Stir plates rock!!

I got a stir plate last week!! I was mentioning to my friend Stiffler (his mom is hot) that I was going to try to build one. But he beat me to the punch by giving me one that he had hanging around. It’s a vintage Thermolyne SL-7225, and it even has an Ontario Hydro inspection sticker on the front, for my peace of mind. Took me a few days to get it going, as I had to go out and find some magnetic stir bars, but it’s spinning as we speak. I was drinking a bottle of Unibroue’s La  Fin du Monde (a Belgian tripel) and decided to try culturing the yeast from the bottom of the bottle. I boiled up some yeast starter solution (1/3 cup dried malt extract in ~500 ml water, then cooled to 25°C) and dumped the dregs of the bottle in. I put it on the stir plate and turned it up to 4 on the front speed knob. It took about two days to see any signs of fermentation, starting with such a small amount of yeast. But after it got going, it produced a big thick yeast layer. So I decided to step it up from a 1 litre starter to a 2 litre. That one is still fermenting, but it should be huge. 

stir plate in action












I also racked my wheat beer from primary to secondary today and cleaned out one of my empty kegs in order to make room for the dubbel. That should be kegged tonight and hopefully carbonated by next weekend.

About Mike

I'm the head brewmaster at Shepody Brewery. I'm the one who chooses the recipes, orders supplies, does all the grunt work, and drinks most of the product.
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