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Old 04-10-2012, 10:05 PM   #1
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Do you generally find these worth the investment? Any recommendations on a stir plate and/or starter kit?

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Old 04-10-2012, 10:29 PM   #2
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It does benefit because you don't have to worry about shaking your flask. It benefits by exchanging the gases on a constant basis, and keeps the yeast in suspension better. Look at some of the DIY threads. I recently built one with about $30 in parts. Works great..

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Old 04-14-2012, 01:48 AM   #3
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Do you generally find these worth the investment? Any recommendations on a stir plate and/or starter kit?

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Quite a few have made their own with mixed results.

There are several low cost stir plates available on-line including three models we manufacture, but I'm not a site sponsor and linking woud be considered advertising.

My best suggestion would be to shop around starting with your local homebrew shop.
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It;s one of the best things you can do to improve your beer. Either make your own for ~$20 or buy one from www.stirstarters.com for $45.

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I don't mean to hijack this thread, but it's really kind of in the ball park of what I need to know.

Once I've made my starter and pitched the yeast, should I run the stir plate constantly and if so, for how many hours? Days?

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I think by using a stir plate you can get away with doing it like 48 hours in advance. If I plan on brewing on a Saturday I will make a starter Thursday on the stir plate, put it in the fridge Friday before I go to bed, decant in the morning and allow it to rise to room temp. I usually have activity with in 12 hours if not less.

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I don't mean to hijack this thread, but it's really kind of in the ball park of what I need to know.

Once I've made my starter and pitched the yeast, should I run the stir plate constantly and if so, for how many hours? Days?

It really depends on how big of a starter you need and what you are starting from. A 1 liter starter can be pitched at high krausen or about 12-18 hours on a stirplate. I would decant anything larger that 2 liters so about 18 hours on the stirplate and a day or two in the fridge to let the yeast settle.

I also propagate yeast from frozen vials of about 10 ml yeast. I have to step up 3 or 4 times so that takes a week even with a stirplate.

I made my DIY stirplate from an old computer and some other items and spent only $7.40. Fan, hard drive magnets an old cigar box - free. A rheostat and knob from Radio Shack and a some nuts and bolts from Walmart. Happy yeast ever since.
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I don't mean to hijack this thread, but it's really kind of in the ball park of what I need to know.

Once I've made my starter and pitched the yeast, should I run the stir plate constantly and if so, for how many hours? Days?
I let my starter run on the stirplate for 24 hours. Then take it off and cold crash for 24 hours. Decant and pitch on brew day.
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I went with the Yeast Hog at Rebel Brewer and couldn't be more satisfied.

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Old 04-14-2012, 02:42 PM   #10
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Hey guys....thank you very much for the info on the stir plates. I now have the info I've been looking for. This place rocks!!!!

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