Introduction to the Project of Experimental Incubator

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. This blog is online LOG BOOK of the project for more info please see our wiki pages here. One of the major features is going to 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 these temperatures whoever they would have to oscillate. This is quite contrary approach compared to the currently used set temperature model which will in this case favour just some microbes which are close to this 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 prototype is based on arduino microcontroller 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 interesting people from various backgrounds collaborating, making this tool available to as many brewers and food hackers as possible. We hope to take it all the way to the commercially viable device.


~ by algoldor on 06/06/2012.

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