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Old 02-20-2012, 03:01 PM   #11
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Fun little fact for you all about clogged garbage disposals - *WARNING* make sure you unplug the disposal first! - there's a hex bolt on the underside of most disposals; if you put an Allen wrench in there and turn it back and forth a few times, it manually turns the disposal, and hopefully dislodges whatever is stuck in there.

I was able to get the stir bar out, but immediately threw it away.

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:41 PM   #12
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yet another stir bar in primary as of last night. when shaking to get some stubborn yeast clumps out of the bottom of my flask I realized as the bar bounced off of the glass and into the carboy that those weren't stubborn yeast clumps. see you in 3 weeks, stir bar.

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:44 PM   #13
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I'd toss it. Too much chance of infection from something so easy to replace.

The technique I use is to take one of the extra magnets from my hard drive and stick it on the bottom of the flask when the starter's ready. It will hold the stir bar in place when you dump it. I keep it with the rest of my yeast starter stuff so I don't forget.

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:45 PM   #14
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Just use a magnet to pull it out of the flask before you dump anything.

Edit> Beat me to it.

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:59 PM   #15
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yep, I had a magnet I was going to use for keeping the bar in place but the thought of actually using it escaped me before I pitched. This was my first starter so next time I'll get it right.

I figure since the flask and stir bar were sanitized prior to the starter being created and the stir bar was in the starter for almost two days with the yeast it helped create I'm probably OK leaving it in the carboy. Looks like others on this forum have left theirs in their primaries as well. I have an extra stir bar so I'm not too worried about this one being MIA for a while.

Side note, fermentation was off to a running start after about 8 hours this morning.

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:19 PM   #16
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When you order another.. order a stir bar retreiver.. it's another magnet encased in a piece of tubing. Sanitize it and drop it to the bottom of your stir flask to pluck it out. Works every time

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When you order another.. order a stir bar retreiver.. it's another magnet encased in a piece of tubing. Sanitize it and drop it to the bottom of your stir flask to pluck it out. Works every time
I will do that. Thanks!
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:09 AM   #18
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I can't remember where I got my stir bars, but the shipping was considerably more than the bars. I ordered 5 to account for one down the disposal, two pending in primaries, and still having two for starters. Maybe it wasn't that planned out, but spares worked out.

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Boiling will sanitize ANYTHING. Crevices do nothing to protect from heat.

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