It is perhaps not surprising to learn that people love beer – and thanks to the growing interest in artisan beer in America, beer products enjoy a very golden renaissance. But nobody encourages you to make your own beer as PicoBrew does with its latest product, the Pico.
PicoBrew has already experienced in the past large brewery stations with products like Zymatic, but the company decided that it needed a smaller product for those looking to make the leap from the enthusiast to the amateur brewer, but with little room to spare. Now, after an incredibly successful Kickstarter, the company is ready to make its latest product available to the market.
If you have started to microbrass before, you probably know that one of the biggest problems is getting your ingredient properly prepared and in the right quantities. Freshness is important, but cleanliness is essential, and even a small bacterium can ruin a whole lot of beer. The Pico solves this problem with PicoPaks, which are – literally – K-Cups for your brewery station.
Choose your PicoPak, insert it into the Pico, add water, choose some basic settings and start preparing: the only important difference between this coffee and that of coffee is that it takes much longer, about two hours to prepare, some time to ferment a mini-barrel, then a night of carbonation for the final touch.
The genius of the system is that PicoBrew can create its own Paks for sale, and outsource to breweries that can create PicoPaks for some of their popular products. So far, dozens of craft breweries have been infected throughout the continent and you can watch the latest list on the Kickstarter page. There is also a recommendation system for recommending a brewery (if the brewers do not care to be a little loose with their recipes).
This PicoPak is a new idea and it sounds like a very modular way to make beer safely … assuming of course that the Paks themselves are systematically safe to use and produce quality beverages without skunk. Another benefit is the price: the Zymatic costs about $ 2,000, but you can get a Pico for only $ 560 (April delivery next year). Keep in mind that the price increases considerably if you need a drum or additional equipment.