Five people met Monday early evening 7/7 at SuDo Room. We agreed to meet
weekly, Monday evenings, 5pm @ SuDo Room, 4799 Shattuck (OMNI Space),
Temescal District, North Oakland, SW Corner of 48th & Shattuck. For those
not yet aware, this is now where SuDo Room and other collectives are
collaborating. SuDo is in a much bigger room.
We agreed to work on fermentation projects. For now we are using the Sudo
Lists Biohackers mailman email list service. Meeting notes follow....
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Subject: open source fermentation
From: "Alex Alekseyenko" <alex.alekseyenko(a)gmail.com>
Date: Mon, July 7, 2014 9:39 pm
"Rikke Rasmussen" <rikke.c.rasmussen(a)gmail.com>
stan(a)ana.com, "Francesco Capodieci" <fgcapo(a)gmail.com>
Our first goal is to set up a 5 gallon bucket and produce a delicious
beverage, monitoring the temperature the whole time
We can split this project into two parts:
Frank and I will handle the electronics and software (i.e. collecting,
storing, transmitting the data)
What do we need to get the physical setup going? I suspect between us we
probably have all the resources we need
Awesome, Frank, thank you so much for the cross-pollination effort, and my
sincerest apologies for not being there in person to support said effort!
Speaking of cross-pollination, I went to the Counter Culture Labs meeting
last week - they are still very focused on building out their space and
attracting new members/projects to fill it, so they were very eager to
accommodate the Fermentation Station. That said, they do also have rent to
cover, so I made the agreement on our collective behalf that we would pony
up the cash for 2 reduced-rate memberships ($25, I believe...possibly only
$20, my notes are unclear) in return for a dedicated portion of the outer
space for our set-up.
As for SF Biohackers, Matt Harbowy (founding member and primary financial
baclker for CCL) also proposed that we could trek out to the Sunset to
check out his home lab - it could probably fit 10-12 folks in a meeting
situation, maybe 6-8 working in clusters...I've only seen it once about 6
months ago, so my memory is a little fuzzy, but it sounds like a sweet
setup, and may be worth checking out?
Last, but not least - I think we have the clear makings of 3 separate
sub-projects/groups that all tie together, focusing on 1) the gastronomical
aspects of kombucha/vinegar/beer/yogurt/kefir/etc. production (that would
looking at the correlations between environmental conditions and
chemical/flavor profiles), 2) the molecular aspects of same (such as
species identification and characterization, manipulating species
composition, looking at cellulose production, and engineering individual
species for specific chemical/nutritional/etc. profiles, and 3) the
technical development of bioreactors/cultivators for all of these awesome
Anyhow. Sorry for being a total flake this week, will endeavor to do better
next week. See you on Monday!
On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:44 PM, Francesco Capodieci <fgcapo(a)gmail.com>
> I met with a couple of people from the following group who are interested
> coming to our meeting next Monday:
> They are interested not only in bioreactors but in genetically modifying
> kombucha yeast. We agreed to put ideas and research into a wiki. Stan, is
> Sudo Room's wiki a good place for this?
> I will have some progress on the (sensor -> arduino -> raspi -> web
> browser) setup to show next week.
Were notes taken last Monday?
Are there plans to email the notes or post them to the SuDo Wiki?
Are we going to switch to using the mailman list
My understanding is two small batches of kombucha were started. We also
moved i table and various tools for fermentation projects into the project
room that now has a sign on its door. We were not able to start a 5
gallon batch due to the lack of appropriate tools.
10 days ago I requested an account on the SoDo Wiki. My request has yet
to be approved so I am holding off on making updates to this wiki. The
mailing list sudo-discuss is quite active, so I will use it to post my
concerns, questions, etc.