Oxygen Flow Regulator
The new Blichmann Engineering™ Oxygen Flow Regulator helps you dial in the EXACT liters per minute of oxygen needed to acheive 8-10 ppm of dissolved oxygen in your wort. Vital to yeast health and the final flavor profile of your beer. Knowing the FLOW is important - other regulators simply regulate pressure and depending on your downstream restriction the actual flow can vary widely. Gone are the days of spray and pray!
Oxygenation of wort is essential to proper yeast growth and overall health. And healthy yeast has the largest impact over final beer flavor than about any other variable. Achieving 8-10 ppm (part per million) of dissolved oxygen (DO) in your wort prior to fermentation is vital to acheive your best tasting beer. Too little and yeast growth is stunted, off flavors can be created, lag times increase, and final gravity may not be reached. Too much and you can end up with excessive fusel alcohols in your finished beer. While dissolved oxygen levels are vital, the equipment to measure DO isn't cheap. Inexpensive hand-held models are upwards of $300. And lab grade models are well over $1,000. However,we've done extensive testing to allow you to achieve proper DO levels with wand type and in-line type oxygenation systems so you can be confident you're acheiving your DO levels. Knowing the FLOW is important - other regulators simply regulate pressure and depending on your downstream restriction the actual flow can vary widely!
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Regulator Settings: 0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.5, 2, 4, 7 Liters Per Minute. Perfect for home size batches to small commercial use.
Connection Type: Tank connection CGA 540, oxygen outlet connection 1/4" male flare
Batches Per Tank: 200+
|System Type||Liters/min O2||Time (min)||Gal or flow|
|10 micron ANVIL wand||1||1.5||5.5 gal|
|10 micron ANVIL wand||1||2||11 gal|
|0.5 micron wand||1||1||11 gal|
|0.5 micron wand||1||1.5||11 gal|
|Blichmann Engineering In-line Oxygenator 10 micron||0.5||-||1 GPM|
|Blichmann Engineering In-line Oxygenator 10 micron||0.75||-||2 GPM|
Oxygenation Stone Selection
Oxygenation stone selection is fairly simple but there are a couple considerations. First is the micron rating. The smaller the micron rating, the finer the bubbles that are created. The smaller and more numerous bubbles have more surface area and dissolve in the wort more readily. However, there are drawbacks for fine micron ratings (below about 2 micron). And that is the inability of sanitizers to readily penetrate into the stone to kill bacteria. Therefore they must be boiled to be properly sanitized. While the porosity of a 0.5 micron stone is smaller than most bacteria, they must be handled with gloves or the oil from your skin will plug the small pores. Through extensive testing, we've selected a coarser 10 micron stone for our oxygenation system that is a perfect balance of durability and performance. Simply put, it's smart engineering. Easily penetrated by sanitizers, durable enough to be handled with bare fingers, and performance approaching the more fragile ultra-fine stones. We feel that the small amount of additional oxygen is well worth the convenience of easy sanitizing and normal handling.