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Hands On: 24″ Stainless Steel Whisk – Extract, All Grain and Whirlpooling

Toward the beginning of 2013, HBF Reader [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] Kirk encouraged me to look around for a suitable whisk for stirring up the mash.  This was a new idea for me.

Others chimed in that this works well as a mash paddle or spoon replacement, making quick work of breaking up dough balls.  I found this 24″ stainless whisk and decided to pick one up myself.

It’s a full 24″ long

I use a 10 gallon Igloo Cooler for my mash tun.  As you can see this is plenty long enough to get to the bottom.

This is a nice sturdy whisk.  I came up with about 2.2 mm for the wire thickness.

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This works great for stirring up the mash.  I’m using it here to stir up the mash for a BIAB brew session of More Beer’s Pliny the Elder Kit [See: Brewing Pliny the Elder].

This whisk also works great for stirring in DME and LME.  In this picture, I’m brewing a Zythos IPA Extract Kit.  After incorporating the LME in this recipe, like a super hero, with this whisk.  I poured in the DME and Maltodextrin called for and let it sit there for a little bit.  This, of course caused a substantial clump to form.

 After a little bit of whisking

After a little more whisking.  This whisk makes easy work of stirring in extract.  It also feels like it’s doing a better job of thoroughly mixing extract versus a spoon.

It’s hard to catch it in a picture but this thing makes it easy to get a kettle whirlpool going.  I’ve always had a hard time getting any sort of a whirlpool going with a spoon or mash paddle.  The whisk is circular, so it’s always working with you in the task of starting a whirlpool.  This just makes it downright easy.

This works amazingly well in the mash tun, to stir in extract and to get a whirlpool going.  It can generally be had for a very reasonable price.  Because of the affordability and it’s effectiveness, I think that every full batch (5 gal+) homebrewer should consider picking one up.  This is a solid member of our Top Finds list and would be added to the Super Top Finds list if that list existed… :).  As of this update in August of 2015 this continues to work well and be one of my go-to pieces of equipment.

Some of the Reader Feedback We’ve Received…

Scott: I used this for the first time yesterday with 11.5 pounds of grain and it worked like a champ! No dough balls at all – mixes the grain so quickly!

Facebook Friend Kirk: I used mine yesterday. I have dubbed it the Dough Ball Decimator!

Ricky: I got one of these the last time it was posted. They work great. You stir your mash differently. You can’t really muscle your mash the same way. It works better despite this. It’s much easier to break clumps up. A little two handed whisking gets everything is evenly mixed.

Facebook Friend Andrew : I have used one for my last 2 yeast starters to mix the DME before boiling… Amazing.

Jared: After following your site for quite some time now, and purchasing many items because you let me know about them, I just received the 24″ whisk. I can’t believe how awesome this thing is just by pulling it out of the shipping package! I am so excited about this I might just have to brew this weekend even though I don’t really have the time. Not only would this piece be awesome for the mash, but dissolving LME and DME and keep it off of the bottom. What a great piece of equipment and thanks for sharing it!

Aaron: I have this exact same French Whip and love it, works way better than the old mash paddle I used before. It really cuts through the grain and helps ensure no dough balls etc. Definitely recommend this above any other stirring tools I’ve used!

Facebook Friend Wayne: I discovered using one of these about 3 years ago. Don’t know how I ever got along without it. Never have a problem with doughballs. Just make sure you get one that is stiff enough.

Update International FW-24 Stainless Steel French Whip, 24-Inch

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STC-1000 Dual Stage Digital Temp Controller + Wiring Resources

Facebook Friend Brian has provided some of the details behind his STC-1000 project build, including a parts list, pictures and the video he used for reference.  Thanks Brian!

First, the controller…

Elitech 110V All-Purpose Temperature Controller + Sensor 2 Relay Output Thermostat Stc-1000

Additional Parts:

  • Radio Shack Project Box
  • Radio Shack two green LED’s 120v
  • Radio Shack two red LED’s 120v
  • Radio Shack 20-pack of various grommets
  • Lowes Decorator Faceplate
  • 2 Lowe’s Decorator black outlet
  • Wiring Nuts
  • Power Supply Cord from Lowes

Here’s a video that Brian suggested:

Some Pictures of the Completed Build:

The STC-1000 is an amazing value and offers a lot of flexibility.

Also… HBF Reader Zot has detailed his STC-1000 build… here.

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Update: 7 cubic foot GE freezer – $153 Shipped!

Update: This is actually $153 including shipping.  That makes this an amazing deal!

Thanks to HBF Reader Lucas for the tip on this.  Lucas adds the tip to use promo code BFHD2012 to get an additional $5 off.  Lucas notes that this is a very popular freezer for converting to a keezer.

This would make a nice kegerator or a fermentation chamber.

HBF Readers are saying that this will hold 4 ball locks on the floor and, with a collar, it will hold one on the compressor hump.

GE 7.0 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White – $158 Shipped!

Use promo code BFHD2012 to get an additional $5 off

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Reader Tip: 7 Cubic ft GE Freezer – $153 Shipped!

Update: This is actually $153 including shipping.  That makes this an amazing deal!

Thanks to HBF Reader Lucas for the tip on this.  Lucas adds the tip to use promo code BFHD2012 to get an additional $5 off.  Lucas notes that this is a very popular freezer for converting to a keezer.

This would make a nice kegerator or a fermentation chamber.

HBF Readers are saying that this will hold 4 ball locks on the floor and, with a collar, it will hold one on the compressor hump.

GE 7.0 cu. ft. Chest Freezer in White – $158 Shipped!

Use promo code BFHD2012 to get an additional $5 off

1___ball_lock_keg_system_with_picnic_front_aihPictured: Ball Lock Kegging System from AIH

Tips and Gear for Your Kegerator.  A collection of tips, how-tos, reviews and gear to help you put together a kegerator to serve your homebrew.

How To’s and Tips:

Kegs, Kegging Systems and Keg Repair Parts:

Faucets, Tap Handles and Drip Trays:

CO2 Regulators, Manifolds and Gear:

Temperature Control:

Gas and CO2 Tubing, Fittings, QDs and Clamps:

Growlers, Filling Growlers and Portable Serving:

Cleaning:

Miscellaneous:

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