UBC CHBeer Brewing Project

AIChE IoT of Brewing Workshop 2017

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UBC CHBeer Brewing Project


Student workshop presented at the AIChE Annual Student Meeting 2017. AIChE Event Link

11:45am - 12:30pm: Internet of Brewing (IoB) - The Digital Revolution Meets Beer

Presented by: Athanasios Kritharis, Siang Lim, Shams Elnawawi, and Josh Donaldson

University of British Columbia Student Chapter

Do you enjoy beer? Fermentation started in the Bronze Age and is theorized to be the main driver behind the origin of civilization! However, controlling this biological process to achieve the desired characteristics of beer is challenging to this day. Large breweries employ sophisticated devices to control processes, thermodynamics, and to model kinetics, but homebrewers and craft breweries can’t afford to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on high-end equipment. This workshop will demonstrate how to build a low-cost device that can monitor and control key process variables such as temperature and pH during the brewing process. Through the Internet of Things, it is possible to access and monitor process variables from anywhere! Come join us and learn how to make great beer from the comfort of your phone.


Attached are the slides from the AIChE Minneapolis 2017 workshop. These slides outline general brewing theory as well as an idea of data flow and industry collaboration.

  • The AIChE workshop slides are found here

General Remarks

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Check out this page for details and instructions on brewing! Included are resources on where to buy brewing equipment, brewing instructions and the science of brewing!


Resources related to instrumentation. Included is a circuit diagram, purchasing details for Raspberry Pi’s and sensors.


Resources related to software. Coding tutorials and instructions on how to set-up your Raspberry Pi are included in this section.


Resources related to the logistics of setting up new brewing projects in your AIChE Student Chapter. Topics discussed here include finances, administration and safety.


Want to keep posted with what we are doing? Check us out on Facebook at UBC Envision or on Instagram @UBCEnvision!

Questions? Please feel free to email Joshua Donaldson at [email protected]