To stir or not to stir continuously - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > To stir or not to stir continuously

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-03-2010, 07:33 PM   #1
Erythro73
Recipes 
 
Jul 2009
Montreal
Posts: 312
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts



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.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2010, 07:35 PM   #2
mkory
Recipes 
 
Sep 2009
Fishers, IN
Posts: 156
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


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.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2010, 07:37 PM   #3
Buffman
Recipes 
 
May 2009
Aurora, Colorado
Posts: 431
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


No need to stir continuously. I may (gently) stir the boil once during the hour - no stuck hops or evidence of scorching.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2010, 07:39 PM   #4
mmb
Jazz Hands!
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
mmb's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
WBMI
Posts: 30,075
Liked 4007 Times on 3763 Posts


The boil will do a good enough job of circulating things around without you stirring.

__________________
Black Phantom Brewing Company

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2010, 07:40 PM   #5
ChshreCat
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,538
Liked 538 Times on 431 Posts


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.
__________________
"Science + beer = good!"
-Adam Savage

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2010, 07:47 PM   #6
IrregularPulse
Hobby Collector
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
IrregularPulse's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Posts: 50,213
Liked 3332 Times on 3198 Posts


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.
__________________
Tap Room Hobo

I should have stuck to four fingers in Vegas. :o - marubozo's mom

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2010, 08:55 PM   #7
l1ranger
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Shenandoah Valley, VA
Posts: 402
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


like IP above, i wanna be around it.
but continuosly is not needed.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2010, 08:58 PM   #8
maida7
Recipes 
 
Nov 2009
Asheville, NC
Posts: 2,827
Liked 48 Times on 41 Posts


All this stirring in not necessary. Once the extract is properly dissolved there is no need to stir during the boil.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2010, 09:05 PM   #9
mojotele
Recipes 
 
Jan 2010
Baltimore, MD
Posts: 833
Liked 18 Times on 18 Posts


I'm surprised your arms didn't fall off stirring for 60 minutes!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2010, 12:39 AM   #10
GroovePuppy
Recipes 
 
Sep 2008
Windsor, CA
Posts: 1,734
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


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!


__________________
Primary - I'm on a break dammit!!!!
Secondary - sold it!
Kegged - Commercial beer

Yet Another Keezer Build

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What Magnets/Stir Bar do you use for your Stir Plate? Stevorino Equipment/Sanitation 28 10-04-2013 05:32 PM
Bulk Priming, To Stir or Not To Stir? xinunix Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 8 03-29-2009 04:14 PM
To Stir or Not To Stir : Mash Technique Question mmb General Techniques 19 03-02-2009 06:48 PM
Batch Priming - stir or no stir ? kappclark Bottling/Kegging 6 11-01-2007 11:38 PM


Forum Jump