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PicoBrew Pico C Craft Beer Brewing Machine

$549.00

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Brewing the freshest craft beer has never been easier – and tastier. With the Pico Model C you can brew 5 liters of the finest beers right on your countertop. Your brew will be fermented, carbonated, and ready to enjoy in as little as two weeks. Best of all, you have the control over the homebrewing process without the complex equipment, hoses, buckets, and bottles. Craft any beer style you want - from IPA's to session ales to stouts and porters – simply with the push of a button.

Please allow 1-3 weeks for delivery, as the Pico Model C will ship directly from the manufacturer.
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The Pico Model C uses ready-to-brew PicoPak ingredient packs that allows you to brew fresh, brewery quality craft beers from the convenience of your own home. 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. Choose from an ever-growing list of your favorite craft beers from the PicoBrew Brewmarketplace, or create your own with the Freestyle PicoPaks. The Pico Model C will recognize each of the PicoPaks and will automatically follow the recipe to guarantee perfect results, every time. Craft a variety of fresh beer your way every day of the week and serve right from the included kegs.

The sleek, compact and modern design of the Pico allows it to fit comfortably on any kitchen or bar countertop, matching the decor of any home. The expertly engineered Pico brings the brewing process to life, and with minimal cleanup and attention needed, it is the perfect accompaniment for your next party, family holiday, or big game. Be the envy of all your beer drinking friends with the new Pico, which gives you the freedom to brew the impossible.

Features:

  • Brews 5 liters (5.2 qt.) of beer at a time.
  • Choose PicoPaks—kits with premeasured grains, hops and yeast—from more than 100 award-winning recipes from breweries around the world.
  • Adjust ABV (alcohol content) and IBU (bitterness level) of any brew.
  • Choose Standard Fermentation (about 10 days) or Fast Fermentation (6-7 days).
  • Professional CO2 force-carbonation system so you can enjoy your finished beer faster (C02 regulator sold seperately).
  • Compact unit requires no assembly and sits on kitchen counter.
  • Built-in steam cleaning simplifies sanitization.
  • Use the Pico C’s sous vide function to elevate your foods as well as your brews for gourmet preparation of meats, eggs and vegetables.
  • PicoPaks are biodegradable and compostable after use.
  • Online tools available for recipe creation and customization.

PicoBrew Pico C Brewing Machine: 16" x 12" x 14" (H x W x D)

POWER SOURCE: (electric, battery, hand powered, etc.)

Voltage: 110-120V. 15A maximum current.

Pico Model C contains:

  • Pico C brew keg with quick connectors
  • 16 character x 2-line OLED display
  • Black-powder-coated finish
  • Fast fermentation only
  • Keg conditioning only (or purchase CO2 regulator separately)
  • Serves in 5-liter mini keg
  • Sous vide in brew keg
  • Includes:

  • Black Pico C
  • Black and stainless steel Pico C brew keg
  • (1) 5-liter serving keg
  • Step filter and lid
  • Accessory kit:

  • Quick start guide
  • Black and stainless steel Pico C brew keg
  • (1) Fermentation temp decal
  • Dispensing bung plug
  • Racking tube
  • Pico C keg cozy
  • Cleaning tab
  • *PicoPaks sold separately.

    Please allow 1-3 weeks for delivery, as the Pico C will ship directly from the manufacturer.
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    Who ever thought making beer would be just that easy!
    Have you ever wanted to brew your own beer but didn't want the hassle or commitment to all the stuff to be a home brewer?
    The PicoBrew is you answer!
    Instead of having to go outside with an open flame and try to make 5 gallons of something you may not like, PicoBrew has made brewing beer almost as easy as making a pot of coffee.
    The PicoBrew is self contained and easily fits on your counter.
    It automatically detects the beer type from the Pico Pak and you can adjust the subtle flavor of the beer.
    From brewing that takes around 3 hours, to fermenting (1 to 2 weeks) and then adding CO2 (like the ones for paint guns), you will have your own brewed beer.
    There is a large variety of flavors of beers through the pico brew.com site. You can even create your own recipe.
    I have been brewing for many years and there are times in which you want to do something easy & quick. That is the perfect time for Pico Brew C.
    I have been using my Pico brew since it was launched via the Kickstarter. I love the ease and the quick clean up.
    You make your beer cheaper than the craft 4 pack in the stores at 10 or 12 bucks.
    November 21, 2017
    Great Customer Service who will answer any questions
    I received the Pico C at the start of October and have already brewed 3 beers and cooked with the Sous Vide functionality. First and foremost, this unit is easy to use. Brewing is simple and does not take a lot of your hands-on time. The biggest misconception I have seen with others about my machine is the fact that the beer still takes time to ferment and carbonate. The 2 or so hours to brew is just the first component. Expect another week or two before the beer is ready for you to share with friends. Depending on the beer you can have a timetable going where one beer is fermenting in the brew keg while the previous beer is finishing carbonation and being served. Make sure you have replacement serving keg plugs, however as these are one-time use.

    Cleaning between brews, whether it is the quick or deep clean, is simple and straightforward. The machine walks you through almost all steps on the display for whatever operation you are performing. While this is nice I still find myself looking at the manual, which is only available online, for some of the charts and timing information.

    Cooking with the Sous vide functionality is an added benefit. While other products utilize something attached to the size of a container to Sous Vide there are multiple discussions about having to add balls to the water or lids with custom holes to reduce the evaporation. The Pico C takes care of this by utilizing the step filter container to perform the cook. The only possible issue with this is that the size of the step filter cannot increase for larger cooks. I was able to cook 4 125ml jars with eggs in them without issue but adding more might pose issues.
    November 17, 2017
    Every homebrewer needs a Pico!
    I am an avid traditional homebrewer and when I came across the Pico I was amazed at the pure, streamlined automation of this machine. I was an original early bird Kickstarter for the model C and have been blown away by its performance, ease of use as well as ease of cleanup. The brewing keg and step filter are completely dishwasher safe and that saves a ton of cleanup time. Also, I really enjoy the connections of the C. I do not have to mess around with ball locks and deal with the issues that come with them. I have brewed three packs so far since the unit arrived in October and the only slight negative for me is the batch size. I would like more beer haha! Anyhow, I am excited for the future of this product especially with the pending release of the PicoFirm fermentation computer. This unit will be able to streamline the fermentation process for our Pico. I am very excited to continue to use my Pico C and I am also looking forward to more experimenting with bottling and secondary fermentation techniques.
    November 17, 2017
    Not perfect but still pretty awesome
    I've had my Pico model C for a few weeks and just started my 3rd batch of beer. Overall it's exceeded my expectations. When my unit arrived the serving keg was dented, but Pico immediately sent a new one when I told them (and the old one's still usable, just a bit harder to clean). Setup and initial cleaning was easy. Pico's online documentation is good; they have some videos as well that were helpful but not 100% needed. It uses a LOT of distilled water. Each batch takes several jugs. The brewing process is automated for the most part; it was noisier than I expected, though. The first batch of beer I brewed was far better than I expected. When one of my friends started homebrewing I remember his first batch tasting like skunkwater. I brewed the Helles Lager that they included and I really enjoyed it. I've ordered the Rouge Dead Guy Ale PicoPack to be able to do a taste-off between a 6-pack and a PicoPack. After I finished the batch and went to clean the keg, though, came the one real annoyance...there's a small plug that you have to shake out of the keg after removing the dispensing bung. It took at least 10 minutes of frustrated shaking before I could get the darn thing out. I'm expecting that they'll keep refining the product but I'm still extremely satisfied with my Pico.
    November 15, 2017
    Pico C is great for small batches!
    I received my Pico Brew C a few weeks ago and have already brewed a few batches of fantastic beer. I have been brewing beer for almost a decade and have used a variety of home brew setups from 1 to 5 gallons. With that in mind, I knew the video made it seem a lot easier than it probably was but I was willing to give it a shot. I am very glad that I did. Overall I am very happy with the build quality and operation of the device. The instructions were clear and I think anyone without experience would likely brew great tasting beer with little hassle. I highly recommend this to anyone who is serious about brewing a variety of small batches on a regular basis.

    The Great.
    * The beer is excellent with just a little extra effort and that is the most important part.
    * The cleaning routines do a great job cleaning the machine and hoses.
    * Racking is easy and I now dread bottling when I brew beer any other way.
    * The instructions on the machine are clear and you will only need to read the instructions once or twice.
    * The Pico C is reasonably sized and looks good on the counter.

    The Other.
    * It definitely isn’t as quick and easy as it is in the video. You need to really focus on cleaning the components that are removable.
    * You will likely need two different storage locations. One for fermentation and another cooler one for storage during carbonation.
    * I really don’t like the cooling instructions. I modified my wort chiller to cool water in a 10 gallon pot where I just drop the keg in but that could certainly be improved. Leaving your keg out for 24 hours seems a bit risky and the keg is extremely hot with the wort in it.
    I am not a huge fan of the brew keg and would have preferred the ball lock style of the other pico brews but I understand why they chose this route and it seems to work well.
    Cleaning the serving keg is kind of a pain if you don’t clean it out immediately so always do that.
    If you choose to carb with the provided sugar in the pico packs, I would recommend boiling it with some filtered water.
    You will need a lot of filtered water. Having a reverse osmosis set up would be very beneficial.
    November 15, 2017
    How to get your husband out of his brewing slump
    My husband has been home brewing his own beer since were students at Auburn. Home-brewing beer was actually still illegal in Alabama and Mississippi. He has brewed beer for himself, our wedding and friends weddings ever sense. He has used many different equipment set-ups and brewed for competitions and loves the entire process. I noticed in the past year he had been brewing less and that he was trying to find ways to make his brewing process as easy as possible to fit into our busy life-style. When I saw the PICO C I ordered it immediately. WE LOVE IT. He has brewed Stouts, Porters, IPAs and even a free Kombucha pack that came with the machine. He loves how easy it is to use and how easy it is to clean everything! (The most important and worst part of any brew-day is cleaning.) The brewing process is bullet-proof because the system is fully automated. Insert your PICO pack in the machine and the PICO uses wi-fi and RFID tech to identify which pack you have inserted. Then It downloads the brewing steps using the wifi! All you have to do is make sure everything is clean, full of water and connected. Press start and go enjoy time with your family or watch tv! He has brewed 6 packs already and has greatly enjoyed being able to pick Packs from breweries he has never heard of or tried. We both have loved the ability to use the PICO C for sous vide cooking too (Best steaks and eggs Benedict ever!). He only has two complaints. First, yes, compared to normal home-brewing, beers brewed with the PICO are simply more expensive. However, he thinks that the convenience and accuracy of the machine helps make up for that. Homebrewing a batch of beer yourself is cheaper...unless you mess up and have to throw that batch down the drain. With the PICO, it doesn't look like that will ever be a problem. Second, he wants to have more options to create his own recipes. PICO does have a Pack builder called the "free-style" and it does let you choose all the ingredients that go into the pack, but the selection is very limited. Over-all we are extremely happy with the purchase and the beer it makes. He has especially liked the Max Nix Porter!
    November 15, 2017
    Home brew taste without home brew mess
    I'd previously done a few attempts at home brewing using a kit my wife got me. I loved the taste of the beer but the whole process was also pretty tedious, somewhat error prone, required constant attention and lots of clean up. It also required large pots and strainers which took up a lot of space. In many ways it's like making bread from scratch.

    The Pico C is like using a bread making machine - the end product is still fresh and fantastic but the whole process is quicker, simpler and a lot less messy. I've brewed 2 batches so far and a third is currently fermenting. Brewing is ridiculously easy - put the grain packs in the clear plastic hopper, hook the hoses up to the brew keg and then add water. After that you follow the instructions on the screen. The manual is also clearly written and the videos online are also super helpful. The manual says your first brew will require 10 minutes of hands on time. I actually timed myself and on the first go it was more like 15 but I was being cautious. On the next 2 batches I was also exactly at 10 minutes. The machine itself is also so well designed that you almost can't get it wrong. The two hoses use different sized connectors so you really can't hook them up incorrectly. The grain packs will also only fit in one way. They did a great job of making this pretty idiot proof! The brewing process takes a couple of hours but once it starts you can basically walk away from it. No more standing over the stove making sure your mash stays in a relatively narrow temperature range and stirring every few minutes!! The odor wasn't nearly as bad as doing it the old fashioned way but was still strong enough that after my first batch the wife exiled the machine to our downstairs laundry room. Personally, I like the brewing smell but to each their own. It is a good looking device and would look great on a counter. In terms of size it's smaller than a compact microwave but bigger than a stand mixer. Once the brewing is done you simply toss the used grain packs into the compost bin and clean the unit which takes another 10 minutes.

    The fermentation keg includes a thermometer sticker to help you estimate fermentation time and Pico is working on an electronic fermentation sensor to replace the brew keg cap which will allow even greater accuracy. Fermentation time can range from 4-14 days depending on the ABV of the beer and the temperature. The thermometer sticker is handy for finding a place in your home that will facilitate a faster brewing time. Really not much Pico can do to make this go faster short of altering the laws of physics and chemistry.

    Once fermentation is complete your back to the Pico C for racking. It's at this step that you'll be using sanitizer and Pico include a generous sized bottle and even a nicely marked bucket for mixing and soaking. Again, letting the machine handle the racking is a lot easier the siphoning the beer. The manual says this step should take 15 minutes but it's taken me more like 20-30 but that might be because I'm pretty paranoid about sanitizing thoroughly.

    After you rack the beer into the serving keg you'll need to carbonate it. There are two options here: natural or forced. With the stock Pico C you'll need to do natural carbonation which involves dumping a sugar packet and then letting it sit for double the fermentation time. That's another 8-28 days. Forced carbonation requires the optional CO2 regulator and cartridges. This accessory costs $59 but it also reduces carbonation time to just 36 hours. Time is money so opted to go this route as cuts brew to drink time by 2/3.

    The whole is ridiculously easy and mess free. If you do have questions (and I did) the customer support is fantastic and have always responded in less than 24 hours. Some critics might claim this isn't really true home brewing and I can see where they're coming from much in the way that using a bread making machine isn't true baking or using pre-sawed lumber isn't real wood working. I get it but if your end goal is to simply have really good, fresh beer and experiment with different beer recipes and you don't want to deal with the mess and tediousness of "real" home brewing than the Pico C is hard to beat and worth every penny. It's also a great way to sample beer from breweries which might not be available through any other channels or to experiment with your own recipes since you can order custom made Pico Packs (my next batch will be one!)
    November 14, 2017
    Great Way to Brew
    I've been brewing beer for nearly 7 years. My experience includes extract and all-grain recipes from 1 to 5 gallon batches. My goal in purchasing the Pico C was to frequently brew a variety of beer in small batches with consistent results while reducing my equipment footprint. The Pico C exceeds that goal.

    Setup and registration was a breeze. Installing the gasket for the first rinse was a little challenging but made sense once it was installed right.

    The entire brewing process was simple. I read the manual to prepare then followed the on-screen instructions. Total time required before and after brew cycle was under 30 minutes.

    Fermentation was the most foreign part of the process since I'm used to an airlock to help monitor progress. Not having instructions for recommended temperature and duration for a lager was less than ideal.

    The only problem I've seen with the Pico C is the lack of documentation. There's plenty of room for improvement in the manual and videos. Fortunately PicoBrew has excellent customer service. Don't hesitate to contact them.
    November 14, 2017
    I am hooked on the Pico C. It works like a charm!
    YUM! This has to be a game changer in the reach of home brewing. I have always toyed with home brewing but it generally takes more time than I have to give. With the Pico C Brewer I can start the brew process and walk away. The machine walks you through each step of the process like its your first time every time so If you forget something don't worry it has you covered. This has been compared to a Keurig for beer and while it does greatly simplify the process you won't be drinking a cold beer 45 seconds after you hit start so be realistic in your expectations. Just know the results will be delicious.

    Note: Wifi is required. The Pico C connects with Pico Brew to load the brewing specs for the specific picopak you are using. It also provides all of the analytics for the brew process that you can watch in almost real-time from your account on their website.

    My experience should be a good gauge of what to expect.

    Tip 1-If you don't have reverse osmosis water go buy 5-10 gallons of distilled water for rinsing and brewing before your brewer arrives.

    Unpacking:
    If you are like me when this arrives you are like a kid on Christmas morning ripping into the boxes to see what magical treasures await. Do your self a favor and take it slow and gentle. You will want to keep the box with the brewer in it. I'm told this box is required for warranty purposes. Plan to spend the next 30-45 minutes cleaning.

    Brewing: (after the initial cleaning mentioned above) Brewing is so simple. Turn on the Pico C, select brew and follow the instructions. When everything is set and the brew is set in motion the machine will make a lot of noises. Its pumping, pushing, and heating liquid to steam so don't do this if you just put the baby down for a nap. After 2-3 hours the beer is brewed but its time to let the science begin.

    After Brew Cleaning: At this point you have disconnected the brew keg so it can cool to room temperature. Its time to clean everything else. Rinse the system. As a guy who hates cleaning this really is a pretty simple process. The Pico C will walk you through most of it.

    The next day after the wort has cooled to room temp you add the yeast to the brew keg. This begins the fermentation process that will take a week or more depending on the beer and temperature. The manual gives you time frames based on temperature ranges. I've ordered a PicoFerm that will aide in this process. Once fermentation is complete you "Crash the Yeast" by cooling the brew keg in your refrigerator. This takes a day or so. Then depending on what type of beer you are brewing you may add dry hop packs that come with the picopak. Otherwise its time to move the beer from the brew keg to the serving keg or bottles if you are bottling. You hook the brew keg back up to the Pic C and "rack" the beer. From here you add sugar from the provided packet to carbonate the beer. Carbonation takes close to double the time it took to ferment the beer so don't get in a rush. After about 3 weeks you are ready to cool and then consumer a tasty beverage.

    I thought for sure when I opened up that first keg it would be bad because I had to have messed something up on my first try. Nope. Somehow this marvel of modern technology took my ineptitude out of the equation. It was delicious. So fresh. I really felt like I was drinking at the brewery. I will be ordering more brew kegs so I can have more beers going at the same time.

    Tip 2: This is a no brainer but if you are using the serving keg the beer is best when first opened. Unless you are force carbonating, it will degrade in quality fairly quickly as the days pass.

    If you are looking into a way to start homebrewing but don't have the time to really mess with the science/process this is the perfect option for you. I love it and will be an avid Pico C Brewer for the foreseeable future!
    November 14, 2017
    Pico C
    When I first learned of the Pico Model C, i was intrigued. After researching it, I pulled the trigger and purchased the Model C. I did my first brew on 10/21. I did the Helles Lager. Directions were easy to follow, everything I needed to brew it came with it, (except for the distilled water). It was a snap to brew. Clean up was easy. Any questions I had were promptly responded to. I have also placed my first order for the pico packs. I look forward to brewing more beer in the future.
    November 13, 2017
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