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Old 12-20-2011, 02:36 AM   #1
Spooner61
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how much of a difference does making a starter make for the outcome of your beer?

 
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:45 AM   #2
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Depends how much yeast you have.You need a starter if you have an insufficent amount of yeast per gravity. Otherwise you dont need one.More to it than that though.

 
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:47 AM   #3
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The reason I ask is I am trying to decide what to buy a stir starter or a new kettle or a pump

 
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:55 AM   #4
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Can you do a full boil now? If no, get the kettle. Do you brew a lot of high gravity beers? If yes, get a stir plate and at least a 2 litter flask.

Hope that helps.

 
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:57 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cswest
Can you do a full boil now? If no, get the kettle. Do you brew a lot of high gravity beers? If yes, get a stir plate and at least a 2 litter flask.

Hope that helps.
That should be a 2 liter flask.

 
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:02 AM   #6
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I can now do full boils I just have a problem of maintaining temp in my mash tun so that is why I was thinking of a new kettle so I can direct fire my mash to maintain temp

 
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:04 AM   #7
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I agree with cswest, mostly. The pump is last on the priority list.

If you are doing full boils with your current pot, then go with the stir plate.

You'll notice that I said "mostly". We didn't discuss finances at all. You can build a stir plate way cheaper than you can buy a pot. I built mine for less than $10 with parts I had laying around. I only ended up buying some magnets and a potentiometer.

See this thread My Stir Plate . . . cheap and easy build.

I use an 8 cup (2L) pyrex measuring cup that I already had instead of buying a flask.

Of course, you can make a keggle out of a 1/2 bbl keg for about $30 too.

 
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:16 AM   #8
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So now I am going to build a stir plate but I still have a gift certificate to northern brewer to use any suggestions. The gift certificate is for 75 dollars

 
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:21 AM   #9
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get the stir plate. then get a reliable method of temp control. those things are going to make a big difference in your beer.

 
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:37 AM   #10
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what can I do for a reliable method of temp control for my mash. I currently mash in a 5 gallon round Rubbermaid cooler. I also have no method of automation on my system as I am new to this hobby of addiction, and my system is kind of ghetto.

 
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