighter boil rate. If these show improvement, I may seek the SMBS and/or Brewtan B additive in the pre-mash to further tweak the hot side process. If the oxidation occurs on the hot side as fast as it is claimed to occur, then I don't see how the chemical additives will prevent the issue from arising, unless added to the process at the very start - is that what is being done?
How will the RIMS folks keep O2 from entering the mash? Won't the amount of typical surface activity during recirc cause some O2 uptake? With the Z - shouldn't it be purged of O2 in each of its containers? (I admit I haven't studied the Z and its process at all).
I look forward to tapping Joe Formanek for some of this stuff, if he can get me a "sample" to try.