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.