I've probably done a dozen batches in cornies. Use some fermcap, remove the gas post and slip some tubing over the threaded post and attach an air lock, you'll be fine. Do it once or twice and see how it works for you.
The down side for me was cleaning the keg when done. Getting all that trub...
My guess is that a small electric burner or hot plate won''t be any better than the stove. I've done extract partial boils (2.5 gal) on our glass cooktop with no trouble. So you might want to try the stove with a small batch first.
I had similar problems and gave up on speed control altogether. Instead I
take a cloth table napkin or dish towel. Fold it in 1/2 and place it on top of the stirplate. Set the flask on top of the towel. If the magnet still gets thrown fold the cloth in 1/2 again. With a little practice &...
I work from the position that
1) it's always better to over pitch than under pitch
2) if you can brew a beer you can make a starter
3) it takes little in the way of equipment to do starter and
(even a stir plate is a relatively simple build compared to some of the stuff that home brewers come...
Here's what you do:
1. get your self a clean 2 liter bottle sanitize it with starsan.
2. boil 1500 mil of water
3. Add 150 grams of Dme
4. Boil 15 min
5. Chill to 68 f
6. CAREFULLY pour wort into sanitzed bottle
(use sanitized funnel)
7. Do the same with yeast
8. Cover bottle with...
My daughter is 8 1/2. She earns her TV time by practicing her math & she earns her allowance by doing chores. She's not much for computers but I will definitely use this when she starts with facebook. Lucky for me we only have one, I don't see her unionizing...