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Old 01-27-2014, 11:07 PM   #1
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Default Low on $. Wort chiller or stir plate?

I've been extract brewing for about 2 years and am looking to improve my brewing quality. As stated I don't have a ton of money to spend on equipment, but am considering either a wort chiller or a stir plate for yeast starters.

As of now I have just been cooling wort in a ice bath.

Eventually I will get both, but have to pick just one for now. Any opinions on which to buy first? Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:14 PM   #2
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Just my opinion but I would say wort chiller. You could continue to use dry yeast for awhile eliminating the need for a stir plate. You have to cool every batch of wort however.

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I cast my vote for a chiller. You can always gently stir your yeast starters by hand. Swirl the botlle around, been doing that for 5 years.

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Old 01-27-2014, 11:17 PM   #4
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both! buy the chiller and build a stirplate. or build both if you can find some copper tubing on the cheap.

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Just my opinion but I would say wort chiller. You could continue to use dry yeast for awhile eliminating the need for a stir plate. You have to cool every batch of wort however.
Yep, gotta cool stuff every batch. When you get to 10 gal high gravity brews, get your stir plate.........
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:19 PM   #6
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I'd 100% say wort chiller. It will make your brewing experience much easier.

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Old 01-27-2014, 11:21 PM   #7
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I personally think yeast in the most important so I'd look at a stir plate

I built this stir plate for < $25 using a USB fan and hard drive magnet and it works better that my pre built stir plate. Then maybe stash some money for a chiller.

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Old 01-27-2014, 11:21 PM   #8
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Thanks Everyone. I was leaning toward a chiller

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My vote is for the wort chiller. It's a critical piece of equipment IMO. A stir plate, on the other hand, is really not. That's one of those "extras" you get when you have some spare cash.

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Wort chiller definitely. I've made many good starters without stir plate and with dry yeast there is no need for either. But you have to get it cool/

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