11-year-old’s beer experiment will test reaction of water, yeast in space

Oct. 14, 2013

DENVER, Colo. — Sixth grader’s microbrewery experiment will have implications for purifying water in space.

DENVER, Colo. — Colorado 11-year-old Michal Bodzianowski has won a chance to send his microbrewery experiment to the International Space Station to test the effects of making beer in space, according to an article on Space.com.

According to the article, alcohol could be an easy way to purify water in space if it becomes contaminated.

Bodzianowski designed the experiment at STEM School and Academy in Highland Ranch, Colo. and won the chance to send it to space through the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), the article reported.

According to the article, the sixth grader’s experiment will fly aboard Orbital Science’s Cygnus spacecraft in December.

The brewery is so tiny it fits inside a six inch tube with hops, water, yeast and malted barley all in separate compartments, the article continued; an astronaut will shake it to see the reaction.

“I really didn’t expect this from the start,” Bodzianowski said.  “I really just designed my experiment to get a good grade in my class.”

To read the full article please visit: http://www.space.com/23141-space-beer-student-space-station-experiment.html.