Building A Smart Beer Fridge Part 1

To be creative you need to take on do it yourself projects.

These projects are a great way to learn about something new and improve your problem solving skills.

Why Building A Smart Beer Fridge?

I love craft beer.

I love Belgian beers. Some Belgian beers are very rare and unique.

One of my favorites is a Belgian beer brewed with cherry liquor and aged in barrels.

I have done my own beer brewing but I haven’t tried to make something as amazing as this.

My ideal smart beer fridge has a mind of its own. It tells me when it’s running low on my favorite beers. It tells me recommendations I should try. And perhaps it connects with my other appliances 🙂

Ideal Features

  1. Monitors temperature
  2. Monitors door open/close
  3. Monitors inventory
  4. It learns from inventory and gives me recommendations
  5. It learns from my Spotify favorites and pairs beers

Smart Beer Fridge v1

I started learning Machine Learning earlier this year. While it would be awesome for the fridge to give me recommendations. I think I still have a long way to go to make this happen.

For now I would be OK with the first 3 features:

  1. Monitors temperature
  2. Monitors door open/close
  3. Monitors inventory

Smart Beer Tools

I looked around and found a great tutorial that matches exactly what I want to do.

This tutorial shows all the tools that I need to acquire to make my Smart Beer Fridge v1.

  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Ultimate Starter Kit: $100
  • Wii Balance Board: $36
  • Wii Fit Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Bluetooth Adapter
  • Waterproof DS18D20 Digital Temperature Sensor
  • Magnetic Contact Switch
  • 3/8″ Felt Pads

I will be borrowing a wine fridge. And perhaps I can also use it to store a keg of my own brewing. It could also notify me if I need to brew more.

For the next part I will gather all the tools and start setting up this project.

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