Brewing Beer On The Moon

One Giant Hop
For Mankind

Brewing Beer On The Moon

One Giant Hop
For Mankind

About The Experiment

Yeast is one of the most prevalent microorganisms in the world. We find it in our foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. It is a component people have become reliant on for survival. Understanding how yeast behaves outside of Earth may serve consumptive and clinical applications for the future of space exploration. This experiment may also open more doors for understanding microorganisms (not just yeast) in lunar gravity. The team is in a partnership with Google Lunar XPrize finalist, SYNERGY MOON.

Team SYNERGY MOON will provide Team Original Gravity with a spot on the moon as well as numerous LEO (Low Earth Orbit) flights! SYNERGY MOON was co-founded in 2009 by Kevin Myrick (USA) and Nebojša Stanojević (Bosnia and Herzegovina). They represent a collaboration of individuals from over 15 countries and their numbers are growing. Their company growth plan involves both private sector funding and the unique inclusion of high-profile sponsorship opportunities. Their technological innovations will make space travel and personal satellite launches available to everyone.

Team Original Gravity’s apparatus was built to automate the fermentation process, and to monitor and send back data and results of the experiment. We designed our canister to keep the yeast and wort separate and connected by a valve. On our command, the valve will open, and allow the two to mix. Once the process begins, we will have pressure transducers monitoring the pressure inside the canister. From this, we will be able to back out the rate of fermentation. In the final design, there will also be an additional chamber to take optical measurements. By using light of a specific wavelength (think of this as a particular color), we can measure what chemical compounds are in the beer, making this another way to determine fermentation rate. The benefit of this second method is that we can make sure that we are in fact making alcohol, as this wavelength of light will be specific to alcohol.

About The Experiment

Yeast is one of the most prevalent microorganisms in the world. We find it in our foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. It is a component people have become reliant on for survival. Understanding how yeast behaves outside of Earth may serve consumptive and clinical applications for the future of space exploration. This experiment may also open more doors for understanding microorganisms (not just yeast) in lunar gravity. The team is in a partnership with Google Lunar XPrize finalist, SYNERGY MOON.

Team SYNERGY MOON will provide Team Original Gravity with a spot on the moon as well as numerous LEO (Low Earth Orbit) flights! SYNERGY MOON was co-founded in 2009 by Kevin Myrick (USA) and Nebojša Stanojević (Bosnia and Herzegovina). They represent a collaboration of individuals from over 15 countries and their numbers are growing. Their company growth plan involves both private sector funding and the unique inclusion of high-profile sponsorship opportunities. Their technological innovations will make space travel and personal satellite launches available to everyone.

Team Original Gravity’s apparatus was built to automate the fermentation process, and to monitor and send back data and results of the experiment. We designed our canister to keep the yeast and wort separate and connected by a valve. On our command, the valve will open, and allow the two to mix. Once the process begins, we will have pressure transducers monitoring the pressure inside the canister. From this, we will be able to back out the rate of fermentation. In the final design, there will also be an additional chamber to take optical measurements. By using light of a specific wavelength (think of this as a particular color), we can measure what chemical compounds are in the beer, making this another way to determine fermentation rate. The benefit of this second method is that we can make sure that we are in fact making alcohol, as this wavelength of light will be specific to alcohol.

Meet The Team

Team Original Gravity, was founded in 2016 by Neeki Ashari, Srivathsan Kalyan, and Han Lu Ling. The team is composed of 9 engineers from the University of California – San Diego. To learn more about us, click the button below!

Neeki Ashari

Birthplace: Long Beach, CA
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘17
Degree: Bioengineering: Bioengineering, B.S.
Interests: Films, Space Exploration, Tennis, Traveling, Beer
Fun Fact: World Champion Parallel Parker

Han Lu Ling

Birthplace: Arlington, TX
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘17, UC Hastings College of the Law
Degree: Bioengineering: Bioengineering, B.S.
Interests: Homebrewing, Music Programming, Cycling
Fun Fact: Had a near fatal skateboarding accident in 2014 and is now deaf in right ear

Srivathsan Kalyan

Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘17, Johns Hopkins University
Degree: Nanoengineering, B.S. (UCSD); Mechanical Engineering, PhD (JHU, In-Progress)
Interests: Tennis, Beer, Water Polo, Traveling
Fun Fact: I can quote lines from Friends, Two and a Half Men, Archer, Arrested Development, and many other TV shows.

Jared Buchanan

Birthplace: Kingston, NY, USA
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘17
Degree: Bioengineering: Bioengineering, B.S.
Interests: Football, Basketball, Surfing, Netflix, Homebrewing, Hiking
Fun Fact: I survived on nothing but peanut butter for 10 years.

Shivam Chopra

Birthplace: Chandigarh, India
Education: University of California, San Diego (MS); PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh (BE)
Degree: Mechanical Engineering, MS ; Mechanical Engineering, BE
Interests: Music, Dance, Hiking, Cricket
Fun Fact: Can watch a thriller anytime

Tavish Traut

Birthplace: San Francisco, CA
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘17
Degree: Biology: Physiology & Neuroscience, B.S. & Business Minor
Interests: Surfing, Homebrewing, Backpacking, Playing Music, Dogs
Fun Fact: My desire to dance and actual talent are both equal and opposite at all times.

Emily Goble

Birthplace: San Francisco, CA
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘17
Degree: Bioengineering: Bioengineering, B.S.
Interests: Hiking, Music, Skateboarding, Photography, Mars Colonization.
Fun Fact: I can fall asleep anytime anywhere.

Johnny Koo

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘21
Degree: Bioengineering: Biotechnology
Interests: Hiking, Scuba Diving, Swimming, and Food.
Fun fact: I actually like the taste of Soylent

Sebastian Kaser

Birthplace: Castro Valley, CA
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘15
Degree: Aerospace Engineering, B.S.
Profession: Payload Integration Engineer at General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems Inc.
Interests: Tennis, Surfing, Space Exploration, Beer (who woulda thought?)
Fun Fact: I missed college so much that I decided to help out with an undergraduate club with their moon-beer project so I could pretend I was still a student!

Meet The Team

Team Original Gravity, was founded in 2016 by Neeki Ashari, Srivathsan Kalyan, and Han Lu Ling. The team is composed of 9 engineers from the University of California – San Diego. To learn more about us, click the button below!

Neeki Ashari

Birthplace: Long Beach, CA
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘17
Degree: Bioengineering: Bioengineering, B.S.
Interests: Films, Space Exploration, Tennis, Traveling, Beer
Fun Fact: World Champion Parallel Parker

Han Lu Ling

Birthplace: Arlington, TX
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘17, UC Hastings College of the Law
Degree: Bioengineering: Bioengineering, B.S.
Interests: Homebrewing, Music Programming, Cycling
Fun Fact: Had a near fatal skateboarding accident in 2014 and is now deaf in right ear

Srivathsan Kalyan

Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘17, Johns Hopkins University
Degree: Nanoengineering, B.S. (UCSD); Mechanical Engineering, PhD (JHU, In-Progress)
Interests: Tennis, Beer, Water Polo, Traveling
Fun Fact: I can quote lines from Friends, Two and a Half Men, Archer, Arrested Development, and many other TV shows.

Jared Buchanan

Birthplace: Kingston, NY, USA
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘17
Degree: Bioengineering: Bioengineering, B.S.
Interests: Football, Basketball, Surfing, Netflix, Homebrewing, Hiking
Fun Fact: I survived on nothing but peanut butter for 10 years.

Shivam Chopra

Birthplace: Chandigarh, India
Education: University of California, San Diego (MS); PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh (BE)
Degree: Mechanical Engineering, MS ; Mechanical Engineering, BE
Interests: Music, Dance, Hiking, Cricket
Fun Fact: Can watch a thriller anytime

Tavish Traut

Birthplace: San Francisco, CA
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘17
Degree: Biology: Physiology & Neuroscience, B.S. & Business Minor
Interests: Surfing, Homebrewing, Backpacking, Playing Music, Dogs
Fun Fact: My desire to dance and actual talent are both equal and opposite at all times.

Emily Goble

Birthplace: San Francisco, CA
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘17
Degree: Bioengineering: Bioengineering, B.S.
Interests: Hiking, Music, Skateboarding, Photography, Mars Colonization.
Fun Fact: I can fall asleep anytime anywhere.

Johnny Koo

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘21
Degree: Bioengineering: Biotechnology
Interests: Hiking, Scuba Diving, Swimming, and Food.
Fun fact: I actually like the taste of Soylent

Sebastian Kaser

Birthplace: Castro Valley, CA
Education: University of California, San Diego ‘15
Degree: Aerospace Engineering, B.S.
Profession: Payload Integration Engineer at General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems Inc.
Interests: Tennis, Surfing, Space Exploration, Beer (who woulda thought?)
Fun Fact: I missed college so much that I decided to help out with an undergraduate club with their moon-beer project so I could pretend I was still a student!

Read The Press

These engineering students from the University of California have designed an experiment to ferment beer on the moon. They call themselves ‘Team Original Gravity’ and hope their invention will be on a spacecraft to the moon this year. Hear more >>

Radio - BBC

While NASA is attempting to grow potatoes and greens in space-like conditions, a group of engineering students have another goal: brewing beer on the moon.They have invented a device they believe can ferment yeast in zero-gravity. Read more >>

Leanna Garfield - Business Insider

There could soon be a whole new definition of the term “moonshine.” A team of University of California San Diego (UCSD) engineering students is in a ferment, all hopped up to see if beer can be brewed on the moon.
Read more >>

Leonard David - Space.com

The moon: Great and all, but don’t you think it’s missing something? I mean, yes, it could use human-rated habitats, some moon buggies, maybe a little infrastructure. Beyond that, though, what does the moon really need? It needs beer. Read more >>

Miriam Kramer - Mashable

If one of the multiple possible circumstances for the world ending comes to pass – we fail to combat climate change, an asteroid hits Earth, the Trumpocalypse – and we all have to decamp to the Moon or Mars, we’re all going to need a big drink. Read more >>

Katy Evans - IFL Science

The students, like all of us, want to know whether yeast can survive to ferment beer on the Moon. The proposed experiment starts with wort—malt and water mixed together, prepared on Earth and placed into a special experimentation vessel. Read more >>

Ryan F. Mandelbaum - Gizmodo

Read The Press

These engineering students from the University of California have designed an experiment to ferment beer on the moon. They call themselves ‘Team Original Gravity’ and hope their invention will be on a spacecraft to the moon this year. Hear more >>

Radio - BBC

While NASA is attempting to grow potatoes and greens in space-like conditions, a group of engineering students have another goal: brewing beer on the moon.They have invented a device they believe can ferment yeast in zero-gravity. Read more >>

Leanna Garfield - Business Insider

There could soon be a whole new definition of the term “moonshine.” A team of University of California San Diego (UCSD) engineering students is in a ferment, all hopped up to see if beer can be brewed on the moon.
Read more >>

Leonard David - Space.com

The moon: Great and all, but don’t you think it’s missing something? I mean, yes, it could use human-rated habitats, some moon buggies, maybe a little infrastructure. Beyond that, though, what does the moon really need? It needs beer. Read more >>

Miriam Kramer - Mashable

If one of the multiple possible circumstances for the world ending comes to pass – we fail to combat climate change, an asteroid hits Earth, the Trumpocalypse – and we all have to decamp to the Moon or Mars, we’re all going to need a big drink. Read more >>

Katy Evans - IFL Science

The students, like all of us, want to know whether yeast can survive to ferment beer on the Moon. The proposed experiment starts with wort—malt and water mixed together, prepared on Earth and placed into a special experimentation vessel. Read more >>

Ryan F. Mandelbaum - Gizmodo

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