Experimental incubator

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This project is about creating an incubator which will be able to oscillate temperatures in a controlled manner. The idea behind is to create as friendly environment for the microbes as possible with the aim on cultures which are composed from many different microorganisms with different temperature optima. The goal is to keep the cultures like kombucha, kefir etc. as biodiverse as possible aiming to improve the vitality of the culture, it's probiotic qualities and also it's taste. The prototype should be based on [http://www.arduino.cc/ arduino] control element, temperature sensor and simple heat source like air heater or aquarium heater. I believe that because of the climate conditions in Ireland, this piece of equipment is essential for success of larger fermentation movement.  
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This project is about creating an incubator which allows for a creation of a controlled environment which is as friendly to the microbial cultures as possible. The first and most important feature will be the ability to oscillate temperatures in a controlled manner. The idea behind is that the cultures which are composed from many different microorganisms with different temperature optima would proliferate at temperature oscillations rather than at one set temperature which will favor just some of them. The goal is to keep the cultures like [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha kombucha], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kefir kefir] etc. as biodiverse as possible aiming to improve the vitality of the culture, it's probiotic qualities and also it's taste. Here are the details for the current [[Prototype proposal]] which is based on [http://www.arduino.cc/ arduino clone] control element, temperature sensor and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermoelectric_effect peltier heating and cooling] source. The device will be build to comply with principles of low energy consumption, easy to repair and upgradeable structures, sturdiness, all in accordance with the concept of environmental friendliness. This project is based on an open source aiming to bring together interested people from various backgrounds collaborating making this tool available to as many brewers and food hackers as possible.
  
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Key Words: experimental incubator; temperature regulation; temperature oscillation; measurement of electricity consumption; upgradeable; environmentally friendly; open source; brewing; fermentations.
  
* Brew Master/kvasir - proposed Frantisek Apfelbeck - I would like to coordinate this activity because this is really on the top of my list quite for a while already
 
  
  
* Project structure and schedule  
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* [[Project structure and schedule]]
  
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* [[Prototype proposal]]
  
short time goals
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* [[LOG EI]]
  
- measure temperature through thermistor sensor connected to the arduino microcontroller
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* [[Communication and collaboration]]
  
- switching on and off a heating element to keep the culture at a constant temperature
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* [[Temporary IE]]
  
 
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* [[History, Archive IE]]
medium term goals
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- oscillate the temperature in a controlled manner, with energy efficiency being crucial part of the project
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- create well insulated unit where the fermenting cultures will be kept
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- make a prototype of a kit which can be easily assembled and used as a central unit for the experimental incubator
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long term goals
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- to develop a robust incubator which is allowing general public to do various types of fermentations on day to day basis in a simple and repetitive way
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- create an experimental incubator which can detect various factors like temperature, pH, level of dissolved oxygen, CO2, turbidity, culture count etc.
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Latest revision as of 19:41, 17 June 2012

This project is about creating an incubator which allows for a creation of a controlled environment which is as friendly to the microbial cultures as possible. The first and most important feature will be the ability to oscillate temperatures in a controlled manner. The idea behind is that the cultures which are composed from many different microorganisms with different temperature optima would proliferate at temperature oscillations rather than at one set temperature which will favor just some of them. The goal is to keep the cultures like kombucha, kefir etc. as biodiverse as possible aiming to improve the vitality of the culture, it's probiotic qualities and also it's taste. Here are the details for the current Prototype proposal which is based on arduino clone control element, temperature sensor and peltier heating and cooling source. The device will be build to comply with principles of low energy consumption, easy to repair and upgradeable structures, sturdiness, all in accordance with the concept of environmental friendliness. This project is based on an open source aiming to bring together interested people from various backgrounds collaborating making this tool available to as many brewers and food hackers as possible.

Key Words: experimental incubator; temperature regulation; temperature oscillation; measurement of electricity consumption; upgradeable; environmentally friendly; open source; brewing; fermentations.


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