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 prefer temperature oscillations rather than one set temperature. 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. The details for the [[Prototype proposal]] are her and will be based on [http://www.arduino.cc/ arduino clone] control element, temperature sensor and  simple heat source. The device will be build to comply with principles of low energy consumption, easy to repair and upgradeable structures, sturdiness in accordance with concept of environmentally friendliness. This project is based on an open source aiming to bring this tool to as many brewers and fermenters being as  affordable 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.
  
  
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Revision as of 20:44, 19 May 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 prefer temperature oscillations rather than one set temperature. 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 details for the Prototype proposal are her and will be based on arduino clone control element, temperature sensor and simple heat source. The device will be build to comply with principles of low energy consumption, easy to repair and upgradeable structures, sturdiness in accordance with concept of environmentally friendliness. This project is based on an open source aiming to bring this tool to as many brewers and fermenters being as affordable 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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