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Old 11-07-2012, 12:51 AM   #1
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Default Will this work inplace of an Erlenmeyer flask?

So, the SWMBO is planning to buy me a Erlenmeyer flask for christmas, and I happen to have one of these laying around the house. Will this work until I get a flask? I'm brewing an IPA soon and would like to make a yeast starter on my DIY stirplate..

it's a stove top coffee pot that you can boil in. The top is a little bigger than a 2000ml flask. But was hoping I could get away with it for now.
All in one 12 cup glass kettle

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Old 11-07-2012, 01:04 AM   #2
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That might actually work really well. I would just use sanitized alum. foil in place of the plastic stopper.
The biggest problem with make-shift flasks is the the bottom. It needs to be flat and thin so the magnets can work the stir bar.

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As long as the bottom is flat most anything can work temporarily. I use a plastic beer pitcher. The bottom is flat, and I use sanitized foil over top. This is indeed temporary as the stir bar has started to mark up the bottom. Scratches=nasties=no bueno

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That would certainly work, I haven't done the math to compare it to 2000mL's

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sweet deal. heli, it's roughly just shy of 3000mls. So i should be able to make a decent size starter in it if needed.

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Great Idea. Thinking outside the box. Report back your results.

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I use a 1 gal pickle jar. Anything that has a somewhat flat bottom will work. The pickle jar is slightly curved but the stir bar doesn't seeem to mind.

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Why even bother spending the $20 on a flask when you've got that already? I bet it will serve perfectly... Maybe have the lady get you something else.

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I wasn't able to open the link, but i use a coffee pot from an cheap spare 12 cup coffee maker i had laying around. works great!

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That is a great idea. The handle is great too. Ever try to move a hot 3000ML flask when it's about to overflow?

I might consider switching to this. I've got several of these sitting in my basement from old coffee machines. Do you thik the lid is really a problem if it's been sanitized properly? I'd assume the metal band is stainless.

If nothing else I can use it to boil/cool the wort then dump it right into a flask.

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