Sam Adams brewing the first beer made with space hops

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Peter Dinklage: “Space Hops!”
Gwen Stefani: “Space Beeyah!”


When do we get space meat, tho…


Hypetrain’s next stop Hyperbole

Buyers beware: it sounds likely that a lot of that stuff got covered in space-poop from the malfunctioning space-toilet.


Pffft. Ninkasi Brewing sent brewer’s yeast to space back in 2014 and brewed their Ground Control imperial stout with it. It’s now a regular part of their lineup.


Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense to bring up 66 lbs of hop seeds (ok, rhizomes I guess if you don’t want to deal with notoriously hard to germinate hop seeds), then grow a whole lot more hops from them, and use those? It might even make for a different variety of hops, as the higher radiation levels in space might induce a mutation or two.


Came here to point this out

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Beer made with mutant space coliform-laden hops is quite possibly the stupidest version of the Andromeda Strain yet.



My understanding is that they couldn’t detect any differences between the yeast sent to space and the same strain that had stayed Earth-bound – and that that was exactly what the brewery’s founders were hoping would happen. So there’s a novelty factor, but that’s about it. Still, I give Ninkasi credit for sending something to space that might reasonably be expected to be affected by the trip. I can’t see any reason to send hops to space for four days except the novelty factor (and, I guess, to raise money for a children’s hospital, which isn’t nothing…).

Also, while I have known for years that Ninkasi sent yeast into space, until today I thought it was Ninkasi from Lyon, France. I didn’t even know there was an apparently completely unaffiliated Ninkasi in Eugene, Oregon.

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Yep. Their Total Domination has been one of my faves for a long time.

Confused article:

People have sent all kinds of living things into space in order to observe how the vacuum might affect them.

The vacuum has naught to do with it, we can create a a vacuum on earth a whole lot cheaper than sending seeds to space. “Micro-gravity” effects might come into play if you are actually growing something in space. It’s the radiation that will be altering the hop seeds - (and the astronauts no doubt).

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