Hacksburg

Blacksburg's Workshop

Meeting Tonight

Hello everyone!

We’re having a general meeting tonight at 7:30 PM at the space. The agenda is here. We’ll be discussing upcoming events, what we did at recent events, and other things. We’ll also be doing project show-and-tell, giving tours, helping each other troubleshoot projects, and answering questions about the space. If you were curious about Hacksburg but didn’t know where to start, tonight’s the night to stop by!

Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you tonight!

About Hacksburg Video

Here is a little video about Hacksburg

Hacksburg is Blacksburg’s first hackerspace. A hackerspace is just your dream garage, at a fraction of the cost, and full of smart people.

We meet every Tuesday at 7:30 PM in our space. Feel free to come by for a tour! This meeting is open-to-the-public and followed by an open-to-the-public work session starting at the end of the meeting to whenever the last member leaves.

Our space is located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, and we wouldn’t exist in our current form without their support. 2200 Kraft Drive, Suite 1475, Blacksburg, VA

Join Memberships are $40.00/month - discounts available

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Hacksburg is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Started in 2014, we’re a community workshop focused on enabling members of the Blacksburg community to complete projects that would otherwise be out of reach. Whether you need equipment, mentorship, or just some help, Hacksburg is meant to be a useful resource for building anything from rockets to robots to rocking chairs.

Meeting Tonight, and other things

Hello everyone! We have a few things to go over today:

  • We’re having a general meeting tonight at 7:30 PM at the space. The agenda is here. We’ll be discussing upcoming events, what we did at recent events, and other things. We’ll also be doing project show-and-tell, giving tours, helping each other troubleshoot projects, and answering questions about the space. If you were curious about Hacksburg but didn’t know where to start, tonight’s the night to stop by!
  • Our second annual Unconference is this Saturday (9/17), starting at 10 AM at the space. This is a gathering of makers, hackers, and crafters from all around the nation to come together and talk about the projects that interest them, and for others to share their experiences. We’d love for you to bring your knowledge to the table! The cost is $20, which includes lunch, and you’ll get to meet a lot of awesome people!
  • As a reminder, this Thursday, September 15th, we’ll be shutting down our Google Group, as nobody seems to be using it. You can find other ways to get in touch with Hacksburg and its members here.

Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you tonight!

Apple Event

I hope everyone who attended the apple event on Sunday had fun! Here is a breakdown of what we used to make the apple pressing gear you used.

Book - Whizbang Apple Grinder & Cider Press

Grinder (Thanks John!) - 2015 Meat Grinder Which was upgraded to a much easier (on the arms) item this year - 2016 badger 900 insinkerator mounted in a wooden frame with a lightswitch control

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Press (Thanks Brent!) - Wooden frame to hold pressing pots above juice container and below press - Pressing pots: a metal pot, with pour spout cut into the side bottom. Inside the metal pot was a smaller plastic pot with drill holes along every side from top to bottom, this fit inside with clearance for the juice to get out on all sides. - Inside the plastic pot was a muslin cloth to keep out pulp from clogging the holes or getting into the juice. - The muslin cloth was then topped with a piece of hardwood cut to fit the plastic container. - On top of the hardwood we put a 4 ton bottle jack, and some blocks of wood just to get the right sizing.

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Does anyone have any good ideas, other than compost or animal feed, for that to do with the juiced pulp after?

For those also interested in making your own hard cider here are the resources I used - My HomeBrew how to - My HomeBrew recipies - Midwest Supplies - Northern Brewer - 1910 Hard Cider - English Breakfast Tea - White Tea Conctions Lemongrass and Ginger (WTC LG) Hard Cider

FYI: It took me 50 apples (2/3 Wolf River, 1/3 Rome) to make 1 gallon juice. One of these two apples was too gummy and shouldnt have been used.

And here are some pictures!

Meeting Tonight

Our normal tuesday general meeting tonight at 7:30 PM at the space is happening, followed by our usual open-to-the-public open work session (and tours!), where you can get help with a project you’re roadblocked on or hang out with like-minded makers.

The agenda is here.

As always, we’ll also be talking about what we’ve worked on the past week, so feel free to bring your projects (or pics thereof) for show-and-tell.

Sorry for the delay!