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Old 01-22-2012, 10:47 PM   #981
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I got my stir plate going and WOW! I have never had a such and active ferment in all my brewing history!! I love it!!!!!!!!!


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Old 01-23-2012, 05:07 AM   #982
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That's a serious vortex


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Old 01-23-2012, 06:05 AM   #983
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It is overkill but fun to do
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:58 PM   #984
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I finally solved my issues of the fan not spinning when I flipped the switch. The magnet was messing with the fans own magnets/brushes. A small pvc pipe then the hd magnet solved the issue.

I was so glad I finally fixed it that I made a second stir plate for the brew club I'm in.

The second one (cigar box) went together much quicker and is generally a cleaner install.

I might even try to build a 3rd one that will work with a 2" stir bar. Both of the stir plates I made only work with the 1" stir bar.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:48 AM   #985
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
I like the rubber feet you put on the bottom of the cigar box, as well as the clear vinyl bumps for the flask to rest on.

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I finally found a box big enough to comfortably support my BIG-BEER starter flask. The cigar box is made of very thick wood, in excess of 1/2" and it does not look like the switch's lock nut will even thread if all I do is drill a hole in the wall of the box... Hmm...
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:41 AM   #986
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After seeing the water damage on the top of my first box I figured those plastic doohickeys would do the job.

The feet were right next to the clear plastic things in the store so I installed those on a whim.
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:24 AM   #987
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Well, I went with functional and easy. Sort of.
I used the CNC router and tooling board at work to help me in this endeavor.
I had some extra 1/16" X 3/8" rare earth magnets laying around as well.
I milled out the bottom to make a perfect fit of the inner fan.
Then I used a 3/8 endmill to cut the seat for the 3/8" magnets.
Super glued the magnet housing on, then the magnets to the housing.
I machined a piece of polycarbonate to make the stirplate base.
2" flathead machine screws, nuts and lock nuts hold the whole thing together.
I fashioned a 1/16" think aluminum plate to mountthe potentiometer.
I used an inline lamp switch for a power switch.
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:26 AM   #988
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All together!
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:36 AM   #989
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First of all that is one solid build! I a, inspired. I am trying to figure out why you have a hole on your top plate? Or am I seeing this wrong? You are probably gonna get some request for more of the magnet holder you made it is genius.
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Oh and where did you get that sweet stainless steel base?


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