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Title: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: klickitat jim on June 13, 2013, 05:42:31 AM
I have one of those telescopic mechanics magnets. $2 at any cheap tool place. Sanatize and fish out the stir bar. Easy peasy
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: yso191 on June 13, 2013, 05:50:16 AM
I just use a magnet taped to a piece of paper (so I don't lose it).  Then when I go to pour the yeast, I put the magnet on the bottom of the flask to keep the stir bar in the flask and pour away.
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: tschmidlin on June 13, 2013, 06:31:57 AM
I do the same with a magnet on the bottom.  If I needed to get the stir bar out without decanting, I would use the magnet to pull the stir bar up the side and out.
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: AmandaK on June 13, 2013, 12:23:19 PM
I do the same with a magnet on the bottom.  If I needed to get the stir bar out without decanting, I would use the magnet to pull the stir bar up the side and out.

Same here - I have some rare earth magnets from an old hard drive laying around. Stick 'em to the kegerator when not in use.
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: hopfenundmalz on June 13, 2013, 12:35:44 PM
I always have some magnets around when pitching. A strong rare earth keeper magnet comes with the stir starter.
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on June 13, 2013, 12:52:48 PM
I do the same with a magnet on the bottom.  If I needed to get the stir bar out without decanting, I would use the magnet to pull the stir bar up the side and out.

Same here - I have some rare earth magnets from an old hard drive laying around. Stick 'em to the kegerator when not in use.
The same here.
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: Joe Sr. on June 13, 2013, 01:40:06 PM
I do the magnet thing on the bottom of the flask also.  Learned my lesson when I dumped out a starter into the toilet.  I have a stir bar attached to the cast iron pipe somewhere inside the waste line.  Not fishing that one out.
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: klickitat jim on June 13, 2013, 02:16:23 PM
Huh? Why not?
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: beersk on June 13, 2013, 02:59:58 PM
I feel like the only one without a stir plate...maybe that'll be the next upgrade.
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: morticaixavier on June 13, 2013, 03:21:14 PM
I feel like the only one without a stir plate...maybe that'll be the next upgrade.

nah, I don't have one either. I don't have flasks either. I use 1 qt mason jars or .5 gallon ones if I need a big starter
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: denny on June 13, 2013, 03:44:39 PM
I just grab a magnet off the refrigerator and use it to pull the stir bar up the side of my gal. jug from the outside.  It's kinda like a stunt on a game show....
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: HoosierBrew on June 13, 2013, 04:13:43 PM
I feel like the only one without a stir plate...maybe that'll be the next upgrade.

nah, I don't have one either. I don't have flasks either. I use 1 qt mason jars or .5 gallon ones if I need a big starter
+1.  Same thing I use.
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: tschmidlin on June 13, 2013, 04:16:21 PM
I do the same with a magnet on the bottom.  If I needed to get the stir bar out without decanting, I would use the magnet to pull the stir bar up the side and out.

Same here - I have some rare earth magnets from an old hard drive laying around. Stick 'em to the kegerator when not in use.
Same here :)
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: AmandaK on June 13, 2013, 05:19:24 PM
I feel like the only one without a stir plate...maybe that'll be the next upgrade.

nah, I don't have one either. I don't have flasks either. I use 1 qt mason jars or .5 gallon ones if I need a big starter

I use a 3.5L cookie jar from the Wal-Mart. Cost me $4.88 as opposed to the $25-$30 Pyrex flasks I kept breaking. That this has lasted me nearly a year now!
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: dunngood on June 16, 2013, 12:43:13 AM
I also have a strong magnet tie wrapped to my PVC drain trap on my sink. If I forget and dump down the sink it has caught the stir bar everytime.
Title: Re: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: erockrph on June 16, 2013, 04:58:33 AM
I feel like the only one without a stir plate...maybe that'll be the next upgrade.

nah, I don't have one either. I don't have flasks either. I use 1 qt mason jars or .5 gallon ones if I need a big starter

For lagers it's usually a 1 gallon jug for me. Otherwise it's one of my fermenters with about 2.5-3 gallons of "starter". Those are much tastier without a stir bar ;D
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: klickitat jim on June 16, 2013, 05:25:23 AM
I think a lot of good beer has been made without a stir plate. That being said, I value mine pretty high. I think it's number three behind sanitation and fermentor temp control
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: guido on June 16, 2013, 10:19:17 AM
If I were handy, I could make a stir plate.  I bought one at www.stirstarters.com (http://www.stirstarters.com).  It was only $45, including shipping.  Lifetime guarantee.  I had a starter overflow and yeast got into the unit.  It was fixed, no charge, even though it was clearly my fault.  Can't say enough about the customer service.
Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: bunderbunder on June 16, 2013, 02:37:08 PM
I think a lot of good beer has been made without a stir plate.

Commercial beer, for example.

Title: Re: Stir Bar Tip
Post by: hopfenundmalz on June 17, 2013, 02:44:55 AM
I think a lot of good beer has been made without a stir plate.

Commercial beer, for example.
Do you mean the ones that use the 500 gram bricks? Or that buy pitchable quantities for big $$$. Some just harvest and repitch after they get a yeast going. Some go a long time with a culture, hundreds of pitches.

Many of the larger ones have yeast propagators, which aerate and mix the yeast. Can't do those on a stir plate.  ;)