OK, so you’ve got the coffee machine and thermostat-controlled kettle for delicate white and green teas – but how about a beer machine?
The Seattle Times reports the launch of a machine that “almost completely automates the process of producing beer” using grain, hops, yeast and water.
The machine, the PicoBrew Zymatic (about the size of a large microwave), is the invention of former Microsoft employees Bill Mitchell and Avi Geigner, and Mitchell’s brother Jim, a physicist, home brewer and designer of food-processing facilities.
The machine is currently being tested by several small breweries and experienced home brewers ahead of an anticipated commercial release in the USA in January.
The machine is controlled from a web browser and can be monitored from a smart phone. PicoBrew expect the price to be around $US1300.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 16 October 2013 in the Canberra Times and goodfood.com.au