Anaerobic vs. Aerobic in Fermentation


So you started your fermentation journey, and somewhere along the way, you’ve inevitably come across the terms aerobic and anaerobic fermentation. Before going over the difference, it’s important to note that while these terms are used across many subjects, this article covers how these terms are generally used in fermentation. What is the difference between aerobic and anaerobic?

In the simplest terms, the difference here is that anaerobic means without the presence of oxygen, while aerobic means with the presence of oxygen.

Anaerobic v Aerobic

What’s the difference between aerobic and anaerobic in fermentation?
When you see these two terms used in fermentation, they tell us whether the fermentation process takes place with or without oxygen present. Furthermore, the term aerobic (respiration) in fermentation nearly always means open-air, and anaerobic in fermentation usually refers to fermentation taking place in a closed vessel with an airlock.

Anaerobic vs. Aerobic in Fermentation

While this may be an oversimplification of the concept, simply knowing the fundamental differences here should get you through any hurdles. I hope this helped answer the question that led you here. Feel free to drop comments and questions in the comment section below.

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