For the first time ever, someone with no brewing experience at all will be able to brew top-quality craft beer in the comfort of their own kitchen.
Next month at the New York Luxury Technology Showcase, PicoBrew, Inc., creator of the award-winning PicoBrew Zymatic® automatic beer brewing appliance, will introduce its new PicoPakTM system, which uses pre-packaged ingredient packs available from worldwide brewers and breweries, with proven recipes that ensure great results. Customers looking for more customization can then personalize their batches to adjust bitterness and alcohol levels.
Brewing on Pico should be as simple as filling a keg with water, loading the hop and grain modules into the machine, and hitting “Brew.” Automatic steam-cleaning and compostable pulp packaging for grains and hops also make clean-up a snap. After brewing, the beer is fermented by adding yeast from the PicoPak, and then transferred to five liter serving kegs and carbonated. Some PicoPaks also employ a dry-hopping step where a hops package is added for more hop flavor and aroma.
Key to Pico’s craft beer synergy is a new PicoBrew BrewMarketplace… a giant “AppStore for beer.” Brewers — and even home brewers — can publish their beers on BrewMarketplace and receive royalties on every sale. Customers can explore and purchase beer based on in-depth knowledge about the beer and brewer, community ratings, trends and peer feedback. Any brewer seeking to publish their beer on BrewMarketplace can join the PicoBrew Development Program (PDP), which leverages Zymatic as a development platform to create PicoPaks. More than 50 breweries and brewmasters have already joined the program and are working with PicoBrew to create PicoPaks, including Dogfish Head, Rogue, Dieu du Ciel! (Canada), and Cervecería Barbarian (Peru).
According to Pico, “Our hope is that with the Pico acting as essentially a ‘3D printer for beer’, and the BrewMarketplace connecting craft brewers and customers, we can fundamentally improve the quality of beer consumed by the world today.”
Available for preorder ($699), home craft beer enthusiasts can now check out this must-have new appliance, available Spring 2016.