|Assembled Monster Mill|
|Oxygen tank with aeration stone|
|Stir plate in action with 2000 ml Erlenmeyer flask|
3. Stir Plate for Yeast Starters - I was given a stir plate recently and I just purchased a couple 2000 ml Erlenmeyer flasks (see picture right). The stir plate keeps the yeast in constant suspension in the wort, allowing for fast growth of the yeast cells. I just need to hit it with some O2 then turn the stir plate on and let the yeast grow. This will allow me to grow a large enough yeast population to pitch the correct amount of yeast into the wort. I've essentially been underpitching yeast from a vile or dry packet. Yes, the beer will ferment and turn out fine, it just may create some off-flavors due to poor yeast health since the yeast will get stressed trying to ferment so much wort with a small cell population of yeast. Between oxygenating at proper levels and creating yeast starters to grow sufficient yeast to pitch, I should see significant improvements in my beer.
|Inside view of Monster Mill|
|The three roller mill - yes there really are three|
rollers there, I just didn't take a photo from the side.