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Old 09-06-2008, 02:32 AM   #1
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My 5 gallon bucket is filled to within 3 inches from the top. My big stainless steel spoon isn't long enough to reach the bottom. I've read it's important to stir up the bottom. What can I use to stir with?

Can I use a piece of wood? If so, what kind? How do you sterilize/sanitize wood?

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Old 09-06-2008, 05:17 AM   #2
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ANY HBS...Even online...has plastic brew spoons. They are white plastic and $3...You better get 2, cause when you try and spank SWMBO with it....It will Break.

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before you stir up the bottom what kind are you making because about 99% of the time stirring anything in a bucket during the fermentation process is a horrible idea.

FYI: i sanitize my wooden spoon along with all my tools in the dishwasher first on the "sanitize setting" cause the water gets to almost boiling on it, then for a little precaution and to get rid of the jet-dry residue i sprinkle some c-brite on a sponge and go over everything then rinse completely.

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A piece of wood is not a good idea- it's porous and really impossible to properly sanitize. What would work well is a plastic dowel. Like, one from a set of blinds. You could remove it from your mini blinds, wash it well and then sanitize and use it as a stirring rod. I have a big plastic spoon, but if I didn't, I'd use that.
You can also use a sanitized metal dowel, or something like that, too.

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Where did you read that it's important to stir in the fermenter? The yeast do a good job, usually, of keeping things churning. The only time we generally advocate stirring things up is if you happen to get a stuck fermentation, which is pretty uncommon.

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Some wines and wine kits have you stir up from the bottom. I'm assuming that is what we are talking about?

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Oops, my bad, didn't see what forum y'all were in. Carry on...

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before you stir up the bottom what kind are you making because about 99% of the time stirring anything in a bucket during the fermentation process is a horrible idea.
I'm making a wild plum wine. All directions I've found for wine-making say to stir twice a day. And in one place I read that the yeast tends to settle in the lees so it's important to get to the bottom when stirring.
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What would work well is a plastic dowel. Like, one from a set of blinds. You could remove it from your mini blinds, wash it well and then sanitize and use it as a stirring rod.
Thanks for the idea....I needed something right away and this fits the bill!
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Thanks for the idea....I needed something right away and this fits the bill!
Just put it back before the other adult in the house notices!!

Stirring the wine is a good idea- so just keep following the directions in your recipe. After fermentation is slowed (1.020 or so), you can stop stirring and keep it under airlock. If you're using fruit, make sure you dunk the fruit and keep it wet so it doesn't dry out, and break up the cap if one forms.

I don't have any wild plums this year, but I'm hoping to next year. Could you post your recipe so I can see how to start a plum wine? Thanks!
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