The Vortex Stir Plate 2.0

SKU: 41180
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A stir plate is the fastest and most efficient way to get the most out of a yeast starter.

By providing a steady trickle of oxygen and constant agitation, a stir plate maximizes the yeast cells' contact with wort, which improves nutrient and sugar uptake, leading to increased and rapid cell reproduction - even more yeast, faster. Our stir plate is an exceptional value! On/off switch, adjustable speed from 0-2000 rpm, 7" diameter and 1/5" tall, and includes a 1" magnetic stir bar. Compatible with our 1000 mL and 2000 mL yeast starter kits.

New and improved! We listened to your feedback and have collaborated with our suppliers to deliver more reliability and better components. Improved, sleek controls mean that you've got even more power at your fingertips to deliver the best fermentation every time.

The Vortex Stir Plate 2.0

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Eh Review by Dan A.
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I bought this stir plate last year. For about the first batch or two it worked great. It was easy to use, didn't throw the stir bar often, and got the job done. After that I noticed weird noises and the stir bar catching in off entered areas of the stir plate. After popping the top off,(do not pop take off the bottom. Everything is attached to it.) I noticed that the magnet was completely off of the fan. The inside looked like a unorganized careless glue job. You could easily tell that there was very little care put into the assembly of the pieces.

If your not afraid to pop it open with a knife and use a good amount of gorilla glue, you should be fine. I will say that this experience has made me regret not buying a cheaper one that will last (Posted on 4/9/15)
Good at first, but very poor lifespan Review by Hatefly
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Good: Looks great, not horribly loud Bad: Delivered with a slightly bent power switch - not a huge issue as it functioned fine still. Very poor lifespan: Mine just burnt out yesterday after only about 20 uses. Mine was used very lightly and never on full speed. Kinda expensive if it's going to burn out so fast. (Posted on 4/1/15)
Good investment Review by Nate
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Just used for first time this weekend and worked like a champ. Agree with previous that hum of stir plate was a little louder than anticipated. Yeast looked much better than previous starters without stir plate. (Posted on 3/15/15)
works great until it breaks Review by Shane
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I currently own 2 of the new style stir plates. They are great products.. one of them the bottom that holds the motor fell off breaking a wire if this was just a random one with a problem great product hope my other one doesn't do this or it will change my mind completely (Posted on 1/25/15)
paid for is self Review by jacob
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The money I have saved by culturing my own yeast has more then paid to this nifty little gizmo . Culture wild yeast or reclaim it from the bottom of a bottle conditioned brew and it looks cool to (Posted on 11/29/14)
Everyone needs one Review by Rob
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If you make a yeast starter you should get this product. It is a great stir plate. The first time I used it I thought it was really loud, but the second time I moved the flask around on the plate while it was spinning till I found a quiet spot. Works great. I run it for about 24 hours on each of my starters and have had no issues through almost a dozen batches. (Posted on 4/29/14)
Well worth the price Review by Tony
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This stir plate is well built for the price. It is far from medical grade, but it is also not going to set you back a grand. I had built a home made stir plate that worked, but was very difficult to dial in. It cost me about $60 to make, I wish I had seen this before I went through the trouble.
If you are asking yourself if you need a stir plate, you do! They cut down lag time tremendously. I've seen air lock activity in under 3 hours. (Posted on 4/15/14)
Great stir plate, a little loud though. Review by Greg
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I've made 4 yeast starters with this stir plate so far. All of them have performed wonderfully. my only complaint is that this thing is loud. For the price, its a great piece of equipment. (Posted on 3/22/14)
Stirs well Review by iafarmre
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I used this for the first two batches right after I received it in the mail. It took a bit to get the speed correct the starter centered, but it kept it moving really well once I dialed it in.

However, on starter number 3, the magnet somehow detached from the spinner inside the stir plate. The magnetic bar does not move, surmising that the magnet broke off of the stirrer inside the plate.

I submitted the issue on NB tech support link and the next business day they shipped a new one out. No questions asked or further clarification, they just put it in the mail and it's on its way. Can't say enough about their customer service. Not sure about the defect in this product, but know that if something happens, NB will make it right. (Posted on 3/21/14)
Stirs like a boss Review by Walker
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It definitely does its job. Used for about 18 hours with a 2L Erlenmeyer (about 1L of liquid turning around in there). The motor is very powerful. I had it around 50% power and it was whirl pooling like a banshee. Like a previous reviewer said, the construction seems a little cheap for the price. I was expecting it to be a little heavier or made out of more durable materials. That said, you will be happy with this stir plate. (Posted on 3/18/14)

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