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Old 07-09-2010, 06:58 AM   #1
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Out of appreciation for Dan at stirstarters.com, I wanted to share this story with everybody.

A few months back, I was getting ready to brew my very first lager and I was preparing a 2 liter starter, which is the largest starter I have made so far. I was heartbroken to find out that my DIY stir plate could not get a vortex going with that much liquid, and would throw the stir bar every time. Panicked, I went online to look for a new stir plate.

I came across stirstarters.com, and watched the demonstration video below. For only $42 + shipping, I felt it was a good deal, considering my LHBS sold stir plates for $110 (!). I actually called the owner, Dan Jeska, on the phone (he supplies his phone number on the front page). I told him I would like to buy a stir plate and have it overnighted to me so that I could make my starter the next morning. He gladly obliged, and within 15 minutes, I had a paypal invoice. I received the stir plate the next day and it worked great.

Just today, I emailed Dan asking if I could buy a replacement plastic lid for the top of the stir plate, since I carelessly cracked mine a few weeks back while moving. He emailed me back saying that he would mail out a replacement tomorrow, free of charge. All he asked was for me to share this experience with others.

For anyone looking for a stir plate, I couldn't recommend this stir plate enough. Great product, and amazing customer service. I wish every seller was like him.

[youtube]uHPTaSoU3iQ[/youtube]

 
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:33 PM   #2
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Agreed, I have one myself. The price is great and with lifetime warranty you can't go wrong.

 
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:06 AM   #3
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I will be ordering from him very soon. Thanks for the heads up!

 
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:10 AM   #4
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Yup, it's simple but does exactly what it needs to do with no futzing around.

Here's the video I think you meant to post:

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Old 02-28-2011, 01:18 AM   #5
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I bought one a few weeks ago and am very happy with it. Gets the job done and is very quiet.

 
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:36 AM   #6
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+1. Great product and customer service!

 
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:44 AM   #7
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I have been using one of his for over a year now. I have even used it with a 5L flask and it works great.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:47 AM   #8
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Quote:
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Yup, it's simple but does exactly what it needs to do with no futzing around.

Here's the video I think you meant to post:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHPTaSoU3iQ
I thought these things were supposed to run quietly. I could put up with that racket for maybe 30 seconds at most. I wonder why such a puny little stir bar is used. I've found that the larger (2") stir bars running at a much lower rpm (200-300) work better and more quietly.

 
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:01 AM   #9
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I thought these things were supposed to run quietly. I could put up with that racket for maybe 30 seconds at most. I wonder why such a puny little stir bar is used. I've found that the larger (2") stir bars running at a much lower rpm (200-300) work better and more quietly.
You must live in an hermetically sealed home if you think that this stir plate is noisy (though I do have 4 dogs including a black lab puppy and a teenager (the third teen experience)

I have thought about trying a larger stir bar because at times when the starter gets thick it tends to throw the bar. The majority of the time the stir plate works just fine with the smaller bar.

 
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:04 AM   #10
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I forgot to give a shout out to Dan at Stirstarters who is great to deal with and who stands behind his product.

 
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