i was concernted about this too... i think i might have found a solution (sincei couldn't find a stainless steal hanger). I stuck the hanger in a small plastic tube. I filled the sink up and it seems to work good at stirring water.. i will have to adjust it so that it does not hit the sides of the carboy. do you think this will be better?I would be leery of the coating on it. Check out the Plastic Shavings In Wine post. Might chip off if you hit the side of the carboy or around the neck. I am also wondering if it will be stiff enough to really do any good. I wouldn't really recommend anything that wasn't stainless steel. If I was going to go this route, I would find a hanger that was not coated.
yeah, i am definitely going to skip buying one. We did stir for about 45 mins on and off after switching to secondary, but I am noticing now that there is still gas in it and plastic shavings from the spoon. It's at least worth a try! I guess I will learn the hard wayI went out and got one of the Fizz-X things, and despite making several batches of wine since, I've always just grabbed my spoon and stirred until my arm fell off, then switched arms. If you're not rushing your batches, and you're willing/able to stir for a couple of minutes at each racking, you can skip the expensive toys, or their Rube Goldberg substitutes.
Look at a dollar store and see if you can find a stainless steel spoon that's handle will fit in the neck of your carboy. Won't have to worry about those plastic shavings and if you find one like I got, it will degas better. Still won't match a Mix-Stir device though.yeah, i am definitely going to skip buying one. We did stir for about 45 mins on and off after switching to secondary, but I am noticing now that there is still gas in it and plastic shavings from the spoon. It's at least worth a try! I guess I will learn the hard way