PicoBrew Pico Pro Craft Beer Brewing Appliance
PicoBrew Pico Pro Craft Beer Brewing Appliance
PicoBrew Pico Pro Craft Beer Brewing Appliance
PicoBrew Pico Pro Craft Beer Brewing Appliance

Pico Pro Craft Beer Brewing Appliance

  • Easy button allows you to brew any style of beer you want
  • Wi-Fi connected for automatic recipe downloads and brew status
  • Produce fresh craft beer in as little as a week
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Specifications

Details

Cleaning Instructions
Top Rack Dishwasher Safe
Color Family
Stainless Steel
Features
Digital Display
Flavor
Beer
Included
No Additional Items Included
Kitchen Product Type
Bar/Beverage Accessory
Returnable
90-Day
Style
Farmhouse,Modern,Rustic,Southwestern

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
1 year parts and labor

Product Overview

Pico Pro delivers perfectly crafted beer every time. The Pico Pro is an automated craft brewery that fits on your kitchen counter. You can brew 5 l of fresh craft beer at home in about 2 hours. Brew any style of beer you desire from IPAs to session ales to stouts to porters simply with the press of a button. Your creation will be fermented, carbonated, and ready to enjoy in a little over a week. The Pico Pro uses ready-to-brew PicoPaks that take the guesswork out of home brewing. PicoPaks include the perfect balance of pre-measured, fresh grains, hops, and yeast so you can brew award-winning beers from a growing list of over 150 large and small breweries around the world. You can even create your own custom beer with Freestyle PicoPaks. The Pico Pro recognizes each PicoPak and automatically follows the recipe to ensure perfect results, every time. The compact, and modern design of the Pico Pro fits comfortably on any kitchen or bar countertop. Heavy-gauge construction and a stainless-steel exterior means the Pico Pro will stand up to frequent use, while a straightforward interface makes brewing easy. The included kegs are kegerator-ready or you can keep your beer in a refrigerator and serve beer right from the keg using the CO2-powered party tap. The integrated steam cleaning cycle and dishwasher-safe components make cleanup simple. With a Pico Pro in your kitchen, you get the satisfaction of brewing your own beer conveniently and with minimal cleanup.
  • Brews 5 l of beer at a time the equivalent of 13 12 oz. bottles
  • Fine-tune the ABV (alcohol content) and IBU (bitterness level) of any PicoPak to your liking, or create a custom PicoPak with your own recipe of grains, hops, and yeast
  • 5-liter (5.2 Qt.) brewing capacity the equivalent of 13 12 oz. bottles or 10 pints of beer
  • Designed for homebrewing elites, the Pico Pro comes with two 6.6 l (1.75 Gal.) ball-lock kegs, easy to connect to your kegerator or the included CO2-powered party tap
  • Choose standard fermentation (about 10 days) or fast fermentation (5-7 days)
  • Professional CO2 force-carbonation system so you can enjoy your finished beer faster
  • Compact unit requires no assembly and fits on your kitchen counter
  • Built-in steam cleaning and dishwasher-safe components make clean-up simple
  • PicoPaks are biodegradable and compostable after use

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Customer Reviews

  • 14 Customer Reviews
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars overall
92% of customers recommended.
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It does make pretty good beer. It's also easier than traditional brewing and the quality of the d...
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It does make pretty good beer. It's also easier than traditional brewing and the quality of the device is very good. The stainless steel finish blends in well with other kitchen appliances. The 1.75 gallon corney kegs are nice and allow you to hook it up to a kegerator if you have one but also small enough to fit in the fridge. The small batch size is a plus for me as I don't drink much anymore and I can quickly change between beers. IPA's and other hoppy beers are popular in the US. These beers benefit from being served fresh. Being able to make it yourself ensures freshness. PicoBrew is the first company that has successfully brought an appliance like this to market and this isn't their first one. The temperature control is very precise. You can monitor the brew process on their website. You can even use the Pico for suse vide cooking with the included adapter. When you brew one of their PicoPaks you can make minor changes to bitterness and alcohol content. It does do step mashing and is capable of automating up to 4 hop additions plus dry hopping. The Half Squeezed IPA I brewed did a 2 step mash. It does not seem to have a sparge step. Customer support is fantastic. I've made wine in the past and have read up a bit on brewing but this was my first time actually attempting it (well pushing a button to make beer). I had a lot of questions to make sure things turned out right and their knowledgable support staff responded quickly. One of my major concerns was getting off flavors during fermentation. I was fermenting during a heat wave and high fermentation temperatures can be problematic. With their fast-fermentation adapter you ferment the beer under pressure which allows you to ferment at higher temperatures without the yeast producing off flavors. I still tried to keep my fermentation temp in the slower range but I fermented under pressure after discussing it with support. Quality is very good and the machine looks great. Did run into a couple of issues. The tap was missing a hose clamp which was an easy fix. The hose that's supposed to suck up the water at the top of the reservoir was just a hair short and I felt I was stretching it. I also couldn't suck up all the water and needed to wipe it up with a paper towel. The biggest issue was that after brewing I found a big dry spot in one of the corners. Given the already low efficiency of the Pico that was a tad concerning. It seems others have had this problem too. You still have to do some cleaning then ferment and carbonate the beer. You will make your wort (unfermented beer) in about 2.5 hours but it'll be over a week or 2 before you can drink it. You need to buy a PicoPak to make beer. It has all the ingredients you need except distilled water and CO2. They have breweries around the country providing them with recipes so you can try beers that you may not be able to get locally. You can also make your own recipe in a FreeStyle PicoPak. The web interface for doing that is very easy to use and gives you an idea what your beer will look and taste like. The PicoPaks aren't cheap. Part of the reason is the Pico has a fairly low brewhouse efficiency of just under 50% based on analyzing the recipes. That means more grains which means more money. For comparison traditional home brewers can get efficiencies of 65-80% or more. If you buy your craft beers by the glass or growler you will save money with PicoPaks. If you're buying by the can or bottle in 6-packs, probably not. PicoBrew has another larger machine called Zymatic that allows you to use your own ingredients and make your own recipes. As far as I can tell the Pico uses much the same hardware to brew smaller batches but the software prevents you from doing that plus you'll need some reusable baskets like Keureg My K-Cups has for their brewers. This is a real shame for me. I make my own things when I can. Everything from homemade Greek yogurt to furniture. When I DIY I do it because I can make something better, cheaper, customized to my needs or a combination of those. Easier isn't on the list because I enjoy the process. The Pico doesn't really fit the bill for me. I really wish they would make it more like a Zymatic JR. The benefits of doing all grain brewing are customization and cheaper batches. Again the Pico doesn't give you that. It might have made more sense to figure out how to make customized extracts and a cheaper machine to boil and time additions. If you're going to make an awesome machine that can do all grain brewing I say let it be awesome instead of crippling it. If you live in an area where getting good craft beer is difficult and you're not interested in home brewing this might be good for you. I'm within walking distance of 30 craft beers on tap, hundreds in cans and bottles. 15 minute drive from at least 3 breweries that I know of. I enjoy visiting breweries and touring their facilities. It does make beer conveniently, I'm just the type of person that wants it to make my beer and I want more freedom than PicoPaks allow. Currently there seem to be limted options for yeast, Safale US-05, Saison, K97, S-23 depending on what style of beer you choose. There should be an option for "none" so you can buy your own locally. The types of grain currently available are limited but there's a decent selection to choose from. For grains you have 2-row pale, pilsner, Maris Otter ale malt, CaraPils, Crystal 120L, Crystal 60L, Crystal 80L, Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt, Wheat Malt (White), Vienna Malt and Rye. Current hops available are Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Saaz, Summit, Simcoe, Northern Brewer and Amarillo. You need to connect with their servers for it to work which can be an issue. If anything changes, company goes under, they change product focus, new investors or owners take over, etc it's possible that the machine no longer works or suits your needs. This has already happened with some wifi security cameras. PicoBrew says they will do things like release the server software if this every happens but they might not be in control at that point. They also said they would open source the firmware for the Zymatic but that never happened. Allow direct control through an app or similar, allow users to make their own recipes and use their own ingredients and I'd be much happier. Even just disposable empty Paks but that seems wasteful. Especially since it seems consumers are already paying for the hardware that could make that possible. I'd still buy the occassional PicoPak for convenience and variety. If brewhouse efficiency could be brought up to about 63% the same grain pack and equipment could brew 18 bottles of beer. That would make PicoPaks more cost competitive with buying 6-packs. There's a newer, cheaper model coming out that's easier to clean. It does what it says it would do. It just seems like the people that would be interested in it are such a small segment that I can't recommend this product. Either wait for the next model to save money or get the Zymatic for more money and beer. If you need stainless steel looks and have kegging equipment that would benefit from this model, you can't get craft beer locally then this is the model for you. If this was a "Zymatic JR" it would get a much higher rating from me.
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This brewing machine is very well designed and allows you to pretty easily brew your own beer at ...
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This brewing machine is very well designed and allows you to pretty easily brew your own beer at home. The Pico Pro is targeted toward people who either haven't done home brewing before or don't want the hassle of the numerous pieces of equipment and ingredients that you will need to make a quality draught. The PicoBrew website has a marketplace where you can buy a large number of micro brew recipes in what is called a "Pico Pak". This box will include all ingredients you will need for the particular beer as well as yeast and a temporary sticker to put on your keg when the beer is done. On initial setup, the machine will be connected to your wifi so it can retrieve recipes. It then automatically detects each kind of beer when you put the PicoPak inside and does the brewing all on its own basically with the push of a button. The brew process can be followed online (they're working on an app) and you can see what else is being brewed around the world. You will need to collect a few other items to begin brewing that aren't included. These are distilled water, hydrogen peroxide, sterile water or vodka (to prevent contamination during fermentation), food grade CO2 cylinders (74 gram), and scent free powder dishwasher detergent for cleaning. The instructions seem a little ominous at first read through but the machine gives you plenty of help. When you're actually doing it, it's easy. Brew time is 2-3 hours depending on the recipe; some beers allow you to change the alcohol content and bitterness. Expect the whole process to take roughly two weeks from start to first glass. While each step only takes a few minutes of your time, the beer needs time to cool after brewing, 7-10 days to ferment (less if you use the included fast fermentation technique), and at least 36 hours to carbonate. Most hands on time is actually spent with cleaning the different components which the instructions make sure is very meticulous in order to produce quality beers. Two kegs are included, one for brewing and one for serving after transferring (racking), cooling and carbonating. If you want to have continuous beers available, you could buy a third keg on their website to keep a steady rotation. Each keg holds up to 1.75 gallons which for me has equated to about 14 mugs worth of beer. The Pico Pro is really an intriguing machine. You will like it.
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This month, I got a chance to try out the new Pico Pro upgrade kit for the PicoBrew machine (coll...
This month, I got a chance to try out the new Pico Pro upgrade kit for the PicoBrew machine (collectively sold here as as one product, the PicoBrew Pico Pro machine with accessories included). I'm an owner of the original PicoBrew machine, which I backed on Kickstarter in 2015 and I received in September of 2016. Since then, Pico has released the Pico Pro set, the Pico Pro upgrade kit for existing Pico owners, and the less expensive -- but equally awesome, from the looks of it -- Pico C appliance. The Pico Pro upgrade kit is just that: a pro upgrade to an already fun and convenient brewing appliance. It contains a brewing keg to use for serving your beer, as opposed to the less durable serving keg that comes with original Pico set. The original serving keg is only supposed to last for a few brews, and then a new one must be purchased. I had trouble regulating the CO2 on that one, and found it rusting after only three brews. The plastic pieces on the original serving keg were also weak links -- the plastic bung vent piece in particular began to fray after my very first brew, and by some miracle has just barely held on in the five brews that followed. Well, the Pico Pro kit removes that serving keg from the equation entirely, as the keg it comes with is identical to the highly durable brewing keg that came with the original appliance. This also means some additional accessories will be required. For racking from one brew keg to the other, there is a tube with ball-lock adaptors on both sides. There's a new CO2 regulator not just for serving, but also for the racking process should you choose to use it. This eliminates the need to pull out the whole Pico appliance just for the racking process -- you can hook up the CO2 regulator, insert a CO2 cartridge, and pump in the CO2 to get the beer flowing from the brewing keg to the new serving keg. Simple! Then, you can switch the regulator over to the new serving keg and force carbonate with it in just 36 hours. Finally, the new Pico Pro upgrade kit includes a "party tap" accessory for the serving part once the beer is ready to drink. This is a much appreciated improvement from the original serving keg's little plastic spout. It makes the beer come out much more smoothly, combined with the new CO2 regulator. Both brewing and serving the beer seem so much better and more enjoyable with the new Pico Pro upgrade kit, and I highly recommend it for all of my fellow PicoBrewers. For those reading this that do not yet have a PicoBrew machine, there are a few things I'd like to point out that I think the manual could do a better job of describing. Maybe most importantly, you should run a rinse cycle before every brew. The manual says to do a deep clean cycle after every three brews or so, but you should also run the deep clean cycle after every 3 weeks or so where the machine isn't in use. The full pack of yeast is far too much for the small amount of beer that the Pico makes -- you only need about a teaspoon or even 1/2 tsp of the dry yeast that is included. Better yet, use a different yeast (and still only a small amount, like 1 tsp) -- the yeast included with all of the PicoPaks gives a bit of a fruity flavor, especially amplified if the whole pack is used. You should cold-crash your beer after fermentation is complete -- let it sit in the fridge for two days before doing the racking process to the serving keg; this helps bring any solids in your beer to the bottom, and ultimately leads to a cleaner, clearer pour. Also, I found better results when I let the beer "fast ferment" at longer periods of time than what is stated in the manual, and do not dry hop after only four days -- dry hop after about a week or more, for another 3 or 4 days before cold-crashing and racking. All of these tips were learned in combination of trial and error for myself, and mostly from brewers much smarter than me in the unofficial PicoBrewers Facebook group, which you should most definitely join if you own or are at all interested in owning a PicoBrew appliance, or the flagship Pico Zymatic. To conclude, I love being an owner of the PicoBrew machine, and the Pico Pro upgrade kit just made the whole thing even better. I highly recommend the Pico Pro upgrade kit to existing PicoBrew owners, as well as the entire PicoBrew Pico Pro set to those who are new to Pico. *disclaimer: I was provided with an advanced Pico Pro set in exchange for writing an honest review.
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I am a Craft Beer FANATIC. I also have a few friends that brew their own beers, and have seen th...
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I am a Craft Beer FANATIC. I also have a few friends that brew their own beers, and have seen their setups, and the hours upon hours required to brew. No Thank You. And then i saw the PicoBrew. Advertised as a brewery in your kitchen, this one small, counter-top device is supposed to allow one to brew all the beer one wants, with the smallest possible footprint. I was ecstatic, and couldn't wait! Here's what attracted me to the PicoBrew, and its strengths as a system. #1) Size Normal home brewing requires a garage full of equipment: vats, burners, mixers, fermenters, etc etc. Much too much equipment for my small one bedroom apartment with no garage. The PicoBrew touts the entire brewing experience utilizing a small counter-top device and a bit o' space in your fridge. Excellent! #2) Scale Being a craft beer fan, obviously i enjoy my beer. Another major problem with standard home brew is that you brew 5-gallon batches at a time. That's over 50 glasses of beer that i then would have to drink. And since i live alone, it would be mostly ME doing the drinking. That is simply not good. With PicoBrew, the kegs are a bit over 6 liters, providing around 12-15 full pints of beer. That's a much more palatable number for someone that lives alone, and my waistline will thank me for it. #3) Ease My buddy likes to reserve the better part of a Sunday to brew his beer, and usually makes a production out of the entire affair. Occasionally, it gets sweltering hot, and stirring boiling liquid in a garage is a sweaty nightmare. With the PicoBrew, you just pop in the Pico Packs, press a button, and walk away. Progress is monitored remotely, and when the brewing is done, you'll be informed. No hot stove, and no hours wasted. Just a perfectly pre-programmed brewing experience. So with an amazing system like this, what's there to complain about? Well, for starters, the brewing is just one part of it. You are still left with two other pressing issues that will make-or-break each and every batch of your beer: Fermenting and Cleaning. FERMENTING Despite being billed essentially as an "instant brewery," the fact is that beer is beer. And to get beer, you can't take shortcuts. Beer needs to ferment. And that takes time. LOTS of time. When you've just brewed, and are antsy to try out your new brew, TOO BAD. You will have to wait an absolute minimum of 5 days with 10 days for standard fermentation. Plus crashing, racking, and carbonating. It's essentially TWO WEEKS before you'll be able to taste your latest creation. And that is a LONG, LONG turn around time. Lots of patience required. Along with perfect temperature conditions, of course. Your fridge won't cut it. And room temperature varies far to much during the day to guarantee anything near a consistent result. This means you'll have to invest in SOMETHING to help you keep your been at a consistent temperature during fermentation which means more purchased equipment. CLEANING The PicoBrew system doesn't offer much cleaning assistance post brew. Sure it saves on pots being used during mashing and what not. But you still need to clean everything afterwards. And not just clean. But scrub and sanitize, so nary a single piece of bacteria can possibly taint your next batch. It's the bane of home brewing, and it's still a pain in the neck here as well, albeit on a smaller scale. BREWING EXPERIENCE For my first batch i went with the Tweeties (wheat beer) what was included in the base package. I followed the instructions to a 'T' and attempted fast fermentation. That was a bit tricky because my apartment temperature easily fluctuates 15 degrees between day and night. This is not conducive to happy yeast. So my beer came out a bit "cardboard-y" and flat. Despite that, my home brewing friends said i did a fantastic job for my very first beer. Success! Lessons Learned: Don't be greedy and fast ferment. Carbonate longer. My second batch was an online purchased Pico Pack from PicoBrew.com. Presently, offerings are slim with a little over 50, but there are LOTS of "coming soon" beers, so i am very much looking forward to those. This time i chose a coca vanilla porter. I also opted for a standard fermentation, which required some creativity. I had a spare cube fridge that wasn't being used, and purchased a temperature controller off of E-bay. This allowed the controller to cycle the fridge on/off whenever the temperature got too high. After about 9 days of fermenting at 69F, the temperature range ended up being +-2F, which is fantastic. Lessons Learned: Don't play with the recipe TOO much from the default. Pitch as soon as possible. My third beer was a Red Ale Pico Pack. I feel I've got the front-end process down pat. Result? This red had an incredible toasted aroma, with an excellent malty flavor. The first half of the taste was rich and delicious. The second half, unfortunately, was a bit flat and again had a "cardboard-y" taste to it. I was absolutely sure i nailed all of the main parts, so what could have gone wrong? After enjoying most of this beer with a friend i gave up on it for just about 5 days. When i came back to it, there was only a glass and a half left. However, i feel that the cardboard taste and flatness were gone, giving the beer a much smoother finish. Lessons Learned: After carbonation, let the beer sit for a few days. This requires even MORE patience and waiting, which sucks. However, i believe this will most definitely help with future batches. PicoBrew.com has an on-line community where people report on their methodology, successes and failures. The "let the beer sit longer" is a recurring theme, so i am hopeful for the future. SUMMARY Brewing beer is an art. It takes time, patience, and experience. The PicoBrew helps out tremendously with easing the front-end brewing process. The actual boiling/mashing/brewing has become effortless, with most variables controlled. But the back end still has to be watched closely and adjusted. This appliance can't help you with that. You must essentially figure it out on your own. It is pretty cool to monitor the brewing process/stages online, however this appliance REQUIRES WIFI in order to even turn on. Don't buy this if you're trying to save time or money. You simply can't beat the minimal effort & cost of buying a perfect beer from the store. This appliance is for someone that loves the art of brewing, but is short on space and time. Waiting for the beer to be ready will kill you.
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This is like brewing beer with an "Easy Button." I used to homebrew in my garage, but it takes a...
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This is like brewing beer with an "Easy Button." I used to homebrew in my garage, but it takes a lot of prep work and space, and it can be messy. This really makes it possible to brew with no mess, and right on the kitchen counter. Pretty much everything is included, minus the CO2 if you want it, and maybe a bucket. Instructions are clear and easy to follow with good illustrations, and I'm pretty sure you could brew a great beer even if you've never done it before. The system gives you plenty of options, for example you can do standard or quick fermentation; force carbonate with CO2, or go natural; etc. Actual brewing is accomplished using "PicoPaks" which are self contained, biodegradable containers that have all the ingredients - hops, wheat, barley, or whatever your brew requires. When you buy a Pak for a particular brew, everything is in it, including yeast etc. The whole thing is compostable when done. One part that I have a complaint about is the tray that holds the Pak (what they call the Step Filter). It is made of polycarbonate, and the manufacturer confirmed that it contains BPA. Hot water contacts this piece, and I don't think that is good. Also, the holes in the lid, and the edges, appear to be drilled / machined, and there were splinters of plastic inside the tray, and the machined edges were very sharp and brittle. Aside from the Step Filter, overall the setup is well thought out, and the pieces are high quality. The volume is somewhat smaller, and this is great for an individual or couple who likes to brew. Obviously it's not going to be something you share in quantity. Now for something completely different, the instructions show you how to use the Pico for sous vide cooking. I don't think I would want meat in my brewer, but technically it would make a great cooker. Anyway my first batch of "countertop beer" was Rogue Dead Guy Ale. I took all the shortcuts to make it as fast as possible because, well, who wants to wait for beer? I ended up with a great malty ale, and it tasted like something that I normally would have taken a lot more work. I was not disappointed.
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I've had the Pico Pro for 6 months now and have to say it's the best brewing equipment purchase I...
I've had the Pico Pro for 6 months now and have to say it's the best brewing equipment purchase I've made! I used to brew 6.5 gallon all grain batches but after getting married and getting a house I found that I had little time for a 6hr brew day. Storing all of that equipment takes up precious space as well. The Pico Pro fits nicely on my countertop. Additional equipment and Picopaks fit in cupboards nearby and when I'm ready to brew I can get set up in about 5 mins. The brew process is as easy as selecting your recipe, adding distilled water and pressing start. There are a wide variety of styles and recipes available on the BrewMarketplace and more are being added all the time. One of the great things about this machine is the ability to make beer that you might not otherwise have access to. Some of the smallest breweries sometimes make the best beers and you can make them at home with the Pico Pro. If you want more variety, you do have a choice to alter standard recipies slighlty before brewing but if I'm going to make something different I opt for the Custom Pico Paks. By selecting my own hops and grains from Pico's website, I can make custom recipes paks. I like to scale down my old all grain recipes and make them into Pico Paks. Contrary to what I have seen posted on some forums - this machine does all grain brewing- not extract, not syrup! After about 2.5 hrs you are left with a little more than 5 litres of wort in a fermentation keg and a used Pico Pak. While the keg is cooling you simply dump the Pico Pak grains in the compost. Add some more water to the machine and run a rinse cycle -and you're done cleanup! Every few brew Pico Pro will prompt you to run a deep clean which requires a dishwasher pak - no special cleaners to buy! You can put your keg in a waterbath to speed up cooling, put it out in the snow or just wait 24hrs. Either way, once it's cooled add you yeast and let it ferment. There are two options to ferment -with the standard old school "bubbler" or with their special fast ferment lid and pressure relief valve. I usually like to ferment at 70F so I don't usually use the fast ferment option but it is great for wheats and saison when you want to up the temp and get some fruity, wild flavours suitable for those styles. Temperature plays a big role in how the final beer will taste and the stick on thermometer Pico provides makes it easy to monitor keg temperature at a glance. When fermentation is complete, put the whole mini keg in the fridge for 24hrs, to allow the yeast to drop to the bottom. Then transfer off the yeast using the quick connect transfer tube to another brew keg. Connect the CO2 regulator to force carbonate. This sounds like a lot of work but each step takes just a couple of minutes. After 36hrs of carbonation, connect the party tap and you're ready to drink the freshest beer you can get! Though the Brew Marketplace has a wide variety of Picopaks there are a few ways I have found to add my own twist. You can suspend a muslin bag in keg during the boil, adding spice, citrus rind, hop, etc. You can go to your local homebrew store and purchase any yeast you want to get the flavour you are looking for. Final cleanup of the fermentation keg takes a little more effort - removing the posts with a ratchet and getting your hand inside the keg to be sure that every little ledge and spot if clean. I mixed up out and in post after keg cleaning- be careful not to do this. They will screw on but later you'll find that the appropriate quick connect will no longer connect! Just keep them separate or clean them one at a time to avoid this mistake - nonetheless - they're easy to switch back to the correct positions. Overall - I love the machine! It's much easier, cleaner and quicker than all grain brewing the old way and I love the final product! I can still make some of my old recipes using the Freestyle Picopaks and I can get creative with a few tweaks to yeast, dry hopping and boil additions. Can't wait to try more Pico Paks from interesting breweries from all over the world! Cheers, Malcolm
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For full disclosure, I was sent the PicoBrew Pro by the PicoBrew company in order to give this re...
For full disclosure, I was sent the PicoBrew Pro by the PicoBrew company in order to give this review. I am however going to be completely honest in my review of the PicoBrew Pro. I was part of the initial Kickstarter for the PicoBrew Pico. I have been using it since I received it with excellent results. It has become routine to brew, ferment, rack my beer using the Pico system and then force carbonating my beer using the original system. I received my Pico Pro in the mail and two days later, due to surgery, I was able to brew another batch. This time it was Dead Guy Ale. Now, the brewing method is exactly the same. You will brew and ferment your beer the exact same way. Nothing has changed in that. What changes is the method of racking and carbonating (Though with carbonation you now have three choices.) First, the racking. You can still do it the old way but you could also use the new CO2 regulator provided with the Pico Pro. With this method, you are using the CO2 to rack your beer. There is another difference in the Pro method. You are not racking to the “normal” keg that was provided with the original. You are given a second “fermentation” keg to rack your beer into. Both kegs come with the same red and gray pressure release valves so you can use either keg for either job so there is no worrying about which one you grabbed, there is no difference. Following the directions, you will hook up the CO2 regulator and the provided racking tube and then use the CO2 to force the beer into the new keg. Now, I had one small issue with this and it is simply a lesson learned. When the directions say to stop as soon as you see air…….STOP as SOON as you see air, otherwise you may get a little bit of the sediment into your fresh keg. Once done, you unhook, cleanup and move on to carbonating. Second, carbonation. You still have the original two methods, sugar or force carbonation. Force carbonation is a little different only in that you need to use the new CO2 regulator, otherwise no change. In order to get the full experience, I did neither of these methods. I used the new carbonate as you serve method. Following instructions, I hooked up the CO2 regulator and the serving tube put it to the proper pressure and poured my beer. I set the pressure at 12 and the carbonation was great. A small word of advice on this though….the pressure will be up a bit when serving. Keep the head of the spout in the glass that first serve. I had no issues pouring the beer out and enjoying a good glass. Overall impressions for the Pico Pro. I like it. I like racking my beer to the second keg and then serving it out with CO2 versus force carbonating. The only real fault I had with the original Pico was the keg. Don’t get me wrong, I like my Pico but I have to say that they definitely improved things with the Pro. The CO2 might cost a bit more because it is a far larger cartridge, but I was able to transfer and serve my beer with the same cartridge, and there may be enough for a second transfer but I might have to report on that later.
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The pico pro is by far the easiest way to make fresh home brew right in your kitchen. There is v...
The pico pro is by far the easiest way to make fresh home brew right in your kitchen. There is virtually no mess and brewing is as simple as adding a grain pack, hops pack, water, and pressing the brew button. 3 hours later you have perfect wort ready for fermentation. Biggest advantage to the pro is the ability to transfer in a closed loop using CO2 so not to expose you beer to oxygen. It also allows for dispensing from the ball lock kegs. The extra CO2 regulator also makes for a great portable option to take your keg of beer on the go. Number 1 tip I would say is to not use the included yeast, but rather buy liquid yeast from your local home brew store. The included yeast will work and produce beer, but I have found using different strains of liquid yeast produce better results. Overall after close to 50 batches on my pico, super happy with my purchase and love the beer it produces. Cheers!
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I have never brewed beer before, but I have fermented other things such as kimchi, apple cider vi...
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I have never brewed beer before, but I have fermented other things such as kimchi, apple cider vinegar, etc, so I know how the process of fermentation works. I was interested to see how this machine works. Assembly: It comes out of the box ready to go. Brewing beer: There is an online pdf of step by step instructions on how to brew the beer. There is an initial setup to connect to your WIFI, registration, and setting your location. I imagine that this has to do with altitude for the brewing. Then there's the first rinse. You need to have about 3 gallons of purified water for the entire brew process. The first rinse takes about 10 minutes and it cleans out the system. You attach the keg to machine and follow the the directions from the readout on the machine. Next, you insert the brew pak into the step filter. The brew pak has a little metal thin disk that the machine reads to tell it what type of beer you're brewing. You add the purified water to the keg and reservoir, press and button and what a few hours for the whole brew process. You can follow the process on their website once you log in. After, you wait a day for the keg to cool, then add the yeast. Then you wait for fermentation. Some beers you need to add hops after 3 days. When fermentation is finished, you refrigerate for 36 hours, then you rack the beer. This means you transfer it to another keg. After racking you can force carbonate with CO2 cartridge (which I did) or wait another few weeks and carbonate by adding sugar. In the end, it worked and I brew some decent beer (Half-Squeezed IPA). After each stage, you need to clean the equipment,which wasn't so hard. You can tweek some of the brew paks, but really, you just order the paks you want. This might not be for the hard-core brewer, but for the weekend brewer who doesn't know a lot about brewing beer, this is a good product. Customer service is via email. They respond within a day. I read many reviews before I tried this out. Some compare it to cartridge coffee machines. This is not true. There is more work involved. Others said that you could just go out and buy craft beer cheaper and without the hassle of brewing. That may be true, but there's something to be said about taking the time to brew your own beer. This machine facilitates the process.
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I am originally from Germany and I have always loved good beer. Over the years, I have looked at ...
I am originally from Germany and I have always loved good beer. Over the years, I have looked at some home brewing options, but it always seemed to be too complicated or too time consuming. Not anymore! The Pico Pro allows me to make great tasting, professional grade beer in a home environment. What sets the Pico Pro appliance apart? For starters, it delivers everything you need. But, it doesn't stop there. It also adds some "pro" components. For example, it includes a transfer hose that allows you to transfer the beer from your fermentation keg to your serving keg. Furthermore, it includes a gas powered party tap that keeps your beer carbonated and fresh! How about the brewing process? It is dead simple. Add a Pico Pack of your choice (you can find a lot of different breweries on their web page including some fairly well known ones like Rogue or Bad Jimmy), make some adjustments to suit your personal taste (increase/decrease bitterness and alcohol content), add water and press the button to start the brew process. In about two hours your brewing process completes and you are ready to start the fermentation process by adding some yeast (included with the Pico Pack) once you have cooled down the wort. For the fermentation process you can decide to use slow or fast fermentation (it decreases the fermentation time to about 4-5 days with minimum impact on flavor). Just a few days later, you are ready to transfer your beer from the fermentation keg to the serving keg using the gas powered transfer hose. Once done, you can put some pressure on the keg using the included party keg. The last part is the most difficult one: You have to wait until the beer is nice and cold (I would recommend to wait about 20 hours). Finally, it is time to enjoy your first home brew!
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