This mini fermenter can be used to conduct small-scale fermentation investigations or demonstrations similar to research done by GLBRC scientists. The design allows for students to use simple techniques and classroom-grade probes to collect data during fermentation on a range of variables, such as ethanol concentration, CO2 production, temperature and pH. The complete mini fermenter can be built with readily-available supplies for approximately $20 (detailed supplies list included with instructions).
|Grade Level||High School through Undergraduate (Grades 9-16)|
|Subjects||Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Agriculture, Engineering, Microbiology|
|Resource Type||Research Stories|
|Concepts/Skills||fermentation, respiration, data analysis|
|Time Required||Approximately 2 hours to construct.|
|Required Supplies||32 oz polystyrene container and cap, plastic tubing clamp, 3 cc syringe, glass thermometer, magnetic stir bar, aquarium tubing, rubber stoppers, 5 mm glass tubing, mini aquarium heater, airlock, magnetic stir station.|
|Download||Mini-Fermenter Instruction Sheet Version 1.2 (.pdf, 2.1MB)|