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Cheap aerator method

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/entries/wor ... -pump.html

I’m pretty serious about checking this out. I mean, even if I screw it up (taking all the proper sanitation methods of course) I’m only out about $2.00. Has anyone tried this?

I am definitely very curious about this. I read all the comments on that page, and I prefer the nylon “T” fitting idea. I think a T with 1/4" barbs on each side will fit nicely in 3/8" tubing, and just clamp down the two sides. But I wonder if this will actually improve the amount of dissolved O2? Will this be effective on high gravity beers?

Common wisdom is that there’s nothing you can do to get above 8ppm if you’re just using air. To get that extra boost for high-gravity beers you need to switch to bottled oxygen.

[quote=“Hoppenheimer”]http://www.homebrewtalk.com/entries/wort-aeration-how-to-build-a-free-pump.html

I’m pretty serious about checking this out. I mean, even if I screw it up (taking all the proper sanitation methods of course) I’m only out about $2.00. Has anyone tried this?[/quote]

I do something similar. What I do is clamp about a 3"-4" piece of straight clear plastic racking cane to the end of the hose that I attach to the drain valve on my keggle. The clear plastic tube has several small holes drilled into it. If I elevate the brew pot and put the tube with the holes in it just in the opening of my carboy and adjust the flow just right you can see large amounts of air being sucked into the wort. Leaves several inches of foam on the top of the wort.

Mike

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