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Old 01-15-2013, 09:34 AM   #1251
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:49 AM   #1252
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:02 AM   #1253
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When you discover the hard way that Pyrex jugs aren't meant to go directly onto the stovetop, and explode into a thousand pieces.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:38 PM   #1254
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When you discover the hard way that Pyrex jugs aren't meant to go directly onto the stovetop, and explode into a thousand pieces.
Is this true? I have been heating my pyrex Flask on the stove for yeast starters. Is that a no-no??
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:22 PM   #1255
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Is this true? I have been heating my pyrex Flask on the stove for yeast starters. Is that a no-no??
i've heard that electric elements are a no-go with pyrex, but gas stoves are OK. i've boiled my starters directly in my pyrex* flask on my gas stove with no problems.

ArnooBrew, did you use an electric stove?

* correction: borosilicate glass... thanks GotPushrods.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:32 PM   #1256
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Is this true? I have been heating my pyrex Flask on the stove for yeast starters. Is that a no-no??
Pyrex is a brand name, it doesn't necessarily mean the item is made of borosilicate glass. The lab-grade stuff (i.e. your flask) almost always is. If you do a search here for "Pyrex borosilicate" you should find lots of info. It's probably good to know for sure, we don't want any 3rd degree burn pics!
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:00 PM   #1257
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When your Fridge or fridges start looking like a forensics lab, due to all the jars and test tubes of washed yeast you may or may not use, but can't seem to part with any of it.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:19 AM   #1258
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Is this true? I have been heating my pyrex Flask on the stove for yeast starters. Is that a no-no??
Completely true, mate. Google "Pyrex explode" and read lots of similar stories to mine.

Pyrex can apparently handle going into the oven, but not going directly onto the stovetop. The thermal stress is too much for it.

I was just heating a small volume of water on my gas stovetop, to sterilise and then chill, so I could hydrate finings for my fermenter.

The explosion was unbelievable. I figure that this experience qualifies me as a homebrewer. I'm sure many other homebrewers have made this mistake.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:37 AM   #1259
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I regularly boil my flasks on the stove top (though I start with the flame very low and gradually increase it), and move it right from boiling to an ice bath. Never had an issue. A decent borosilicate flask should be able to handle that, as that's pretty much the kind of use they can expect to get in a lab. Reasons for failure are usually that it's too thin/poor quality, that it's a different kind of glass, (quite commonly) that the flask has been damaged - however slightly - and thus compromised, or even when they're heated without water.
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When you see some mystery plastic object and think, 'That might make a good fermenter.'


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