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Tom Murphy   7/30/2013 4:48:46 PM
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You're right: all this talk about beer is off base. So it doesn't surprise me at all, Caleb, that there are people building chips in their homes. I just hope they whip up some dip to go with them.  (Oh, that was bad. But hey, this is a story about beer so maybe we're on topic).

Seriously, I'm not surprised folks are making electronic chips either. Some people are just like that.  (I'd ask you for more info, but I get the feeling you're going to blog about this.)

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Caleb Kraft   7/30/2013 4:38:02 PM
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I think we're meandering waaaay of topic here. I could go on and on and on about brewing and stuff. 

Somewhat related to my initial statement though, did you know there are still folks out there building processors in their homes? They aren't wafers or anything, but they are functional!

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Tom Murphy   7/30/2013 3:54:42 PM
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Ah! Good!  Now I won't have nightmares about you being blown apart by beer. But it was the bottles that blew on us. Not just the corks, either. There was shattered glass and soggy, yeasty, near-beer everywhere. 

This sounds like one of those stories that begins....When I was in school, we didn't have no fancy-schmancy brew pubs, by golly. We had to brew our own... (Just wait till we have a story relevant to medical marijuana.)

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Re: Too many to count
Caleb Kraft   7/30/2013 3:45:29 PM
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50 gallons TOTAL! man, 50 gallons at once in your home would be impressive. I brew in 5 gallon batches, and there's no pressure till it is bottled. Still, I've been very lucky. 

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Tom Murphy   7/30/2013 3:42:58 PM
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Oh, Caleb, we had no janitorial staff other than us. This was in one of those old redwood homes around the campus.  And 50 gallons? Yee gads, man, I hope that never blows!. That would be a nuke compared to the firecracker that we set off.

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Caleb Kraft   7/30/2013 3:10:43 PM
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I'm sure the janitorial staff were thrilled about your brewing activities. 

 

I've been lucky, no major explosions yet and I've brewed probably 50+ gallons. 

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Tom Murphy   7/30/2013 2:52:21 PM
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I haven't tried any home brew projects since 1975 in my Berkeley days.  It ended when the bottles, which had been stowed in a crawlspace under a staircase, all exploded one night, flooding the area with yeasty suds and creating the pungent odor of stale beer that lingered for a long, long time.  After that, I settled for Anchor Steam -- one of the fine old SF brews -- when I could afford something more expensive than the bargain brands.

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rick merritt   7/30/2013 11:25:53 AM
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@Caleb: I'd love to try a bottle of your home brew sometime, Caleb.

FYI our former comms editor Loring Wirbel was a brewer, too. One of his faves was "Goat Scrotum" I forget if it was a stout or what.

Anyway, you may have to wait quite a while until today's 3-D printers are ready for fabricating chips. However, we have written for years about people printing simple circuits with laser printers as a research project.

Cheers

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rick merritt   7/30/2013 11:23:36 AM
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@zhgreader: Thanks for the clarification. Like Bombay = Mumbai.

So when is the free factory tour to come over and taste the local version? ;-)

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Caleb Kraft   7/30/2013 10:54:44 AM
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Being a home brewer and hop fan myself, portland sounds fantastic!

However, I might just be too cool to do the same thing as everyone else. Maybe I need to consider a less trendy hobby. How about chip fabrication at home?

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