Finally, on Saturday, I got down to brewing and experimenting with yeast dosage & aeration. Instead of brewing an American Pale Ale as mentioned earlier, I brewed an Irish Red Ale. In one fermentor, I added 2.5 grams of dry California Ale Yeast (Safale US05) and in the other, I added 1.4 grams (went over 1.25 while weighing). Its been 4 days and the activity in the fermentors has been convincing. Let's see how it turns out.
On Christmas day, I brewed another batch of beer. This time around it was a Blonde Ale. I repeated the experiment in this batch as well. Used 1.5 grams of yeast (Safale US05) for each fermentor (1.8 litres capacity). Let's see how this turns out.
Also, both these batches got 20 - 30 minutes of aeration with an aquarium pump but no aeration stone. I just dipped the tube in the wort and let it bubble away. Will these beers have less esters?