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The Bright Buggy, an Arduino-based toy

A few weeks ago, I came up with an idea for a new Arduino project. The concept is and execution should be pretty simple: Hook up an accelerometer with some LEDs using an Arduino board. Stick this little gadget in a toy car and use the accelerometer to measure the speed that the car is traveling. Based on the speed, the LEDs will light up different colors along a gradient…

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Two new brews and another cheese

My roommate has been in Africa for the past few weeks, so I took the opportunity to blow up the kitchen several times while she was gone.

First, a saison/farmhouse-style beer that didn’t go exactly as planned (low mash efficiency) but tastes delicious anyway.

Second, a remake of the delicious ginger-spiced pale ale

Two-Brew American Coffee Mild

I woke up this morning, rather late after a long night in the lab, and decided I wanted to make a beer today. As I sat in front of my computer, drinking some coffee and contemplating all of the delicious possibilities, I thought, “Ah! Coffee… Something I haven’t used in a beer for a long while. How could I incorporate coffee or coffee flavors into a beer, but do something…

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In honor of our friends: Paul & Natalie’s Wedlock Wheat

My friend and assistant brewmaster Nate and I put together a beer to be drunk during the week before the Gebheim-Thiel wedding this August. Paul simply requested something refreshing and relatively low in alcohol for the summer. So, in honor of the Gebheim name, we used a combination of American and German ingredients to make a clean, crisp wheat beer featuring sweet honey, spicy rye, and earthy, herbal, and minty…

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Cheese #2: Monterey Jack-style

After my previous cheesemaking attempt with Paul, which was successful for a first try but pretty obviously not quite right, I decided to make another last weekend. Since I was using pasteurized milk, this time I used CaCl2, which helped the the milk gel better and gave a clean break. I made a small batch to test things out and it turned out nicely. Here’s the recipe I…

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Interactive Birthday Gift, Part the Fourth

Arduino-powered electronic birthday card
Here it is! I finally got a chance to put it together. Check out the post for a video and more details.

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A First Attempt at Cheesemaking

I’ve been making cheese for a few months now, but just soft cheese like ricotta and cottage cheese. I wanted to try making a hard cheese, something that I could age for a while. Making a hard cheese requires pressing it — which you can rig up with supplies from around the house. But since I think this is something that I’d like to do on a regular basis, I decided that I’d make a cheese press. I’m not much of a builder of wooden objects, so it took my friend Paul telling me he also wanted to make cheese to do it.…

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Interactive birthday gift, Pt. 3

Picture, Fritzing schematic, and Arduino C code uploaded here

Interactive birthday gift, Pt. 2

I spent Sunday evening hacking together this prototype of the circuit that will run in the stuffed animal I talked about in my previous post. (Or perhaps some kind of birthday eCard, which might be a little easier. My sewing skills are even more amateurish than my electronics & programming abilities.)

Follow the link for a video of it in action.

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Interactive birthday gift, Pt. 1

My niece’s second birthday is coming up and I wanted to try to make something interesting for her. Over the past year or so, I’ve been playing with an Arduino kit I bought from Adafruit Industries but haven’t really made anything unique yet. After seeing this cool little kit for sale at Sparkfun Electronics, I thought, why not try to expand on that idea, add a LilyPad Arduino and a speaker to the project, and modify a stuffed animal to make it do something?…

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