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From: polstra!larryba@uunet.UU.NET (Larry Barello)
Subject: Re: Aeration with aquarium pumps
Date: 1992-06-23 18:10:43 GMT

Steve Dempsey writes:
>I missed Alberta's talk at the conference (had to make choices) but
>from recent posts, it sounds like folks are waiting until the primary
>is full or nearly full before aerating. This will surely cause problems
>with foam blowing out. I start mine as soon as there is enough wort
>in the carboy to cover the air stone and leave it in until the carboy
>is about half full of wort and half full of foam. Then the air is
>turned off and the foam subsides while the remainder of the wort is
>siphoned in.

At the risk of sounding dumb, what is the advantage of such a complicated
procedure as using aquarium pumps, micron filters and aeration stones? It
seems like a lot of effort for such small gain over some other Very Simple

For example, I have been using a 6" length of copper tube (surplus from my
wort chiller) with four 1/16" holes drilled around 1" from one end. The
short end is placed in the outlet hose of my chiller. Air is sucked into the
holes, mixed with the chilled wort and a nice frothy bubbly wort is dumped into
my carboy. A five gallon batch o beer fills the head space of my 6.5 gal
carboy with foam.

Simple, effective, easy to sterilize, cheap.

- Larry Barello

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