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Stir plate question
« on: January 03, 2013, 08:25:11 AM »
How long do you use the stir plate after fermentation begins? do you run it till the bubbles stop?
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Re: Stir plate question
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2013, 08:28:41 AM »
How long do you use the stir plate after fermentation begins? do you run it till the bubbles stop?

Its usually in the 24-48 hour range for me.  There are visual signs to look for - krausen/foam head has fallen, the wort has a creamier, more opaque appearance than when initially pitched, and the cascading bubbles rising to the top have ceased.  When all of those things have occured, I tightly seal the foil on top and off she goes for cold crashing. 
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Re: Stir plate question
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2013, 08:30:12 AM »
It depends.  Some people like to pitch ales at high krausen (18-24 hours) and some like to ferment out, decant and pitch ( 24-36 hours depending on the strain ). 

But either way, the stirplate runs for the whole time. 
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Re: Stir plate question
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2013, 08:32:39 AM »
How long do you use the stir plate after fermentation begins? do you run it till the bubbles stop?

Its usually in the 24-48 hour range for me.  There are visual signs to look for - krausen/foam head has fallen, the wort has a creamier, more opaque appearance than when initially pitched, and the cascading bubbles rising to the top have ceased.  When all of those things have occured, I tightly seal the foil on top and off she goes for cold crashing.

Same here, usually around 36 hours unless I'm doing multiple steps.
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Re: Stir plate question
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013, 08:35:54 AM »
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Re: Stir plate question
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013, 01:16:19 PM »
How long do you use the stir plate after fermentation begins? do you run it till the bubbles stop?
...I tightly seal the foil on top and off she goes for cold crashing.
Do you bother cold crashing if you are planning on brewing in the next few days or would that be if you wanted it to keep longer?
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Re: Stir plate question
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2013, 01:21:55 PM »
Do you bother cold crashing if you are planning on brewing in the next few days or would that be if you wanted it to keep longer?

If it is an ale starter, and on the lower end (i.e. 1 liter or so, I'll pitch it right in ).  Anything bigger or if it's for a lager, I cold crash and decant, then pitch. 

If you have a few days, cold crash, decant, and pitch it.  You may want to let it warm up a bit if you are pitching at ale temps as well.
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Re: Stir plate question
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2013, 01:24:27 PM »
Cool thanks, My gallon of WLP810 Is on its way to the fridge.
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Re: Stir plate question
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2013, 02:39:03 PM »
How long do you use the stir plate after fermentation begins? do you run it till the bubbles stop?
...I tightly seal the foil on top and off she goes for cold crashing.
Do you bother cold crashing if you are planning on brewing in the next few days or would that be if you wanted it to keep longer?

I cold crash every starter. 

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