I ran across something on Homebrew Talk that someone built a stir plate from scratch. Check it out here.
Homebrew talk stir plate
It was fun going into Radio Shack and getting the parts for building the stir plate. I like working with my hands.
I don’t remember where I got the beaker but I lost my first stir bar, luckily it’s easy to get more
Here are some recommended reading for any homebrewer.
Great book for beginners
I started with the 3rd edition of this book. Answered a lot of brewing questions for me when I started brewing.
If you want help matching beer with food this is a great book!
This book helped nail some commercial beers
Very good general brewing book
While not a beer book, it’s an interesting read and learning how to be a McGyver at making alcohol
Also a great style book, but then again I really like Scottish beer
For the IPA lover!
Water is the most important aspect in beer.
Different Yeast make the same beer taste completely different. For example if you take a batch and split it in half, then ferment with two different yeast. Both halves will taste different.
Different Malts make different beers.
For the dark beer lover.
I find having my homebrew with the right dish makes all the difference.
Check out some of these other beer brewing books I found online!
The Beer Brewing book
The Ultimate Home Brewers Recipe Book, 641 Home Brew Recipes
Home Beer Brewing Secrets