Open source beer for your weekend

Open source beer for your weekend

Summary: Most of the recipe is fairly conventional -- hops, malt, sugar -- but the students also added nearly a pound (300 grams) of Guarana beans, an ingredient from the Amazon that is usually found in sugared energy drinks, which also brings some caffeine with it.

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Vores Ol beer bottlesStudents at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, have come up with what they call an open source beer.

Vores Ol (Our Beer) looks to be an ale recipe offered under a Creative Commons license. Anyone can use it, but if you change it, that recipe is also subject to the license. (The picture is from the students' Web site.)

Most of the recipe is fairly conventional -- hops, malt, sugar -- but the students also added nearly a pound (300 grams) of Guarana beans, an ingredient from the Amazon that is usually found in sugared energy drinks, which also brings some caffeine with it.

The malt is left hot for an hour, then filtered and boiled with the hops. The beans and sugar go in halfway through this cooking process and, after the result is filtered and cooled, the yeast goes in. It takes about two weeks to ferment.

The students told the BBC they worked under Rasmus Nielsen of Superflex on their recipe. He was teaching a workshop on intellectual property and copyright at the Information Technology University and asked them to apply the open source concept to something beyond computing. The guarana was in his honor. He demonstrated the manufacture of a guarana soda in Los Angeles last year.

The recipe, which is dubbed Version 1.0, is darker and heavier than your typical Danish brew, the students said. What Nielsen wants to teach isn't beer-making, but the use of open source concepts applied to the making of things that carry intellectual content, from beer to soda to drugs.

Topic: Open Source

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  • Is it really open?

    I mean it is really free to every one and can download from Internet?
    Wagadonga
    • The recipe is open source

      [i]I mean it is really free to every one and can download from Internet?[/i]

      The implication, with me being to lazy to go looking, is that the recipe is open source. Compare that to Coca-Cola that has protected his soda formula via trade secrets for years (and if they had patented it originally, the patent would have run out and anyone could produce Coke).

      By the way, something doesn't have to have internet download in order to be open source. I believe (but could be wrong) that Red Hat Enterprise Edition falls into this category.
      __howard__
      • It should be "OPEN RECIPE".

        To qualify open sourceness, they should open source and allow free downloads! Since they don't, it should be "open recipe".
        Wagadonga
        • I hope everyone realizes this is tongue in cheek ...

          Isn't source code the recipe for a software program? After downloading it, you'd still have to compile it. And of course GPL requires the source code to be downloadable, not a precompiled version. The precompiled version is just a bonus.
          __howard__
    • Open source at its best

      Open source does not only refer to software code or Internet distribution. Those good people have developed receipt for beer and the license for such recipt is open source (the receipt is open geniuses).
      theraven_z
  • is there a hack

    so that I can just get the beer?
    pesky_z