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Old 03-11-2011, 03:55 AM   #1
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I'm using my new 5l Erlenmeyer flask for the first time tonight. I went 5L so I can make some big starters for lagers, high-grav brews, etc. As I was boiling it, it dawned on me: this thing looks like what a cartoon scientist would use. I mean, it's really silly looking. It's bigger than my head!

I'll post a pic when it's cooled down and on the stir plate.

Anyone else have one of these beasts?

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Old 03-11-2011, 03:57 AM   #2
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Yea I have one and I'm still afraid of it. It's huge

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Old 03-11-2011, 04:51 AM   #3
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Ok, here's a pic. That's a 6.5g carboy (full of fresh-from-the-orchard cider), and a "true" pint glass (20oz, room for a pint and a head).




Isn't this thing ridiculous?


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That's sweet, does look like something out of a cartoon.

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Where did you get it and did you have to cut off your arm for payment?

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I have a 6L Pyrex Erlenmeyer sitting on top of my kitchen cabinet, with some kind of plant growing in it. My mother had it as a terrarium for 20 years before she gave it to me 10 years ago. That plant just continues to grow....never added water or more soil or anything. All it needs is sunlight.

As for the obvious question, I don't use starters a whole lot. If I'm doing something like the barleywine I did last Fall, I just use yeast washed from the cake of a previous beer. Worked like a charm, so far.

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How big is the stir bar you are using to get a vortex in that much wort?

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That is pretty comical looking. I thought my 2L flask was on the large side, but in the realm of plausibility but that 5L definitely makes mine look more normal.

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Haha....I have two 5L flasks for lagers, big beers etc......My brew days are always two a day so it made sense for me to have two. I use 50mm stir bars in it which is what I use in my 2L flasks as well but i'm able to get a nice vortex in both.

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Anyone have any experience with these stir bars? http://www.coleparmer.com/catalog/pr...sp?sku=0476518

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