With more than two weeks left in their crowdfunding campaign on KickstAfter, the team at PicoBrew have a solid success. With the initial goal set at $150,000 they have more than doubled that amount. The product has been over 3 years in development for the first automatic all-grain beer brewing appliance, called the Zymatic. The device brews high-quality craft beer at the touch of a button. Yep just add water, grain and hops, select a recipe, and brew.
The company was founded by brothers Dr. Bill Mitchell and Jim Mitchell who are both avid home-brewers. Bill spent the past 18 years as a Vice President at Microsoft while Jim spent over a decade designing food processing plants and equipment in California. They teamed up with co-founder and ex-Microsoft hardware architect Avi Geiger to invent a process and build an appliance that would simplify and automate all-grain home brewing. Their vision was to make home-brewing as simple and easy as using an espresso maker or bread maker while at the same time preserving the fine art and craft of high-quality home beer creation.
This beer brewing appliance is capable of brewing 2.5 gallons of high quality finished beer across the range of styles from light lagers through IPAs, stouts and smoked ales. Hundreds of test batches brewed during the product development process on prototype machines has enabled PicoBrew’s recipe creation software to accurately predict brewing outcomes based on recipe ingredients and process steps (e.g. mash time/temp) allowing precise, repeatable outcomes.
The early bird reward levels are all gone unfortunately. But if you still want one of these mini-breweries you can get in for $1599. Scheduled to ship in May 2014.
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