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Old 12-20-2012, 07:51 AM   #1
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Default Stainless Steel Mix-Stir... Worth It?

Thinking of buying the Stainless Steel Mix-Stir. http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/r.../list/id/2162/

Seems like it could double as both a whirlpool decide while running the IC, and then I could crank it up just before pitching for good aeration.

I know it can't take the place of a stone on high grav beers, but if it means I don't have to shake 6.5 gallon buckets like a madman every batch, I'm all for that.

Will it do what I want it to do?

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Old 12-20-2012, 02:40 PM   #2
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Pretty darn expensive IMO.. a stainless rod and a plastic (?) end to aerate. While you won't get.. THIS .. into a carboy, it'll sure work in a bucket.

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Old 12-20-2012, 04:39 PM   #3
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Might be worth it to see if home cheapo or blowe's has the paint stirer which is much like the first one mentioned. Commonly used to stir 5G buckets of paint. Should be a lot cheaper than $34.
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I have one of these to do wine with. I think you can fit it into a carboy. It's not that big, but it would work well to airate your wort.

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Old 12-20-2012, 04:43 PM   #5
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pretty ghetto but im sure it gets the job done...(not mine!)
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I'll admit I thought the blades were stainless when I first looked at it. Back to the drawing board.

I was trying to avoid paint stirrers because most of the metallic-finish ones say "electroplated mild steel" or "nickel plated steel" or "chromed" in the product description. Obviously others are painted and easy to locate. I'm worried that chemicals would leech out of them when dipped into a very-near-boiling pot of wort. Stainless ones are difficult to locate so far. I would also consider solid aluminum.

Searching all over again now.

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I just pour vigorously from two sanitized buckets back and forth... Never had a fermentation problem.

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I'm also ordering parts to make my own IC. So, without* a stirrer or agitator of sorts, I'll have to stand there and move the IC around the whole time.

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I have one. I don't think I paid that much for it but even at that price it will last forever. It does a good job degassing wine and I also use it for oxygenating wort. For carboys it is about the only thing you can get through the neck. Being as you ferment in buckets maybe you could go to a kitchen supply store and buy the biggest stainless wisk you can find and figure out a way to attach it to your drill.

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I have one. I don't think I paid that much for it but even at that price it will last forever. It does a good job degassing wine and I also use it for oxygenating wort. For carboys it is about the only thing you can get through the neck. Being as you ferment in buckets maybe you could go to a kitchen supply store and buy the biggest stainless wisk you can find and figure out a way to attach it to your drill.
I'm using buckets for primary right now because I was afraid to shake my 6 gallon glass carboys, especially with wet hands and without a Carboy Buddy on them. I figured I could just reserve the carboys for my secondary.

Recently I've been re-thinking that, as I've read a few threads that make me worried about what my bucket fermentors could be harboring, as well as several people saying that with a little patience, a secondary can be skipped for most brews.

I'd almost certainly be aerating in the brew kettle. I try to keep power tools, steel, and glass away from each other whenever possible.

This one actually looks like a winner to me. No reviews is a little scary, but the price is right. It spec's the head as Polypropylene, which means that it's safe in boiling water.

5-gallon version with 5/16" shank $7
1-gallon versions with 1/4" shank $5

Appears to be available at most HD locations.

Head size is not spec'd on the product page, but AutoCAD tells me that it's 2-5/8" wide for one of them (they reused the same product picture, ugh).

Headed out now to measure some freezers. Will let you all know how well it's built later today.
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