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UNOmar 02-07-2006 02:17 AM

Howto babysit your beer from work
Hey all,
I'm not sure if anyone has done this before (or had the need/nerdyness).
I had a bit of an incident last night with the lid of my fermenter blowing off with 10 mins left in the Superbowl. :eek: I brewed Sunday morning and noticed an unusually strong fermentation taking place, but it wasn't until late that I needed to rig up a blowoff. I left the blowoff on all day Monday, but when I returned home I noticed that it had slowed to 6-10 bubbles per minute. Seeing as how I jerry-rigged the blowoff with duct tape, some tubing and a grolsh bottle filled with cheap vodka I decided to replace the airlock and just "keep an eye on it." Now comes the interesting part. How do I monitor it from work? Why the Fermentation-Cam of course!
Now in the event of another fermentor explosion I can call someone (or leave work early ;) )

And yes I know the webpage isn't pretty. The cam I had floating around wasn't compatible with linux so I had to resort to windows and the software I found doesn't allow you to alter the page for a live stream.

Sir Sudster 02-07-2006 02:26 AM

That's cool. So, how many times a day are you checking in?

UNOmar 02-07-2006 02:31 AM

I just got the thing set up about an hour ago so it will prove it's worth in the next couple of days. I work in the IT field so I can check it as often as I want. Which means I'll be checking every 30 mins...

Toilet Rocker 02-07-2006 02:51 AM

That is really neat.

El Pistolero 02-07-2006 02:55 AM

I'm wondering if we can slow down his fermentation with a DOS attack? ;)

UNOmar 02-07-2006 02:56 AM

Hey, no Denial Of Suds.
I'm already more sober than planned.

Catfish 02-07-2006 11:56 AM

That's pretty cool. I sort of had to tear myself away. If there were a tv channel of a slowly bubbling airlock, I bet I'd watch it. Very sad. Especially considering I can watch tham live in my own home. Very sad.

Orfy 02-07-2006 12:09 PM

Cool man.

There is a live feed. (well of 1 per second is live)

I use the same software but ripped the code into me own page.

Chairman Cheyco 02-07-2006 09:37 PM

Man, I had to get married to have a beerbysitter!

Mike's Brew and Brat 02-08-2006 01:40 AM

It's not working, I missed seeing the bubbling airlock. Nuts

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