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Old 01-27-2011, 02:47 AM   #1
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Default Warning: If you drop a stir bar into boiling starter, it will boil over

While making a starter, added FermCap to supress the foam and everything couldn't have been going more perfect until I dropped in the stir bar 5 min before boil was done, It set the starter off like a volcano.

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Old 01-27-2011, 02:50 AM   #2
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Boil with bar in there. It's OK.

Here come the nucleation site posts...

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You're not the first one to find out the hard way that the bar goes in first.

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Old 01-27-2011, 04:57 AM   #4
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Heard/read "wait until the end of the boil to toss in the stir bar so you don't melt it while it sits on the bottom"

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Old 01-27-2011, 05:09 AM   #5
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or spray with a little star-san before you drop it in....

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Old 01-27-2011, 08:29 AM   #6
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Heard/read "wait until the end of the boil to toss in the stir bar so you don't melt it while it sits on the bottom"

Isn't it made out of iron?
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:33 AM   #7
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Isn't it made out of iron?
It's coated in teflon and I've made quite a few starters where I boiled the bar. No problems and the bar looks like it did when it came out of the packaging.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:37 AM   #8
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Yeah there good to like 400* or some crap like that... You can put them in the pressure cooker too if you like. 15 psi for 15 min...

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Yep, in the lab we put the stir bars in before boiling. As someone before mentioned, it will provide nucleation sites and prevent bumping. And yea, they are fine at way higher temperatures than you'll create in brewing, so long as they're immersed in an aqueous solution. They replace boiling chips when stirring's required usually.

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Old 01-27-2011, 12:00 PM   #10
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Oh man I have done this more than once. You would think I learned my lesson the first time!

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