Building a Stir Plate

Since we are graduating to 10 Gallon All Grain batches, we need to create yeast starters.  Otherwise the cost of yeast is crazy.  By creating a starter, we only need to purchase one package of yeast for most brews, instead of 2 or more.  To create a starter most efficiently, you need a stir plate.  This will stir the yeast, oxygenating it and propagating yeast growth.  A constant stir also knocks the carbon dioxide out of suspension.  Carbon dioxide is a by-product of yeast growth and also inhibits yeast growth.
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Temperature Controller for Fermentation

Today, I will be detailing the temperature controller for the planned fermentation chamber.  I had read a lot about the STC-1000 controller and see it on eBay for around $20.  I started to research the module and found that is came from China and reported the temperature in Celsius.  Living in America, this was an inconvenience, but not insurmountable.  Then I happened across Continue reading “Temperature Controller for Fermentation”