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Old 11-18-2012, 06:00 PM   #11
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You should buy one of those portable camping stoves with the small fuel cans and just bust it out whenever it's time to make a starter. They are pretty cheap, and you will be prepared whenever you feel like enjoying the outdoors

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Old 11-18-2012, 06:03 PM   #12
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Or just not boil the starter wort in the flask.

I make my starters in stainless steel pots, then transfer to the flask after it's been cooled enough. Especially when I'm doing a stepped starter, where there's yeast already in it. It's another reason I keep a bucket of Star San solution on hand (plus some in a spray bottle) at all times.

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Old 11-20-2012, 01:54 PM   #13
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Or just not boil the starter wort in the flask.

I make my starters in stainless steel pots, then transfer to the flask after it's been cooled enough. Especially when I'm doing a stepped starter, where there's yeast already in it. It's another reason I keep a bucket of Star San solution on hand (plus some in a spray bottle) at all times.
Yep, I don't really understand why people risk their flasks and potential serious injury to boil in them. I boil my starters in a stainless pot, cool in an ice bath, then transfer to my sanitized flask. Never had an infection or any problems with this method. It's certainly safer than trying to move a piping hot glass flask.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:57 PM   #14
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Gas stove only! Also FWIW, why are you boiling your stir bar, if it's coated, which most are, you could damage it with the heat. I just sanitize mine and add it once the starter is cooled

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Old 11-20-2012, 02:39 PM   #15
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Yep, I don't really understand why people risk their flasks and potential serious injury to boil in them. I boil my starters in a stainless pot, cool in an ice bath, then transfer to my sanitized flask. Never had an infection or any problems with this method. It's certainly safer than trying to move a piping hot glass flask.
I've seen enough threads/postings of people either having their flask break, explode, or spew hot wort on their hands to NOT want to put mine onto the stove. I do have a gas stove, so I could boil in the flask. Just not looking forward to facing any of the issues others have.
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Or just not boil the starter wort in the flask.

I make my starters in stainless steel pots, then transfer to the flask after it's been cooled enough. Especially when I'm doing a stepped starter, where there's yeast already in it. It's another reason I keep a bucket of Star San solution on hand (plus some in a spray bottle) at all times.
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I just starsan the flaqsk and stir bar and pour the wort in once it has cooled to pitching temps. It's easier to add the yeast to the sauce pan than the flask, too.

And my flask is borasilicate.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:14 PM   #17
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When Bringing liquids to a boil with an Erlenmeyer flask you should always use boiling stones, for one it promotes an even boil as well as prevents bumping.

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Canned starter wort and Starsan anyone?

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Canned starter wort and Starsan anyone?
No pressure cooker here, so making canned starter wort isn't an option. Besides, that would take up more space than the DME container.
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