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Just ordered a stir plate
« on: January 11, 2011, 09:29:37 AM »
Since I'm getting more into brewing lagers, I decided to invest in a stir plate. I ordered one from stirplates.com. It will be nice to just "set it and forget it" instead of doing intermittent shaking.
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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2011, 09:42:23 AM »
A couple hints.

Remember to add the stir bar when boiling your starter and remember to use your magnet on the stir bar before dumping into your wort.

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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2011, 09:51:46 AM »
Duly noted -- thanks!
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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2011, 11:51:56 AM »
Awesome gadget to have.  I would also hint to use some anti foam or big enough flask/container to contain the krausen that may happen.   Way to just dramatically increase your yeast count from standard starter methods.




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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2011, 12:51:29 PM »
Bearcat, is "anti-foam" a homebrewing product?
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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2011, 12:55:32 PM »
Yep, commonly sold under the name Fermcap.  As in http://www.northernbrewer.com/default/fermcap-s-1-oz.html .
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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2011, 01:05:46 PM »
Bearcat, is "anti-foam" a homebrewing product?

Thanks Denny.   The stuff looks like, to me, white slimmy runny glue.   Works really well though and in your BK too.

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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2011, 01:16:09 PM »
A stir plate is a great investment.

 Then Tubercle got his by thinking quick.

 The boss got me to help him one day to clean out a storage area at work and we were throwing a bunch of stuff away. He picked up a stir plate and said "what is this"?

 The Tubercle said "Not sure ::), but it looks dangerous. I better take it out of here right away and dispose of it". He handed it to me and said "Yea, I guess you're right".  :o

 Straight to the parking lot..... :D :D :D :D

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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2011, 02:22:30 PM »
and use a flask at least twice the volume of your starter.
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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2011, 03:42:47 PM »
A stir plate is a great investment.

 Then Tubercle got his by thinking quick.

 The boss got me to help him one day to clean out a storage area at work and we were throwing a bunch of stuff away. He picked up a stir plate and said "what is this"?

 The Tubercle said "Not sure ::), but it looks dangerous. I better take it out of here right away and dispose of it". He handed it to me and said "Yea, I guess you're right".  :o

 Straight to the parking lot..... :D :D :D :D

Idiot.

You.....or the boss?  ;D  :D  ;)  :-*

Oh, just got my first stirplate also...
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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2011, 04:03:22 PM »
A stir plate is a great investment.

 Then Tubercle got his by thinking quick.

 The boss got me to help him one day to clean out a storage area at work and we were throwing a bunch of stuff away. He picked up a stir plate and said "what is this"?

 The Tubercle said "Not sure ::), but it looks dangerous. I better take it out of here right away and dispose of it". He handed it to me and said "Yea, I guess you're right".  :o

 Straight to the parking lot..... :D :D :D :D

Idiot.

You.....or the boss?  ;D  :D  ;)  :-*

Oh, just got my first stirplate also...


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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2011, 04:16:11 PM »
+1  8)
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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2011, 07:48:59 PM »
A couple hints.

Remember to add the stir bar when boiling your starter and remember to use your magnet on the stir bar before dumping into your wort.



I would recommend inserting stir bar into the cold wort before you start boiling.
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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2011, 08:01:48 PM »
I ordered one from stirplates.com.

Let us know how it works.  A stir plate is on my wish list and that seems like a good deal if it works as advertised.
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Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2011, 08:59:09 AM »
I ordered one from stirplates.com.

Let us know how it works.  A stir plate is on my wish list and that seems like a good deal if it works as advertised.

Not to say anything anti- stiplates.com-certainly is easier way to go about obtaining one,,, but you can do this yourself if you have the want-to.  It is the DIY section.  I am have made a few.  It is fun to watch two stir plates going that you made from computer parts and a trip to radio shack.