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Old 01-31-2012, 10:29 PM   #1
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So how long before you remember not to dump the stir bar from your starter into your brew!?!?! DOH... i even remembered it was there, set the starter down... was sanitizing everything and then started dumping... and PLOP... there goes the stir bar!

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Old 01-31-2012, 10:59 PM   #2
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So how long before you remember not to dump the stir bar from your starter into your brew!?!?! DOH... i even remembered it was there, set the starter down... was sanitizing everything and then started dumping... and PLOP... there goes the stir bar!
Use a magnet to hold it on the glass before pouring. We do that in the lab at my office.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:31 PM   #3
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Yep, I use a magnet to take it out before I pour the yeast into the wort. I have a backup just in case I forget to remove it

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Oh I was smart enough to have a 2nd bar on hand for this occurance. I had even tested the magnetism of a couple spoons so I could dip in a sanitized spoon and remove the bar... I just need to remember to do it!

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Old 02-01-2012, 12:39 AM   #5
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A rare earth magnet holds the bar really well. Or just use it to extract it from the flask.

You could also get one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Ptfe-Magnetic-...5&sr=8-2-spell or these: http://www.amazon.com/Stir-Bar-Retri...5&sr=8-3-spell depending on what size flask you have. Personally, I just use one of my rare earth magnet bars to retrieve it. I include one in my tool box that also houses my March pump, so I don't go a brew day without it.

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Just don't do what I did, I poured the stir bar in the fermenter and thought, ehh, I'll get it out when I keg this batch. Well I forgot about it, kegged the batch and cleaned the fermenter in the kitchen sink, I remembered the stir bar about the time my son turned on the garbage disposal. It didn't fair to well.

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I've got a sticky note on the Carboy. I may snag one of my strong magnets and see if I can walk it up the side while it's still fermenting.

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