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Old 03-01-2011, 12:18 AM   #11
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I stacked two hard drive magnets and got the same effect. I can use a bigger stirbar, do a larger volume, and most importantly, it's quieter.

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Old 03-01-2011, 12:27 AM   #12
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I stacked two hard drive magnets and got the same effect. I can use a bigger stirbar, do a larger volume, and most importantly, it's quieter.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:53 AM   #13
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Wildwest, can you get it to spin a 2" bar without throwing it now?

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Old 04-02-2011, 10:59 PM   #14
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I'm really glad I found this thread... I didn't think there was enough room for more magnets but sure enough, I bought some 1/2 inch magnets at the hardware store and now I can actually get a vortex with my 2 L starter and I don't have to mess around trying to get the stirbar to stay in the middle.

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Old 05-17-2011, 08:52 PM   #15
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Which brands of stir plates would you recommend? I've seen some unhappy comments about the Northern Brewer stir plate.

This looks interesting, any experience with them?

http://bellsbeershop.com/store/produ...roducts_id=462

Based on comments on the forum, it seems like many people have had their flasks shatter.

What size stir bar is recommended? 1 inch? 2 inches?

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Old 05-17-2011, 10:44 PM   #16
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Which brands of stir plates would you recommend? I've seen some unhappy comments about the Northern Brewer stir plate.

This looks interesting, any experience with them?

http://bellsbeershop.com/store/produ...roducts_id=462

Why is a flask needed, as opposed to a half gallon glass jug? The jug bottom is too thick? Easie rto measure with the flask because of the mili-liter markings?

Based on comments on the forum, it seems like many people have had their flasks shatter.
I bought this one. http://www.stirstarters.com/ The box can hold a one gallon jug (just barely). A flask is not necessary, but some jugs have a convex bottom making it hard to balance a stir bar on it. People like to boil their starters in a flask, I don't. To easy to get lava scorched by boil overs for my liking.

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Old 06-08-2011, 11:44 PM   #17
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I just tried adding the bigger magnets, but unfortunately mine now scrapes the top and doesn't turn with a flask on it. I've temporarily raised the lid up with washers on the screws, but need to find a cleaner fix. It really does stir better though.

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Old 06-09-2011, 12:32 AM   #18
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I just tried adding the bigger magnets, but unfortunately mine now scrapes the top and doesn't turn with a flask on it. I've temporarily raised the lid up with washers on the screws, but need to find a cleaner fix. It really does stir better though.
Mine did that too, it's in a small cardboard box. I just added longer screws, the screws support the top of the box. and thus the flask. Works fine.
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:36 AM   #19
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I'm going to use one of these magnets on mine. They're so strong they'll give you a blood blister if you get pinched! Now, wheres the best place to get a stir bar?

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Old 07-20-2011, 07:02 AM   #20
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I'm going to use one of these magnets on mine. They're so strong they'll give you a blood blister if you get pinched! Now, wheres the best place to get a stir bar?
I found my stir bar at the university in my city, they have a "science stores", which is basically a warehouse for their chemicals and lab ware, they won't just sell the chemicals, but the labware they sell to anyone. My 1-1/2" lab grade teflon stir bar was $1.72CAD
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