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Old 02-16-2012, 05:15 PM   #1
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Question to those that use stir plates, do all of you use an erlenmeyer flask for a reason, like a normal glass or pitcher would wobble and fall over? My question is do I need to buy a flask or can I use a half gallon cider jug or a 40oz malt liquor bottle?

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Old 02-16-2012, 05:29 PM   #2
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Some people use other vessels, but you have to be careful to find the type that have flat bottoms or your stir bar won't stay put. The primary advantage of the flask IMHO, is that I can boil up my starter wort on my gas stove directly in the flask, no transfers or pouring necessary. Secondarily, I am less concerned about a thrown stir bar shattering a flask because I know the glass is tempered.

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Old 02-16-2012, 07:24 PM   #3
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Question to those that use stir plates, do all of you use an erlenmeyer flask for a reason, like a normal glass or pitcher would wobble and fall over? My question is do I need to buy a flask or can I use a half gallon cider jug or a 40oz malt liquor bottle?
Erlenmeyer flasks are widely used because they're made of borosilicate glass - you can boil a couple liters of wort, in it, put it directly in an ice bath to cool, and pitch in the same container, keeping everything more sanitary. The wide bottom allows enough head-space to keep boil-over in check, and the mouth will accomodate easy-to-find stoppers drilled for airlocks. I prefer a wide mouth erlenmeyer flask and a wide stopper (less chance of boil-over). You COULD use another container, but I can't think of a single reason you would. If you've already invested in a stir plate, you may as well have the best setup available.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:29 PM   #4
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I use 1g glass jugs. Allows me to build up nice large starters. Its sometimes a little tough to get the stirbar in place, but once it is I've never had a problem.

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Old 02-16-2012, 07:35 PM   #5
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Cool, great responses guys, thanks.

Sounds like it is possible to go the ghetto route but there are good logical reasons why a flask is widely used. I think I will be buying a flask.

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I wish I would have bought the $5 1 gallon jug in the beginning because it works great for anything 1L - 3L. I acid etched the jug for 250mL increments.

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Where do you get a 1 gallon glass jug for 5 bucks?

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Any homebrew shop has gallon jugs

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indeed, but they trend to be more that $5...
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Buy a gallon of cheap wine and save the jug for later use. Cheers

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