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Old 02-18-2012, 02:41 AM   #1
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I recently made a DIY stir plate from a usb fan . I tested it last night with water and pepper to make sure it would work well and hold up to a night of work. Everything worked perfectly.

So tonight I start boiling the wort for my starter, sanitize my jar, get everything all ready to go. Except ... where's my stir bar? After countless warnings on here not to pitch your bar into the primary, I swear I made sure to strain the stir bar when I dumped the pepper water earlier. But lo and behold, what do I spy with my little eye wedged into my garbage disposal -- stir bar.

It would be be one thing if it was just sitting there and I could pluck it out. But noooo, I had to use the disposal for some scraps from dinner, and now the stir bar is more snug than a bug in a rug.

Oh well, I guess there is plenty of shaking in my future.



 
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Old 02-18-2012, 02:47 AM   #2
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ouch sorry! I have like 3 stir bars cus they always end up in the primary.



 
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Old 02-18-2012, 03:50 AM   #3
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Take the garbage disposal apart and get it! Man made it, man can take it apart.

 
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:00 AM   #4
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ouch sorry! I have like 3 stir bars cus they always end up in the primary.
And that's why I just ordered 2 more from Amazon.

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Take the garbage disposal apart and get it! Man made it, man can take it apart.
I will indeed be doing that ... tomorrow. Especially since the disposal is currently incapacitated by the lodged stir bar. My only concern with using the recovered stir bar would be infection. I saw a few posts on here where people were talking about microbes living in the imperfections in the plastic, that alone worries me, let alone after the disposal has chopped it up and it's sat in the disposal itself for many hours.

 
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:31 AM   #5
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If you have any remaining hard drive magnets from your stir plate build, secure them tightly to something with enough length to reach your stir bar and simply capture it and pull it out.

While working in labs, I've watched dozens of stir bars lost to the drain and rescued them in a similar way.

 
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:37 AM   #6
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Dog ate mine!!

 
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:53 AM   #7
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Dog ate mine!!

LOL, no metal left in that dog!
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:12 AM   #8
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ouch sorry! I have like 3 stir bars cus they always end up in the primary.
Same here. When I empty one, retrieve stir bar for next starter.

 
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:20 AM   #9
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I have lost acouple by pitching them in to primary too. I got a big magnet when i pitch my starter i put the magnet on the bottom of my flask it holds the bar in place so it doesn't get in to my primary

 
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:05 AM   #10
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I totally agree with you as far as the dings on the surface harboring contaminants, but if you unplug the disposal from power, can't you get it out? I've gotten some very firmly lodged bottle caps and the like out with a screwdriver, and a slightly bent hook made of a coat hanger works wonders in pulling things upwards and out from between the disposal drum and the housing.

*Please don't sue me for any injury or property damage that may or may not ensue*



 
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