Back in August we had our first homebrewing workshop of 2013 at 091 Labs, and it was a great success! A member of the local brewing community guided nine intrepid attendees through the ins and outs of their first kit brew, from basic theory, through fermentation to bottling and conditioning. Their reward: twenty bottles of beer they had made themselves and the basic skills needed to move on to their next brewing project with confidence. We really couldn’t have done it without the skills and patience of Geoff, homebrewer extraordinaire, and the participation of Home Brew West, Ireland’s largest supplier of homebrewing equipment.
Starting this Saturday the 12th of October at 12pm we’ll be kicking off our second round of workshops geared towards first-time brewers who want to be shown the ropes by an experienced home brewer and learn to avoid the common pitfalls that can ruin a first brew. The cost of this workshop is €35pp and attendees will get to bring home 20 bottles/20 pints/10 litres of their brew at the end of the course. The course will be run with 2 people per brew kit (basically sharing the workload and end product brew).
You can register your interest for the event by emailing your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that there will be a minimum of ten attendees so it is important to get in touch with us to confirm your place.
Week 1: (First meeting) – you will sit down with Geoff who will explain the differences between the different kinds of beers, explain the process of brewing (fermentation, bottling etc) and a trip to local craft beer pub The Salthouse for examples of beer styles (sample platters are included in the cost of the workshop). Attendees will pick what type of type of brew you want to make for the classes.
Week 2: The brewing proper begins.
Week 3, 4 or maybe 5: Teaching of proper bottling sterilisation and bottling of brew until it is completed.
The brewing classes will take place in the homebrewing corner of our hardware area at 091 Labs and tutorials/discussions will be held in the main room, usually for a few hours from noon on the Saturday. The brew buckets and other equipment will be supplied and stored in the brewing area.
This is a strictly over-18s event, ID will be required if necessary.
Haha, meme joke. The blog and the hackerspace have had both enjoyed less life than Io, the first moon of Jupiter, in the past few months. Oh sure, we’ve had a clade of successful workshops, a packed Ignite event, major redecoration, a freaking awesome new logo, and some great new members, but if you walk into the hackerspace at an arbitrary point in time you’d have found hardly anything but a handful of happy hackers happily hacking away at their Facebook pages, or a video game.
But rule of thumb, it’s been quiet, and the blog has sadly reflected this. The Twitter account is shared between several people, and is trivial to update, as is our Facebook page. But you know what, winter is coming and with it a spike in activity at the hackerspace, and it behoves me to talk about the hackerspace and winter activities long-form. “So what,” you might ask, “is coming up this winter?”
Foremost, a change to our Tuesday open nights: Learning nights (and also a chance for some Photoshop fun). The idea is for a few people to get together on Tuesday’s, pick a topic, and learn about it. Or learn about learning-study methods, research sources and filtering, phrasing search terms. The atmosphere is intended to be informal. Come along, dust off your brain, and use it in good company for a few hours.
Learning Nights start next week, Tuesday October 1.
Also coming to the hackerspace are more workshops: A rehash of the above Bash workshop with a greater focus on Linux, Adobe Photoshop and digital image editing, and LaTeX, a programming language for document preparation. My personal goal is one workshop per month, and if anyone else wants to run a workshop is absolutely welcome to contact us.
Our next Ignite event will be on Wednesday October 30, and the annual 091 Labs Hallowe’en party on the next day Wednesday October 31
Looking further afield, the 091 Labs website will be getting a complete overhaul to match the new logo and its attendant colour scheme. I have no timeframe for this beyond a vague “next few months”.
It was a week of laughter, of tears; a moment in time of great hopes and sorrows. Yes friends, it was Irish Hackerspace Week, a week of celebration and promotion for all of the Irish hackerspaces: Galway’s 091 Labs, Dublin’s TOG, Belfast’s HackNI, Limerick’s Hackerspace, and Hackerspace Cork.
At the end of the week? It was a success. 091 Labs hosted some very popular events; 091 Labs hosted some very unpopular events too. There were some hard lessons learned in the importance of groundwork, communication and coordination during Friday night’s Synchronous Hackerspace Quiz. There were some even harder lessons in promotion and scheduling to be learned from Saturday’s Poetry Smackdown and Sunday’s PC Repair Day. The Poetry Smackdown unintentionally clashed with a similar event elsewhere in Galway City, the quiz fell afoul of open source technology and today’s repair day suffered from an uncomfortable proximity with Sunday morning.
Incidentally: The Synchronous Hackerspace Quiz? We won – 091 Labs won. Our victory was impulsively declared in a moment of grandiose self-acclamation because of a complete breakdown in communications with the other involved Hackerspaces. We were left in a queasy limbo, adrift in time and space and unable to determine if indeed another hackerspace scored more correct answers than us. A hasty quorum was met in which it was decided to bless our article of self-held belief, a theorem that simply reads “why yes, TOG got pwnd,” as an official 091 Labs doctrine.
We won, hoo-hah!
So far I’ve talked about failures, but we had out great successes: Gerry Kavanagh’s Asterisk VOIP PBX setup demonstration, Joe Desbonnet’s household hacking, yesterday’s Art After Noon (Katie, Vivian, etc. – please contact me so I can correctly give credit) and solar powered-robots workshop by David McKeown all brought the boys to the yard the public in the door. I’ve personally come away educated. 091 Labs has come away the wiser and with several new members (shout-out!). TOG has presumably come away pwnd in the aftermath of the quiz.
To all of the organizers of the various events: Thank you! You were the women and men who made Irish Hackerspaces Week a reality at 091 Labs.