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8/15/2013 08:00 AM EDT
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rick merritt
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I'll have a pint of wheat beer, please
rick merritt   8/15/2013 6:27:23 PM
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Where's our old pal Loring Wirbel. We need him to weigh in on this topic!

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NI Week
JanineLove   8/16/2013 10:59:43 AM
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Uses LabVIEW? I'd like to see this one on the exhibition floor at the next NI Week.

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JanineLove   8/16/2013 11:00:20 AM
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Too bad we cannot have a taste test. You know, in order to determine the best engineering of the system...

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Caleb Kraft   8/16/2013 11:01:24 AM
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You never know, they may be up for demoing it!

Paul Larson
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Paul Larson   8/16/2013 12:09:11 PM
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Some buddies and myself built an automated home brewing system for our senior design project in college last year, we really learned a lot.  These projects are great, it's always interesting to see different takes on design and control.

If anyone is interested, our project files are here: http://beaversource.oregonstate.edu/projects/44x201116 (be patient, the site is having issues and may take a while to load).  We've also put together a presentation which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFSBAoCipsU. The quality of the video is not that great, but it gives a decent overview of our system.  We plan on building another prototype in the near future.

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selinz   8/16/2013 12:39:23 PM
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Thanks for the links! Got me thinking... The links seem really slow though...

Paul Larson
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Paul Larson   8/16/2013 12:45:08 PM
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Yeah, the server is pretty slow. Eventually I am going to get it transferred to a new server that won't feel like dial up.

cookiejar
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watch for contamination
cookiejar   8/16/2013 2:21:49 PM
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I noticed that several of the rigs used copper and brass fittings.  Since many of the components of beer are quite reactive, I'd be concerned about toxic copper salts forming.  In addition to copper, brass and bronze fittings contain  lead.  The state of California has warnings about lead in brass and bronze even for your bathtub fixtures.  There's also concerns about aluminum and plastics leaching.  Most breweries use stainless steel throughout.

But then again, these toxins may pale compared to the mind numbing and beer belly creating effects that are the major achievements of drinking beer.

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Paul Larson   8/16/2013 2:34:34 PM
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This was something we found out about after we were finished drinking all of our brew.  None of us got sick, but you could see the copper was clearly affected.  

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Sheetal.Pandey   8/17/2013 10:24:25 AM
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Some of my friends brews beer and it comes out really nice. Its something you enjoy doing. One of my friend also makes red grape wine and its so very good. Its a good passtime.

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