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Old 04-23-2010, 02:28 AM   #1
Apr 2010
Portales, NM
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I was wondering if anyone had any experiances with a "Mix-Stir Agitator Rod" while aerating their wort. I was thinking about using one from MidWest Supplies:

How long do you think I need to use it to ensure the wort has enough oxygen?

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Old 04-23-2010, 02:50 AM   #2
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I have made over 30 batches and have never used a rod, or wand to areate. I just slosh the cooled wort in the carboy before pitching yeast. Never had an issue.
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Old 04-23-2010, 02:59 AM   #3
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I'm with John. After transferring my wort to the fermenting bucket, I snap the lid on, sanitize my thumb and cover the airlock hole and the shake the living daylights out of it for 3-5 minutes. If it's too heavy for you (it gets too heavy for me after about 2 minutes), put it on a clean and slightly damp counter and just shake it on there.
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:10 AM   #4
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Agreed. Shake the be-jesus out of it. I find covering the carboy top with tin foil and a plastic back and putting it on my lap, rocking it back and forth works good. Or just put it on an edge and shake shake shake, shake shake shake, shake that booty! Shake that booty!

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Old 04-23-2010, 04:30 AM   #5
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I'm a shaker!

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Old 04-23-2010, 04:33 AM   #6
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I just pour from the kettle to the fermenter back and forth and pitch. Works like a charm. Haven't quite bought in to the stone deal and O2 tank. I have enough going on already.


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Old 04-23-2010, 11:23 AM   #7
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I have the Mix-Stir and it's very useful and much easier than shaking. I also use it for breaking up dough-balls in the mash & boil.
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:33 PM   #8
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You could get one of these for a couple bucks and forget the shaking.
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:39 PM   #9
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You could get one of these for a couple bucks and forget the shaking.
what the Hell is that thing? Looks like something I saw on an adult website once!
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:45 PM   #10
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I also just shake. I would rather put that money towards another batch of brew! I would also be concerned about scratching up my buckets if the blades were to hit the sides of the bucket.
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