The PicoBrew Zymatic is a box which accepts a recipe and ingredients, then outputs a wort, which we call beer after it's been bottled together with a bit yeast and sits for a few weeks.
Why is such a tool created and deemed necessary? "This tool allows homebrewers to do something nearly impossible before: create and share precise, consistent, and repeatable brews."
Makes a good brew, and later making it again, is ridiculously complex - I've a bit of experience, so I can say that. The PicoBrew team understands this problem, "Brewing your own beer lies somewhere between science and alchemy. ... When it is (a good batch), it's also impossible to recreate."
To solve this problem, the PicoBrew team builds a system which manages the beer's build environment. They say, "If you want to brew consistently, you have to add control systems".
These last two statements are true for any product, not just beer. If you want to have confidence in your end-product, as any professional should, you must control the build environment. One of my hobby-projects, NixOS, is doing exactly this for building software, which is more complex than you think.
When can we purchase their machine? According to their website, picobrew.com
, it is available for preorder at $1700, and will ship in August 2014.
- +PicoBrew Zymatic
- Bill Mitchell of Picobrew explains the Zymatic brewing process