Originally Posted by stevo155
Drop them in and give it a gentle swirl.
Why? They are gonna do what they need to do regardless of swirling them or not. Which is coming in contact with the beer, and eventually falling through.
Anytime you've opened the fermenter you've broken the integrity of the co2 barrier, there's a good chance you've introduced oxygen into the vessel. Oxygen + fermented beer = Liquid Cardboard.
Me personally I want to eliminate that risk as much as possible. As much as I say it's difficult to ruin your beer, I still like to futz with it as little as possible. And doing something unnecessary in the overall scheme of things is one of the things I like to avoid.