What to stir the must with?

All,
Again a bit of a newbie question. I have been fighting stirring my must in my 5 gal primary with a plastic spoon that is too short. I can't get a grip on it to stir right and I use the plastic because it is easy to clean and sanitize.
Has anyone used a large wooden spoon for this task, and if not, why. If so, how do yo clean it to prevent molds/flavors from affecting the wine?
Thanks again in advance,
Greg, erie, PA
Reply to
Hoss
Hi, A friend of mine made a 3 foot wooden spoon out of oak or some other hard wood. Just rinse it with water or dip in sulfite solution. Jeff
Reply to
jheffner
I found a book a number of years back on woodworking for winemakers.. Everything from sparging bag press... apple press designs to a plonker.. The plonker I use all the time in my masher.. simply a piece of good grade 1/2 in plywood cut in a circle slightly smaller in dia than the bottom of the masher pail. random 1 inch holes drilled in it. attached to an old broom handle.. Use it like a toilet plunger.. sure pulps the fruit as well as giving it a really good stir.
cheers Marv
Reply to
islander
Greg - I'm sure you could use a long wooden spoon, if you have one. If you rinse it after each use, I wouldn't think you'd have any special problems with mold, etc. I use a long plastic spoon - you should be able to find one at any wine or beer-making supply place. I buy my stuff from Midwest Supplies (they're close to where I live) and they carry sizes up to 28" for less than $5. I'm sure you can find something similar in PA.
Doug
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Doug
I use a long handled wooden spoon for years (for wine, mead and beer), and I have never had a spoiled batch. I don't even sanitize it. I just wash it off with soapy hot water, and it gets a nice contact with boiling wort. Of course, it is just a matter of time until I do have a batch go bad. Really you should just get a long handled plastic spoon. If you can't find one locally, order one online from any number of places.
Reply to
Droopy

Why even buy a spoon? Go to the hardware store and buy 30" of plastic pipe for 89 cents. Bob aka El Cheapo
Reply to
Bob
Thanks to all who replied. It is my wooden spoon indeed. I think it only cost 95 cents anyway.
good ideas for other items too.
Thanks!
Greg
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Hoss

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