One of the 17 beers served on tap at the
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(UPI) -- Thanks to a craft-beer-brewing robot that can be controlled via an app, anyone with a smartphone may soon have the opportunity to make their own beer.
The Brewbot, created to simplify the process of home brewing, is described on its Kickstarter page as “an easy-to-use, controlled environment that is aesthetically pleasing, and frees up brewers to focus on the recipes." The Brewbot will guide first-time brewers through the process from beginning to end and no prior knowledge about brewing is required.
Brebot maker Cargo has so far raised more than $172,000 from more than 350 backers on the popular crowdfunding site, exceeding their goal.
"Brewing can be a complicated affair. The process can be daunting for anyone who is considering taking their passion for craft beer that little bit further. When we embarked on our journey into the world of brewing we made many costly mistakes. We found it could be laborious and time consuming -- we were spending more time looking at timers and thermometers or fixing our setup than thinking about recipes and ingredients.
We noticed many of the inefficiencies and problems that can arise when brewing manually. With a lot of work, we were able to brew amazing beers, but they were often difficult to replicate. We saw an opportunity as designers and developers to use our skills to build a better way to brew and ultimately open up brewing to everyone."
In order to use the bot, brewers-to-be must purchase ingredients for beer, put them in the Brewbot and then send it a recipe and instructions via their smartphone. The robot then takes care of difficult details like temperature and proportion.
After the fermentation process is finished, the Brewbot can be linked with a kegerator to keep the beer chilled and tasty for months. It’s anticipated that the Brewbot will cost around $3,200.