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Picobrew introduces customizable packs at CES for Pico brewing system

pico_brewkeg_mdPicobrew, the company that produces the first self-contained, countertop beer-brewing appliance, is making a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. IN addition to their revolutionary beer brewing system, the company has announced their new  FreeStyle PicoPak BrewCrafter.

The FreeStyle feature is a powerful new capability that allows anyone to create custom craft beer PicoPaks for the award-winning Pico™ beer-brewing appliance.

With the Freestyle feature, brewers can create a new beer recipe by simply dragging and dropping grains, hops and yeast into a virtual PicoPak. PicoBrew then custom manufactures the PicoPak and delivers it to you fresh and ready-to-brew in just a few days.

“The new FreeStyle PicoPak capability and the FreeStyle BrewCrafter tool gives customers the ability to create their own unique craft beers, while PicoBrew does the heavy lifting of sourcing ingredients, and producing a tidy compostable brewing package, making the whole homebrewing process easier and more precise,” said Dr. Bill Mitchell, CEO, PicoBrew. “Customization has always been an important goal for us because Pico customers are craft beer aficionados.   They like to brew great beers created by the best breweries around the world, but sometimes they also want to create their own unique beers and share them with others.  We’re committed to providing both capabilities.”

Creating a custom beer begins with the brewer choosing from a list of known, good baseline beers. The brewer is then free to choose from a variety of grains, hops and yeast. The interface then makes suggestions to help the brewer choose ingredients that will result in a balanced, delicious brew. After creating the recipe, brewers can give their concoction its own unique name.

In addition, brewers that want to brew beers from some of their favorite breweries, can access a database of recipes. Brewers like 21st Amendment, Dieu du Ciel! and Rogue Ales along with more than 150 others have participated in this program.

Pico is an automated, Internet of Things (IoT), beer brewing appliance that can brew five liters of craft beer in about two hours and has a grain-to-glass serving time of just seven to 10 days, depending on the recipe.  It uses eco-friendly, award-winning compostable PicoPak ingredient packs, which contain the fresh hops and grains needed to brew fresh, brew-pub quality craft beers.  With the push of a button, Pico recognizes the PicoPak inserted and follows brewing process instructions transmitted over a local Wi-Fi connection.  The sleek, compact and modern design of the Pico fits on a kitchen or bar countertop.

The Pico brewing machine requires no previous experience with homebrewing and comes with everything needed to start the process, including:

Pico is available for purchase at and online at Bloomingdale’s, Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma, Best Buy, Frontgate and Amazon.  The suggested retail price for the home brewing appliance is $799USD, and additional PicoPaks are available for $18.99 to $29.99.

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Posted by on January 6, 2017 in Beer, Beer News


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Robot brews beer in your own home

zymaticJanuary in Las Vegas means the Consumer Electronics Show and plenty of interesting new products to keep gadget nuts entertained. From Ultra-HD televisions to beer-brewing robots there is something for everyone. Yes, you read that correctly, this year there is a vendor hawking a robotic beer brewing device that automates the homebrewing process. The machine, dubbed the Zymatic, connects to the Internet, downloads a recipe and, after you add the required ingredients, brews 2.5 gallons of tasty, satisfying beer.

The machine was developed by two brothers who were frustrated with the hassles inherent in the homebrewing process. The brothers, Jim and Bill Mitchell, formed Picobrew, Inc. and set out to refine the process and create a device that would brew quality, all-grain beer with a minimum of fuss. Each brother brought different skills to the table, but both of their skill sets complimented the process. Jim was a food chemist & physicist, with a desire to incorporate more control in the process of beer brewing on a small scale. Bill, was skilled in building software, boards, and appliances. The two joined with Avi Geiger, an engineer with 24 US Patents under his belt, and set out to build a better machine.

After two years of tinkering, trial and error, the group finally had a product that did indeed solve the age-old problem of how to brew beer easily and with fewer headaches. With the robot created, the group needed a collection of recipes to use with it. They enlisted the help of Master Brewer Anne Johnson — the first woman to receive the American Homebrewer Association’s prestigious Homebrewer of the Year award — who created dozens of recipes for the system. The company has over 100 recipes available to brewers or ambitious hobbyists can formulate their own concoctions.

“Our mission,” said Bill Mitchell, PicoBrew CEO. “Is to get the whole world brewing great craft beer, and realizing that goal calls for a lot of product innovation.”

The hard work put in on the project paid off when Picobrew was named a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoreen for the Zymatic. The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. The CES has been recognizing product design and engineering achievements since 1976.

The system costs $1699 by itself or $1799 with one keg. Systems can be ordered directly from Picobrew at their website:

You can also learn more about the system in the video below from Fox News.

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Posted by on January 9, 2015 in Beer News


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