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View Poll Results: Have you dumper your stir bar in the primary?
Yes 33 31.43%
Yes, that's why I have more than one 38 36.19%
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:31 PM   #1
Bitterbrush
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I thought it would never happen to me but the last batch has my stir bar in it. Have you ever pitched your stir bar into the primary? I usually get the magnet out and keep hold of the little dude but this time I got distracted.

 
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:32 PM   #2
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Yup. It's a nice reminder to either keep a spare stir bar or two, or to hold off your next brew until you rack to a secondary

 
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:37 PM   #3
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Everyone has done this at least once. I actually use a lot of dried yeast so it's not a HUGE deal if I happen to dump it in a batch; I can just make something with US-05 or whatever for my next batch or two while I wait it out.

The trick for me is remembering that there's a stir bar in the fermenter when I finally rack it. There have been a couple of close calls with me nearly dumping that sucker down the kitchen sink.

 
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:40 PM   #4
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For my full time job, I work in a chemical lab doing quality control testing via titration. To retain the stir bar when we dump the chemicals out of the flasks, take two spares and hold them on the bottom of the flask, then dump. They are magnetized so it will hold the stir bar inside the flask to the bottom. Then take off the ones on the outside to dump out the stir bar inside the flask. Done deal.

 
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:46 PM   #5
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First day I had the stir bar I was playing with the spacing and the magnet position in my DIY plate with several different containers to see what would work and then what would work best. (I didn't want to drop extra cash on a 3L+ flask) After finding one that worked good enough I dumped out the water in it into the sink......with the mother****ing stir bar. I was ready to kick in the wall and then spent the next 10 minutes trying to fish it out with another magnet since my hands won't fit into the kitchen sink and I didn't want to take the trap off if I didn't have to.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:51 PM   #6
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I've only used my stir plate once but I can honestly say that I've never dumped a stir bar. I used a spare hard drive magnet on the bottom of the glass to hold the sir bar while I pitched the yeast.

 
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:12 PM   #7
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I haven't done this but I have helped a buddy use a magnet to fish his stir-bar out of the primary so he make could another starter.

Really wasn't that hard since there was not much in the bottom of the fermenter at that point. Just took some patience to avoid dropping the magnet back in.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:01 PM   #8
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one of my stir bars are at the bottom of my sanke right now.

 
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:05 PM   #9
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Since I cold crash the flask for several days, it's pretty easy to remember at some point to take it out. And finally I decant and swirl, at which point you would hear the bar bouncing around. So no I've never done it. Made a ton of other mistakes however.

 
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:44 PM   #10
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I now have a heavy duty magnet to hold it in the flask...
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