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harryjpowell

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I have just started using a bottle of Argon gas to top up and purge my carboys when I filter and transfer. Anyone have a good technique on how much to use and how. My tank has a nice flowmeter so I can control it to be about any speed. I have been using an airlock as well and keeping the speed about that of a good ferment, but not real sure how much it sinks etc..

Anyone else have any hints on using Argon?

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I've brewed beer and mead for 15 years this autumn. I think you are WAY too worried about oxidation potential.
 

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If you are going commercial with big volume batches and impellar fed pumps then this is a good way of doing it cause big tanks contain big volumes of air and displacing that can help a lot. If you are talking about racking 6 gallons of wine then you are shooting a canon at a cricket. Using argon would be handy for displacing missing volume from carboys after racking a few times though so keep that can around!
 

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I have just started using a bottle of Argon gas to top up and purge my carboys when I filter and transfer. Anyone have a good technique on how much to use and how. My tank has a nice flowmeter so I can control it to be about any speed. I have been using an airlock as well and keeping the speed about that of a good ferment, but not real sure how much it sinks etc..

Anyone else have any hints on using Argon?

Harry
I use also use Argon. I just put the hose in the carboy and turn the knob on the flowmeter all the way up for a few seconds which I'm sure is overkill.
 

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Argon works great. It will not mix with the wine and it is heavier than either CO2 or oxygen. It is the best way to top off a carboy. Hate those marbles!!!

You'll need to replenish it a little more often with glass than with Better Bottle carboys.
 
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