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Old 01-23-2013, 11:52 PM   #1
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Is it too bad for the beer if I shake or whirl the fermentor a little bit during the fermentation during the first 2-5 days? I mean a little whirl for moving the sediments not a vigorous shake.

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Old 01-23-2013, 11:54 PM   #2
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No just cover it up and let the yeast do what it does best.

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Old 01-23-2013, 11:55 PM   #3
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I do it with most batches. I cant see how it could hurt anything.

Unless you blow the lid off!

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Old 01-23-2013, 11:57 PM   #4
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If you have a krausen ring on a glass Carboy I sometimes swirl to get the still-wet sediment down into the trub before it cements on the glass.

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:05 AM   #5
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Doing things like swirling the fermenter fosters an attitude of wanting to screw with your beer. One minute you'll be swirling your beer (haha, look at me!), and then before you know it you will have dropped a chuck key into the brew(f*****k). True story, not mine. The moral is to leave the beer alone. Swirling does nothing but potentially mix nasty tasting krausen scum back into the brew.

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:06 AM   #6
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Swirling is atcually not bad, you can swirl more the earlier in the ferment u are. Making motions before roaring ferment will make for a better overall attenuation.

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Swirling is atcually not bad, you can swirl more the earlier in the ferment u are. Making motions before roaring ferment will make for a better overall attenuation.
What on earth would make swirling help you get a better attenuation, providing that your pitch rates were proper and your wort was well oxygenated? What would you be basing this information off of?
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:27 AM   #8
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Experience

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Have u even attempted it? Then you dont know.

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:32 AM   #10
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Have u even attempted it? Then you dont know.
Never stuck my finger in a pencil sharpener but I know my nose picking will hampered if I do.

Leave the yeast alone to do what they do best. If you feel you must play some Barry Manilow music to help get the yeast in the mood but I do not think that will help much either
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