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Old 09-30-2013, 04:02 PM   #1
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Haven't been hanging out here much lately. Did a search and didn't find anything on this. A couple Microsoft guys came up with this system:
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:01 PM   #2
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There seems to be a lot more "brewing appliances" that are coming to the market, meant for people who want to press and have wort (or in some cases actual beer) come out.

BrewBot (Kickstarter Link Removed) is another.

While neither is something I'd be interested in myself, I do think more interest in making beer yourself is a good thing for the homebrewing hobby in general.

The more people that are interested in making beer (regardless of how it's made), the better for all of us. Imagine a day when there's a LHBS to buy supplies on every street corner (like today's convenience stores) and every one of your neighbors talking about what they've brewed up last. Now that would be cool!

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Old 09-30-2013, 05:13 PM   #3
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I think that is a very cool concept for the more casual beer nerd. I doesn't really interest me though because I actually like the "hands-on" aspects of brewing. This kind of saps most of the fun out of the process IMHO. I'd (almost) rather just go to the store and buy a sixer of craft brew and save $1300 or whatever this gizmo cost. OTOH I guess this is that far off from some of the more highly-automated rigs I've seen some people build on this site.

TLDR; great for beer nerds, probably not as much for brewers
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:42 PM   #4
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There seems to be a lot more "brewing appliances" that are coming to the market, meant for people who want to press and have wort (or in some cases actual beer) come out.

BrewBot (Kickstarter Link Removed) is another.


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Old 09-30-2013, 06:41 PM   #5
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FYI guys, the site owner requires a special kickstarter account in order to post kickstarter projects. Please PM TxBrew to set one up.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:43 PM   #6
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When the operator starts this bot up it reminds me of blinkenlights.
That is awesome!
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:43 PM   #7
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The great thing, I think, about a system like this is that it allows you to focus on a recipe while getting rid of a lot of potential process variation. Here is an article from the Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/busines...lumn30xml.html

I just had my first child and I quickly realized that I don't have time for the brewing process, but I still want to have my own recipes. With this, I can refine exactly what I want without worrying about a botched batch.

I ordered mine this morning and am super excited to get my hands on it.

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Old 09-30-2013, 08:06 PM   #8
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The one thing I do wonder about after reading the FAQ is Dimethyl Sulfide (DMS) which can give beer a sweet corn off-flavor.

The system appears like a (somewhat) closed system, but they do say:

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For DMS, the process itself seems to be very low in production. When the liquid is dropped into the step filter for the boil stage, there is plenty of opportunity for the DMS precursors to escape.
So doesn't sound like a vigorous boil? But somehow SMS is allowed to escape?

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The fact is, we have made hundreds of batches, and had many professional beer brewers come through our tasting room. They typically go through our taps trying to find that one beer that has off flavors from the brewing process. To date they walk away impressed.
Dunno. If I was using it, first batch would be a bo-pils with 100% pils malt just to see myself.

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Old 10-01-2013, 02:30 AM   #9
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FYI guys, the site owner requires a special kickstarter account in order to post kickstarter projects. Please PM TxBrew to set one up.
I'm sure there's a reason behind this rule but I do enjoy seeing this projects and checking out some of the innovations people may have come up with. As impractical as many of them might be, they do a good job of making you think outside the box.

I suppose as long as we don't start killing the thread completely or removing the project's name, Google will get me there.

 
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:05 PM   #10
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I almost bought one for the 1,599 today . It seems like a great machine to me . I am almost done brewing because I can not pick up the kettles and tun without hurting my back do to bad discs . So i looked at this . that would resolve the problem . Only thing is I do not want to have to brew 2.5 g at a time . but I guess if there is no work involved , 2 3.5 hour brews would do it and I could simply put them into a bucket and ferment them and bottle . this would leave the keg open for auto brewing another batch .
No kegging for me . I would have to buy too many kegs as I like to have 3 or 4 different beers going all the time .
CRAP ! I may still buy one now that I think more on it . 2K is still cheaper than a wheel chair when I destroy my back picking up them 8 gallon boils .
seems to have a lot of good reviews from breweries and others .

 
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