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Old 03-31-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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Well, after pitching countless starters, I finally forgot the stir bar yesterday and pitched it with my yeast! I was cleaning my flask afterward and realized the stir bar was no longer in it and that I had forgotten to use a magnet to hold it to the side of the flask when I pitched. Oh well, I'll just dig it out of the trub after I bottle. I'm sure I'm not the first brewer to do this.

 
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:03 AM   #2
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You'll do it once....then you will figure a solution to prevent it from happening again.

I use a couple powerful magnets. Slap them on the side of the flask when it is time to pitch. Keeps the stir bar snug to the side of the flask.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:04 AM   #3
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Thats why you always keep a couple of spare bars so you can continue to brew while your waiting to get that one back from the trub.

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Old 03-31-2013, 11:24 AM   #4
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I have an extra, but haven't needed it because i always remembered to hold the stir bar to the side of the flask with a magnet (in fact a magnet for this purpose came with my stir plate) I just think it's funny that we can get into the habit of doing something a certain way countless times, and then just suddenly forget it.

 
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:28 AM   #5
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i did the same thing on my last brew but then I never found the stir bar. somehow I dumped the trub and didn't find the bar

 
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:42 AM   #6
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I never tought of the magnet trick. I have pitched a stir bar twice before. One I got back the other I forgot about and dumped in my compost pile. I have a bunch of spares now.

 
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:04 PM   #7
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I usually pitch bucket lid gaskets when inserting air locks, although I recently pitched a whole rubber stopper that was too small for the neck of my 1.5 g. mini batch primary PET bottle.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:49 PM   #8
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Magnets - +1

I use buckets to ferment and was brewing with a buddy of mine. One of the first times I was pitching after getting stirplate and did the same thing - pitched the bar right in with the yeast. Cursed and swore. Buddy calmly walked over and took a relatively ordinary magnet off my beer fridge..... moved it around on the bottom of the bucket and then proceeded to slide the stirbar right up the side of the bucket to the top lip and I grabbed it and took it out.
Easy on a flat sided bucket - need a little stronger magnet on a curved flask (or carboy).
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:29 PM   #9
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I just did the same thing Friday night. I think I pitch my stir bar 25% of the time. I just tape a note on my fermenter "hey dumbass you pitched your stir bar," so I at least remember to retrieve it come bottling time.

 
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:15 PM   #10
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I have a ton of stir bars because my company makes them, so I always do this just so I don't have to bother with carefully pouring out my flask. They're coated in an inert polymer (usually teflon) so it's not going to bother your beer at all.
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