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post #1 of 4 Old 09-02-2011, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Power Outage and oxygenation of water

I, like quite a few others, were in the path of Irene. Our power went out 8 AM on Sunday morning, August 28. We were lucky and power was restored 2 PM Monday afternoon, the next day.
As warm as it was, tank water temp was not a problem. I did a very large water change Saturday, the day before the 'cane so no problems there. Come Monday though, I think oxygenation of water could become a problem. I do not have battery operated air pumps.. but I had a better idea (which I did not utilize as the power returned.)

I homebrew. One of my many beer gadgets is an oxygenation system which utilizes regular O2 in a tank one can buy from home depot. These tanks are used in small oxy-acetylene torch systems.

All you need to do is to hook one of these O2 tanks up to an airline with an airstone and let her rip for 5 minutes or so. It only takes about 3-4 to oxygenate a wort adequately so the yeasty beasties have a field day making beer. It is possible large fish tanks might need as much as 10 minutes. It only takes about 3 minutes to properly oxygenate a 5 gallon batch of wort so the yeasty beasties can have a field day making beer.

Just food for thought here.

What do y'all think??

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-02-2011, 05:12 PM
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It should work just fine, but because of the concentration and purity of the o2 I would only run it 3-8 minutes max depending on tank size but maybe several times a day.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-02-2011, 06:59 PM
I could be wrong, but isn't this just compressed air rather than O2?

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-02-2011, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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no, it's oxygen. maybe not hospital grade, but it's oxygen. I don't think oxy-acetylene welding (which I did learn about) could use anything less.
which leads to another possible solution: a compressed air tank.

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