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Old 06-18-2013, 05:09 PM   #1
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I get a Father's Day upgrade to my home brewery and I am trying to decide if I should pick up an oxygen kit or a stir plate first. Ill get both eventually but which first?

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Old 06-18-2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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Stir plate. All the oxygen in the world won't matter if you under pitch.

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Old 06-18-2013, 05:15 PM   #3
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Stirplate. Go with 'stirstarters.com' price is decent, and lifetime gaurentee. I've bene very happy with mine.

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I haven't had any issues with under pitching, I either make a proper size shaker starter or double pitch. Thanks for your input

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I have both, and will go the other way. Oxygen kit. Much easier to keep shaking your starter and/or give it a hit of oxygen before you begin the starter. Much more PITA to shake a carboy for five minutes in my opinion. I will say that the combination of both, along with temperature control for fermentation has been invaluable in my brewing.

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Old 06-18-2013, 09:34 PM   #6
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I have both, and will go the other way. Oxygen kit. Much easier to keep shaking your starter and/or give it a hit of oxygen before you begin the starter. Much more PITA to shake a carboy for five minutes in my opinion. I will say that the combination of both, along with temperature control for fermentation has been invaluable in my brewing.
I can see that point, however, there are several mitigations on the O2 first. I use buckets, so easy to stir, and I'm Extract/partial boils, so I end up adding a lot of water fresh from the tap. That might have other issues (clorine) but it alows me a good O2 add.

THAT SAID, DFP is right in that shaking a carboy is a pain, and adding O2 that way is problematic. And without an O2 setup, you can't get above 5ppm O2 (with O2 system you can get 9 ppm o2).

But for me stirplate (as evidence I have one without the o2)
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I haven't had any issues with under pitching, I either make a proper size shaker starter or double pitch. Thanks for your input
Saving the cost of yeast from having to double pitch only 4x will pay for your stir plate.
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