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I really love being able to blog about things I love and am passionate about – especially when it comes to BEER! I love trying new and hard-to-find beers whenever I can. Today, I thought I’d mix it up a little bit and talk about an ever-increasing trend across the world – home brewing craft beers! I’ve never tried it before, but the concept of it is intriguing.
In today’s post, I am covering the Pico by PicoBrew. Now this fancy machine isn’t playing around when it comes to home brewing. You see it in the quality of the beer and in the price of the product. If you are serious about home brewing, Pico is just the product for you. You can have your own home-brewed beer in as little as one week!
What’s included with Pico?
- Pico brewing machine
- User manual
- One (1) PicoPak (each PicoPak costs between $19-$30)
- One (1) Brewing Keg
- One (1) Dispensing Keg
- Brewing keg seal, stopper, and keg lid
- Keg Cozy for maintaining brewing temperature
- Fast Fermentation Adapter for decreasing fermentation time
- Dispensing keg plug
- Dip tube brush for brewing keg cleaning
- (2) Keg Wands for system cleaning
- Racking tube for transferring wort from brewing keg to dispensing keg
- CO2 regulator and adapter for dispensing keg
- Cleaning tablets for deep cleaning
- Sous Vide Adapter
How to get started brewing with Pico
Before you start brewing, you have to set up your own PicoBrew account online, link the unit to your new account, and finally connecting the unit to Wi-Fi (cool, huh?). Once you’ve done the techy stuff, the real fun can finally begin!
How long does it take to brew?
According to PicoBrew’s website, the brew cycle takes about 2 hours, depending on which PicoPak you are using. Once the brew cycle is over, the fermenting process will take about 5 days to complete. From the moment you start until you are able to pour a pint, the total process takes about one week. The unit will brew about 5 liters of beer.
What kind of customization options are available?
There aren’t many customization options for Pico at this time, but according to their website, there are 3 ways to customize your brews.
- Customize the bitterness and/or ABV percentage
- Purchase the Freestyle PicoPak to select the hops, grains, yeast, and amounts of each.
- Create your own totally custom PicoPaks by joining the PicoBrew Developers Program.
How much does it cost?
The Pico runs $799, but between now and March 31, 2017, PicoBrew has a discount of $200 off Pico! To get the discount, use my referral link here!
I’ve reached out to PicoBrew to inquire about receiving a Pico for purposes of providing an honest review. I haven’t received a response yet, but if I do get my hands on one, I’ll post a review of it!