PicoBrew

Craft Brews

Brothers and home brewers Bill and Jim Mitchell created their own beer making machine when they both felt fed up with the inconsistent results they got. So they put their heads together—along with their backgrounds in food chemistry and appliance making—with engineer pal Avi Geiger to streamline the brewing process. PicoBrew simplifies home brewing so anyone can try it. The sleek appliance side-steps the major set-up and maintains control of each step, so you don’t have to. The hardest part might be picking which PicoPak to brew first. Each pod uses a recipe from popular craft breweries and contains the pre-measured hops, grain, and yeast needed to make an IPA, stout, or ale. Pop one in, and the PicoBrew takes it from there. After 2 hours of brewing in the machine and then a few weeks of fermentation, you've got your own brew.

PicoBrew

Craft Beer Brewing System

Craft Brews

Brothers and home brewers Bill and Jim Mitchell created their own beer making machine when they both felt fed up with the inconsistent results they got. So they put their heads together—along with their backgrounds in food chemistry and appliance making—with engineer pal Avi Geiger to streamline the brewing process. PicoBrew simplifies home brewing so anyone can try it. The sleek appliance side-steps the major set-up and maintains control of each step, so you don’t have to. The hardest part might be picking which PicoPak to brew first. Each pod uses a recipe from popular craft breweries and contains the pre-measured hops, grain, and yeast needed to make an IPA, stout, or ale. Pop one in, and the PicoBrew takes it from there. After 2 hours of brewing in the machine and then a few weeks of fermentation, you've got your own brew.
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Quick Questions

The Pico C includes both a fermentation and serving keg, correct?

That’s correct. The fermentation or "brew keg" is for brewing and fermenting. Once fermentation completes, the user pumps the beer to the serving keg, where it is carbonated and later served.

Is a CO2 tank included or do users need to purchase their own CO2 tank in order to carbonate the beer?

There is no CO2 included due to warehouse hazmat issues. For the Pico C, users carbonate the beer using a packet of sugars that comes with each PicoPak. If users would prefer to force-carbonate with CO2, a separate CO2 regulator is available for purchase on Picobrew.com.

Can you explain how the ABV and IBUs are adjustable with the premade pico packs? Is a yeast packet included in the box or do customers have to buy their own yeast packets?

The machine has the ability to adjust the boil, mash, and hop schedule during the brew, thereby affecting the amount of sugars released from the grain and bitterness/flavor released from the hops. The ABV and IBU adjustments are tweaks and have a certain range of influence over the final product.

Yes, yeast packets are included, and some of them benefit from refrigeration. We advise customers who don’t plan to brew their PicoPak right away to remove the yeast packet and store it in the fridge until they are ready to brew. The other items can remain at room temp.

Where are the hops & grain/malts being sourced for these pre-made packs? For the breweries you are partnering with, are they approving the "copy cat" recipes that you are putting forth or just allowing you to license the names?

We source ingredients from all over the world depending on what’s called for in each of our brewery recipes.

The breweries we partner with are full, contractual partnerships. We don’t produce any beers without their explicit consent, and they license not only their brands but also the recipes themselves to us.

Constant sanitation when brewing is very important, how do you account for this when using the machine?

Sanitation is still very important with the Pico system, though with less equipment, there is less cleaning and sanitation to do. The Pico machine has a built-in rinse cycle that runs after every brew, and for every 3 to 5 brew sessions, the user should use the built-in deep clean cycle, which requires some cleaning agents (also available on Picobrew.com). The brew keg is dishwasher safe. The serving keg can be thoroughly cleaned and rinsed by hand and reused a few times, but it is designed as a single serve vessel and should be replaced after a few to several batches.

Learn more about the product

Pico C Craft Beer Brewing Appliance see details

PicoBrew

Craft Beer Brewing System

Craft Brews

Brothers and home brewers Bill and Jim Mitchell created their own beer making machine when they both felt fed up with the inconsistent results they got. So they put their heads together—along with their backgrounds in food chemistry and appliance making—with engineer pal Avi Geiger to streamline the brewing process.

PicoBrew
simplifies home brewing so anyone can try it. The sleek appliance side-steps the major set-up and maintains control of each step, so you don’t have to.

The hardest part might be picking which PicoPak to brew first. Each pod uses a recipe from popular craft breweries and contains the pre-measured hops, grain, and yeast needed to make an IPA, stout, or ale. Pop one in, and the PicoBrew takes it from there. After 2 hours of brewing in the machine and then a few weeks of fermentation, you've got your own brew.
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Quick Questions

The Pico C includes both a fermentation and serving keg, correct?

That’s correct. The fermentation or "brew keg" is for brewing and fermenting. Once fermentation completes, the user pumps the beer to the serving keg, where it is carbonated and later served.

Is a CO2 tank included or do users need to purchase their own CO2 tank in order to carbonate the beer?

There is no CO2 included due to warehouse hazmat issues. For the Pico C, users carbonate the beer using a packet of sugars that comes with each PicoPak. If users would prefer to force-carbonate with CO2, a separate CO2 regulator is available for purchase on Picobrew.com.

Can you explain how the ABV and IBUs are adjustable with the premade pico packs? Is a yeast packet included in the box or do customers have to buy their own yeast packets?

The machine has the ability to adjust the boil, mash, and hop schedule during the brew, thereby affecting the amount of sugars released from the grain and bitterness/flavor released from the hops. The ABV and IBU adjustments are tweaks and have a certain range of influence over the final product.

Yes, yeast packets are included, and some of them benefit from refrigeration. We advise customers who don’t plan to brew their PicoPak right away to remove the yeast packet and store it in the fridge until they are ready to brew. The other items can remain at room temp.

Where are the hops & grain/malts being sourced for these pre-made packs? For the breweries you are partnering with, are they approving the "copy cat" recipes that you are putting forth or just allowing you to license the names?

We source ingredients from all over the world depending on what’s called for in each of our brewery recipes.

The breweries we partner with are full, contractual partnerships. We don’t produce any beers without their explicit consent, and they license not only their brands but also the recipes themselves to us.

Constant sanitation when brewing is very important, how do you account for this when using the machine?

Sanitation is still very important with the Pico system, though with less equipment, there is less cleaning and sanitation to do. The Pico machine has a built-in rinse cycle that runs after every brew, and for every 3 to 5 brew sessions, the user should use the built-in deep clean cycle, which requires some cleaning agents (also available on Picobrew.com). The brew keg is dishwasher safe. The serving keg can be thoroughly cleaned and rinsed by hand and reused a few times, but it is designed as a single serve vessel and should be replaced after a few to several batches.

Learn more about the product

Pico C Craft Beer Brewing Appliance see details