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Old 01-29-2011, 02:00 PM   #1
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My daughter has a mandatory science fair project. So in my infinite wisdom decided lets make beer and show the fermintation process. what do you think the school will say.

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Old 01-29-2011, 02:11 PM   #2
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my guess would be no. How about root beer?

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Old 01-29-2011, 02:15 PM   #3
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I wouldn't think making beer would fly, either.

However, that's no reason you couldn't use your knowledge and gadgets to help her out in some other area that is related to what you do (depending on how much stuff you have available). This can range from liquid densities (SG testing and what it means), CO2 pressures versus temperature, carbonating liquids, yeast culturing, bacterial infection, quickest way to cool off cans (of soda), immersion chiller vs. CFC vs. plate heat exchanger, etc.

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Old 01-29-2011, 02:16 PM   #4
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I think it probably really depends on two things, first and foremost is the temperament of those who will judge you, both officially and unofficially. If they think that your school is rife with drug and alcohol abuse, then they are likely to see it as an attempt to blatantly rub their noses in the problem. Secondly is how you present the project, If you present it as "Beer & Wine, and how they are made." the reaction is likely to be corruption of minors.
But if you present it as "Yeast at work in the world around us. i.e. Bread or wine." It may be more easily received.

Note, these are simply my humble opinions and should not be interpreted as what will actually happen.

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Old 01-29-2011, 02:16 PM   #5
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WHat are you planning to cover, the conversion of starch to sugars, or the conversion of sugars to alchohol. I think you gould design a neat experiment setting up a simple mashing in a tiny 1-2 gallon cooler and then prove conversion with an iodine test.

I think someone has done a sciece fair exhibit on here. A thread like this rings a big bell from a few years ago.

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There's a ton you can do with yeast as the center of the project. Doesn't have to result in beer. I found a ton of examples with a quick Google search. When my son is older I'm certain we'll pursue. Sounds like fun!

http://www.all-science-fair-projects...tegory109.html

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Maybe a starter in a flask. Do a twist on the old balloon over the flask experiment.

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I know this is a month old, but I just got hit with the same thing today. I immediately thought about doing the aeration effects on fermentation. I'm going to email my daughters teacher tomorrow and ask if it's cool. I think if we leave beer and/or wine out of it and just speak of ethanol and CO2 we should be good.

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Just an idea that would need to be fleshed out - What if you only use flaked maize (and maybe some sugar) and steer the project on a biofuel slant instead of beer?

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I thought about that...but it's for a fifth grader... might be a little too advanced.

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