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Old 02-03-2010, 06:33 PM   #1
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Default To stir or not to stir continuously

Hi all,
during my first brew (extract with specialty grains) some weeks ago, I stired continuously during all the boil of the wort (the 60 minutes). But I wonder if that was necessary. Sure, I know it's important to stir when adding the DME/LME to prevent scorching. But do I need to keep stirring during all the boil? I was fearing hops pellet to stick on the bottom of the pot...

I'm just looking back at my brew session and tweaking my process right now.

Well, at what frequency should I stir? I know, it's important to keep an eye on the boil, but it would be much more easier if I don't have to stir it continuously, thus losing more heat.



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Old 02-03-2010, 06:35 PM   #2
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Once the extract is mixed in, there is no need to stir. In fact, I don't stir at all once the boil starts, unless it foams up when hops are added. Then I'll just scrape the sides of the kettle and let it go.



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Old 02-03-2010, 06:37 PM   #3
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No need to stir continuously. I may (gently) stir the boil once during the hour - no stuck hops or evidence of scorching.

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Old 02-03-2010, 06:39 PM   #4
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The boil will do a good enough job of circulating things around without you stirring.

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Old 02-03-2010, 06:40 PM   #5
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I give the wort a stir every few minutes just to make sure I don't have hops sticking to the bottom or anything. When I add extract, I stir continuously for a few minutes just to make sure it gets totally incorporated, but that's it.

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The boil is agitating the wort, but I admit to stirring occasionally. i think it's just because I want to look at it and smell it.

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Old 02-03-2010, 07:55 PM   #7
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like IP above, i wanna be around it.
but continuosly is not needed.

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Old 02-03-2010, 07:58 PM   #8
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All this stirring in not necessary. Once the extract is properly dissolved there is no need to stir during the boil.

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Old 02-03-2010, 08:05 PM   #9
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I'm surprised your arms didn't fall off stirring for 60 minutes!

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I stir every few minutes for two reasons. 1) Pellet hop additions sometimes "carpet" on the top, and 2) I can't leave well alone!



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