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Old 02-02-2009, 10:08 PM   #1
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Default Double Stir Plate - Home Made

So, first off, I got the inspiration for this DIY project from Anthony Lopez (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-s...y-build-86252/) and from a guy in my homebrew club who had the ingenious idea of building a single stir plate out of a rubbermaid container. Thanks to both for the ideas!

So, I decided I'd like to have two stirplates so I could use 1000 mL flasks and still do a big starter. I used cooling fans that had adjustable speed controls built in. I had them, but if you don't, coolerguys.com is an excellent source. I used an old power supply from a computer I had and it has a built in on/off switch, so that was nice. Note, in power supplies, black wires are ground, reds are 5 volt DC and yellows are 12 volt DC. I first hooked up to the red and the fans didn't spin very fast. But when I changed over to the yellows I had to turn them down. Below are a couple pics of the build:

1 Rubbermaid Container $7.00
2 Computer cooling fans (adjustable speed) $salvaged
1 Computer Power Supply $salvaged
2 Harddrive Magnets $salvaged
1 Tube of Crazy Glue $2.50
3 Wire Nuts (had them)

So, for under $10, I built a double stirplate. Still waiting for my stirrods, it's a little sad that they are more expensive than the plate, but you can't have everything.


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Also note I drilled some vent holes in the sides of the containers. Power supplies have a tendancy to get hot, so this was important. The container's lid is water tight, but with the holes drilled for the on/off switch and vents, I would classify as water resitant. I would recommend using on a GFCI protected outlet.

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Old 02-02-2009, 10:18 PM   #2
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cool idea.. i like.

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Old 02-02-2009, 11:19 PM   #3
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Very cool... In the next few months I'm going to be pushing my design much much further...

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It's amazing how many people have copied my stirplates in the last five years. This is the first one I built about 5 years ago and the one that started the homemade stirplate revolution...

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LOL... who are you? website? new Avatar/Username?

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A couple more fans from the computer, that has so generously given its life for you, could help with cooling the power supply. A slight edge/lip over the holes would help immensely for water protection.

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Well, I am flattered that you all use the internet to keep in contact with one another still... I actually invented it 20 years ago. Glad to see it is still up and running.

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And fortunately for "The Pol", I mispoke while very drunk 10 years ago and called a hulkish looking woman a, "HERMS"

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I actually discovered water 50,000 years before I was born... I'm so glad you are all brewing beer based on my personal discovery that no one but me discovered...50,000 years ago...

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