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Stir Plate

After preparing a starter last night, I found that the cheap stir plate I bought from Brewer’s Hardware in March 2012 won’t power on. Looks like I’m back to shaking every now and then, and changing my brewing plans for today.

I’m not interested in building my own. Thinking about getting this one to replace it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002OS … d_i=507846

Anyone have experience with it or one they think is better for the money (DIY excluded)?

This one also looks pretty good and I can buy it at my LHBS, albeit at a higher price.

http://www.towercooler.com/index.php?op ... &Itemid=77

Is it power cord hard wired or do you plug it into the unit? Maybe it’s just the power cord.

The power cord detaches. Checked it last night with a different AC adapter and no go. BUT just a bit ago I tested the outlet (although nothing else you would expect to be on that circuit was malfunctioning). Turns out the circuit breaker had been tripped. :oops: I have no idea what could have caused that. Odd.

Stir plate is whirring away now. Better late than never.

Glad it is working.

I got one of these www.stirstarters.com

I’ve had it for about a month and used it several times. Works great.
I recommend it if your plate or someone else’s gives up the ghost!

[quote=“ObsidianJester”]Glad it is working.

I got one of these http://www.stirstarters.com

I’ve had it for about a month and used it several times. Works great.
I recommend it if your plate or someone else’s gives up the ghost![/quote]

That’s a good price. I noticed he has a lifetime warranty.

[quote=“mrv”][quote=“ObsidianJester”]Glad it is working.

I got one of these http://www.stirstarters.com

I’ve had it for about a month and used it several times. Works great.
I recommend it if your plate or someone else’s gives up the ghost![/quote]

That’s a good price. I noticed he has a lifetime warranty.[/quote]

I got one a few months ago and love it.

I have one as well. Works as advertised and I love that he puts the build-it-yourself instructions on the website.

I did a DIY using the Stir Starter circuit diagram. I’m a fan of his use of the variable voltage regulator; it makes a lot of sense. I’m not a fan of his pics where everything is just soldered together in a blob instead of some sort of board; and I would like to see a power switch and a light. (added both to mine) I suspect with the pre-built you turn it on or off by plugging/unplugging; which I guess is fine. The other posters say they’re happy with theirs. Mine is very quiet in operation, which is something you might not expect with a fan-based design.

  • good electrical design
  • assembly could be better
  • can’t beat the price

If you want to trick-out the thing with a DIY mod after you buy it. I glued a simple ferrite magnet inside the box near the corner, but away from the fan. I have a leftover rare-earth that I leave attached on the outside of the box. (Where the ferrite I glued inside holds it there.) When I’m done stirring, the leftover rare earth can get plucked-off the box and stuck to the side of my flask where it and the stirbar hold each other in place so I can decant without losing the stirbar. I suppose gluing some metal to the box would work to hold the stirbar retrieving magnet as well; and it could be on the outside, I just had the magnet I used lying around.

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