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Aim of the project
  
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This project is based on an open source platform aiming to bring this "fermentation equipment" to as many brewers and fermenters being as affordable as possible helping in proliferation of the movement making the fermentations more reliable and fun.
  
- measure temperature through temperature probe (sensor connected to the arduino micro controller) connected to arduino based on proper sketch and data being saved at arduino.
 
  
- switching on and off a heating element to keep the culture at a constant temperature
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* short term goals 1-3 months, prototype (started 20/5/2012 - end of August 2012)
  
  
* Prototype design
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- measure temperature through temperature probe (thermistor sensor) connected to the arduino microcontroller based on proper sketch (program) with data being saved at arduino.
  
- electronic core: composed from arduino micro controller connected to heat sensors DS18B20 I2C (3x). The prototype was build up by Ciaran for another project and will be slightly adjusted. We will build up a copy as soon as possible. The functional temperature measuring prototype should be ready by Thursday 16/6/2011
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- switching on and off the heating and cooling element (peltier device) to keep the culture on a desired temperature, with focus on a basic controlled temperature oscillation
  
- chamber: open plastic container at least of a = 60cm; b = 35cm; c = 25cm (fitting two 19 l fermentation vessels), should be ready for Thursday 16/6/2011 
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- the prototype will be finished by the end of June and put it to use, testing at the investors facilities (Susubori Academy)
  
- heating element: 250 w aquarium heater will be used with it's own thermostat, the medium to dissipate the heat will be water
 
  
- code and data collection: code will be again used from Ciaran former project and data will be collected and stored first at arduino and later on transferred and posted on line, should be ready for Thursday 16/6/2011
 
  
  
* medium term goals
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* medium term goals 3-6 months (September till November/December 2012)
  
- oscillate the temperature in a controlled manner, with energy efficiency being crucial part of the project
 
  
- create well insulated unit where the fermenting cultures will be kept
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- to further develop the system of temperature oscillation in a controlled manner, with energy efficiency being crucial part of the project
  
- 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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- designing and building prototype number two
  
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- introducing the humidity monitoring and control it
  
* long term goals
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- make a prototype of a kit which can be easily assembled and used as a central heating/cooling and temperature measurement unit for the experimental incubator
  
- 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
 
  
- 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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* long term goals (6-24 months January 2013 - January 2014)
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- to finish up the development of a robust incubator which is allowing general public to do various types of fermentations on day to day basis in a simple and reliable manner
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- finding a producer which will commercialize the project producing the incubator based on open source licences
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- further develop the concept so the experimental incubator will detect and controll various additional factors as humidity, pH, level of dissolved oxygen, CO2, etc.  
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* Links and resources
 
* Links and resources

Latest revision as of 19:40, 17 June 2012

Aim of the project

This project is based on an open source platform aiming to bring this "fermentation equipment" to as many brewers and fermenters being as affordable as possible helping in proliferation of the movement making the fermentations more reliable and fun.


  • short term goals 1-3 months, prototype (started 20/5/2012 - end of August 2012)


- measure temperature through temperature probe (thermistor sensor) connected to the arduino microcontroller based on proper sketch (program) with data being saved at arduino.

- switching on and off the heating and cooling element (peltier device) to keep the culture on a desired temperature, with focus on a basic controlled temperature oscillation

- the prototype will be finished by the end of June and put it to use, testing at the investors facilities (Susubori Academy)



  • medium term goals 3-6 months (September till November/December 2012)


- to further develop the system of temperature oscillation in a controlled manner, with energy efficiency being crucial part of the project

- designing and building prototype number two

- introducing the humidity monitoring and control it

- make a prototype of a kit which can be easily assembled and used as a central heating/cooling and temperature measurement unit for the experimental incubator


  • long term goals (6-24 months January 2013 - January 2014)


- to finish up the development of a robust incubator which is allowing general public to do various types of fermentations on day to day basis in a simple and reliable manner

- finding a producer which will commercialize the project producing the incubator based on open source licences

- further develop the concept so the experimental incubator will detect and controll various additional factors as humidity, pH, level of dissolved oxygen, CO2, etc.


  • Links and resources
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