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Old 01-10-2010, 07:12 PM   #1
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I have a DIY stir plate that I made. It works great with my 2 liter erlenmeyer flask. It has a lot of trouble with larger starters in my 5 liter flask. I am interested in getting a commercially made stir plate for larger starters.

I was looking at this stirplate that Northern Brewer sells:

http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...tir-plate.html

Does anyone own this stir plate and have you used it with a 5 liter erlenmeyer flask?

Does anyone have any other suggestions for a resonably priced commerically made stir plate?

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Old 01-10-2010, 09:22 PM   #2
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stirstarter.com is the way you want to go


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Old 01-10-2010, 09:29 PM   #3
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You should contact Derrin here. http://www.stirplates.com/
I have several of his products, they are all top notch and his customer service can't be beat. He is a member here and you will get nothing but rave reviews for him and his products.
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Thanks for the responses. The stirplates from those two sources look very similar to what I have now. I built mine with a small fan with magnets, voltage controller, etc. I am looking for a more commerical/professional type stirplate. Other suggestions?
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Sorry, as soon as I saw the prices for commercial ones, I lost interest in them. I can brew a lot of beer for the extra $125. You can watch ebay, I have heard of a few people getting a decent deal there on used ones.
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http://www.stirstarters.com/ thats the one. really awesome quality
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http://www.stirstarters.com/ thats the one. really awesome quality
Agree. With great customer service as well. Just got mine, and it works great!
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Look at EBay. You can find commercial stir plates there for a steal as either surplus or someone clearing out a lab. I got mine for $15.
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I bet if you played around with different stir bars or perhaps voltages of your home made stir plate you could save yourself $100. I made my own and it has no problem with a 5L starter although I do switch power sources for 2L and 5L starters.
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I have played around with different voltages and stir bar sizes. I also added a voltage control circuit to my stirplate in addition to the usual potentiometer control. This allows me to dial in the voltage and speed really well. I still have a lot of trouble with my 5 liter flask. I am sick of messing around with all of these variables and want a new, strong, and reliable stirplate that I do not have to worry about working. I am willing to pay for a nice one that isn't ridiculously expensive.

Does anyone own the stirplate that Northern Brewer sells? I think it is made by Fisatom.


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