Allison and I had been thinking about decomposing scenes, art, and geometries into representative colors, textures, and features. Then, during an inspiring walk around the MOMA, I spotted a woodblock print (below) by Sherrie Levine. In her prints Meltdown, she decomposes paintings by Duchamp, Kirchner, Mondrian, and Monet into their constituent colors. Can you guess […]
After a few (far too many) weeks, we finally re-racked the Teaching Ale. It was fairly straightforward. Just as before, we meticulously cleaned and sanitized everything that will touch the young beer. We cleaned the keg and a hose. To siphon the beer, we first moved the carboy to a the counter and the keg […]
Photos from the brew courtesy of Micah Eckhardt This Friday and Saturday the Media Lab hosted its first Festival of Learning and I volunteered to teach beer brewing. I’m hoping to use this post as a repository for some of the content covered and some of the information I skipped over in the handout. This […]
So, I’ve managed to coax my spectrum analyzer to play FM radio! It’s actually fairly straight forward, attach an antenna, with some physics, I found that a 100M monopole is around three meters long. I soldered a piece of 22ish gauge wire to a SMA connector. In the Aux Ctrl menu turn ON demodulation, and […]
This week, with help from Alex Olwal and Julia Ma, I finally managed to scratch a project itch that has been lingering since the spring. The installation uses crowd sourcing to actively build a tangible visualization of attendee demographics. A world map covered by transparent LEGO baseplates stands at a conference, and bowls of transparent […]
Mike and I decided we wanted to brew up a hard cider for the winter. In contrast to most commercial American ciders, we wanted to put together a hard, tart cider. The closest commercial examples we found were British ciders. We found French and Belgian ciders to be nice, but we didn’t really like their […]
Late night can cooler. Cold water, stirrer.
Brewing is an excellent hobby. It develops knowledge of chemistry, thermodynamics and biology and the result is quite delicious. On this page, you’ll find a brief overview of equipment, recipes, and techniques we’ve developed. My friends and I have brewed around a dozen batches, so take the following advice with a small grain of salt. […]
This is an attempt at a Belgian Tripel IPA. There are only a few commercial examples including Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, Urthel Hop-It. We brewed Wednesday Feb 17, 2010. Shooting for around 8.8% ABV, 58 IBUs. Hopville Recipe 6:23 2# Belgian Pale, 2# Belgian Pils in medium grain sock placed in 3 gallons of […]
This started as a Sweetwater IPA clone, but again, got changed around and became more of a Amber IPA. We’ve started using hopville to design the recipes. The methodology goes somewhat like this: find hint of clone recipe (alcohol, color, HBUs), use suggested hop profile, design malts for color and alcohol. Our hopville recipe is […]
Mitch and I had our hearts set on brewing up a SweetWater IPA clone, but Hop City’s homebrew supplies were nearly cleaned out. We still wanted to brew so we threw together a recipe based loosely around Whitey’s Pale Ale. Brewed the day before my birthday (9/20/2009). The actual recipe bears nearly no semblance to […]
After doing four batches we had a few leftover ingredients. From those was born this ale. Brewed July 23, 2009 9:45 PM 8.5 ounces crystal malt 90 lovibond in grain bag placed into 2.5 gallons bottled spring water in the wort pot. Began heating wort to 160-170° F. 10:14 PM Wort at 160° F. Kept […]
This one is in bottles right now! It was loosely based on “Whitey’s Gone Fishin’ Pale Ale” found in The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. Again, we couldn’t help but make some changes. Brewed July 12, 2009 6:45 PM Two gallons of bottled spring water, six pounds golden light Briss malt extract, 0.6 lbs Alexander’s Sun […]
This was our first beer where we constructed the recipe ourselves. It is loosely modeled after an American Ale from the Complete Joy of Homebrewing. We of course made some changes. Brewed May 13, 2009 9:10PM 8oz crystal malt added to 2.5 gallons of water. Water temp brought to 160-170 degrees Fahrenheit. Yeast pouch activated […]
Better than Mark I, still had some off flavors. Suspect this is from pouring the wort over two gallons of commercial ice to cool it.
For our first recipe, we chose a “kit” (like making a cake from a box) from Brewer’s Best – and American Ale. This was a good call. Though it turns out that you can essentially completely make up a recipe, starting with a kit built confidence to develop our own brews. The first batch, brewed […]