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McJeff
02-17-2015, 10:39 AM
Will a stir plate have enough nuts to mix the honey for me in a 5 gallon carboy?

smertz001
02-17-2015, 02:37 PM
Depends on the stir plate. And if the honey is sitting on the bottom before adding water to mix.

Most stir plates do not have the nuts for it. But I have seen one or two out there that can get a vortex in a 5 gallon carboy, but usually for beer that I've seen it for.

-- Steve

McJeff
02-17-2015, 02:44 PM
yeah thats pretty much what i figured. Im just looking for the lazymans way of backsweetening and not over aerating the mead.

smertz001
02-17-2015, 03:09 PM
I just use a paint stirrer thingy attached to a drill and just don't go too fast to create a vortex.

Quick and easy and lazy. (=

McJeff
02-17-2015, 03:12 PM
well im dumb, i have a yeast stirer.

ScottBehrens
02-17-2015, 03:17 PM
There are some that claim to stir a 5 gallon carboy. The better term would be they move water at 5 gallons. I just got the one in the video below showing it at 5 liters and speed 1 & speed 5. I tried a 5 gallon carboy with a variety of stir bar lengths and barely got circular movement let alone a stir with water. The curved bottom on carboys quickly throw the larger bars. As your stir density increases performance decreases quickly.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tjcahvm0k1796qd/20150118_105236.mp4?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8jzz78961j2gtc0/20150118_104754.mp4?dl=0