Originally Posted by dadshomebrewing
i rack on top... never thought about just pouring it into the carboy before bottling and saving a step
seems like it might be a good idea
BAD IDEA. You'll need to stir to make sure it's evenly distributed, which will stir up any trub resting on the bottom. OP meant pour into bottling bucket, not carboy, I assume.
Originally Posted by HollisBT
I rack on top and let the swirling wort do the mixing.
I try not to let anything touch the beer/wort that doesn't absolutely need to touch it.
It's really not a big deal. If you're sanitation practices are sound, you won't have a problem. Just dip the stirrer into some starsan, and you're good. I haven't had an infection yet (although pretty much everyone will have one at some point in their brewing history).