Yeast stirrer

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by sooners3210, Aug 27, 2013.

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  1. sooners3210

    sooners3210 Aspirant (239) Jun 15, 2006 Texas

    I have misplaced the little white pill looking thing for my yeast stirrer. Is there anything I can substitute until I can get a new one? I was planning on brewing tomorrow.
  2. MLucky

    MLucky Aspirant (286) Jul 31, 2010 California

    I'd say the most expedient replacement would be elbow grease: just pick the starter up and shake it periodically. (As you know, you would need to increase the size of the starter slightly, but it'll get the job done.) Unless your LHBS happens to carry those things.
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  3. hopsandmalt

    hopsandmalt Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2006 Michigan

    Once I used a 1" long piece of 1/8" threaded rod stuck inside a piece of aquarium pump tubing when I had accidentally pitched my stir bar into my carboy.
  4. IPeteA91

    IPeteA91 Disciple (340) Nov 10, 2012 Texas
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    Do make sure the threaded rod is stainless, otherwise metallic off-flavors might combat the beer goodness?
  5. IPeteA91

    IPeteA91 Disciple (340) Nov 10, 2012 Texas
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    By the way, if you are in Dallas I have a couple extra stir sticks.
  6. inchrisin

    inchrisin Defender (654) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    I never thought of that. How does one not pitch the stir bar into the fermenter?
  7. billf

    billf Initiate (85) Jul 31, 2012 California
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    use a magnet to hold it in place at the bottom of your flask, or use a magnet to slide the stir bar up the side and out before you pitch.

    I "repurposed" a refrigerator magnet for this task :wink:
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  8. Masemob

    Masemob Initiate (0) Aug 27, 2013 Florida

    +1 on the extra magnet. There's nothing worse than pitching your magnet then needing it right away afterwards to start another starter.
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