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Old 01-18-2011, 10:51 PM   #1
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Default Starter blow-off

Well, I forgot to add some of those magic anti-foam drops to my starter wort and it blew some krausen through the foil top that I had on the flask. It wasn't so bad and I let the starter finish as it should, but now I'm left with a stir plate with a bunch of hardened yeast / wort on it. Any advice as to how to clean this? Obviously I don't want to get it too wet. I've tried a wet paper towel, all purpose cleaner, and even my fingernail, but nothing seems to get it all the way off.

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Old 01-18-2011, 10:56 PM   #2
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Did you pitch the starter yet?

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Old 01-18-2011, 11:02 PM   #3
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No, the starter is still in the flask. It's cold-crashing in the fridge right now. I'm not so concerned with the flask itself because I can put really hot water in it. Right now I just want to clean the crud off the surface of the stir plate itself.

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Old 01-18-2011, 11:27 PM   #4
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Oh, I see. Unplug the stir plate and wipe it down with a rag soaked in water as hot as you can stand it. Let it thoroughly dry before plugging it back in. Hot water is sugar's worst enemy.

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Old 01-18-2011, 11:34 PM   #5
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same thing happened to me. I took the flask off and refrigerated it this morning and I didn't have time to deal with the crud covered stirplate till now. its all hard as a rock and coming off on its own just by rubbing it with my thumb. let it dry and it will fall right off, than just wipe it down with a warm moist paper towel

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Alright, that makes sense. I'll give it a try tomorrow. Thanks for the help.

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Old 01-20-2011, 11:30 AM   #7
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This is why my stir plate uses a waterproof enclosure... right down to the grommet allowing the power wires through. I could literally run it under the sink if I wanted to

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