Okay, I've searched through several threads, but I can't seem to find an answer.
I've read that when doing a yeast starter, the starter should go in a dark place. To me, this makes sense...if you need to ferment in a dark place, shouldn't your starter also be in a dark place (since you are basically making a mini batch of beer)?
Looking over the threads for the stir plates, though, I don't see any mention of putting the stir plate in a dark place. During a recent visit to a fellow homebrewer's house, I noticed his stir plate was just out in the open, in the middle of the counter.
Is this a concern, or do those of you with stir plates move them to a dark place while they are in use?