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Pico C - Craft Beer Brewing Appliance

Model:PICO-C
Regular Price: $686.25
You Save $137.25 (20%)
$549.00

Enjoy a great craft beer with this automated craft brewing machine! Traditional beer brewing takes a lot of time and involves lots of sanitation, cleaning, and requires some basic chemistry training. Be part of the modern world and use higher technology in brewing with this professionally made Pico-C Craft Beer Brewing Appliance.

The Pico-C features a rugged and beautiful black powder-coated exterior with a compact design that allows it to fit comfortably on any kitchen or bar countertop. 1500 watts of powerful steam heat brews evenly at a specific temperature and with much more precise control than boiling on a stovetop, preserving your beer's flavors. The Pico Model C has wi-fi connectivity, allowing you to monitor your brew remotely via the internet. The system features detachable brew kegs, allowing you to use additional kegs to brew multiple batches in the same day. Reconnecting the hoses and starting another batch is quick and easy. Since the kegs are dishwasher-safe, clean up is a breeze compared to traditional homebrewing equipment.

Pico in kitchen

The PicoBrew Pico-C Brewing Appliance works with an endless selection of PicoPaks from breweries around the world that you can brew at home, any time you want. Enjoy the search for your next brew session by browsing the huge variety of beers from brands you love, including such leading brewers like: 21st Amendment, Rogue Ales, and Abita. If you're feeling adventurous, try a brewery from across the country, or even from a whole different continent. The possibilities are endless with BrewMarketplace. No beer is more fresh than the one you just brewed at home. Pico is expertly engineered to help you create consistent craft beer in your kitchen using fresh ingredients and quality recipes.

Prefer more hops and less alcohol? The FreeStyle PicoPak allows you to create a completely unique and custom beer. You can fine-tune each beer's alcohol percentage or bitterness to your liking. PicoBrew's customization software employs an innovative graphical user interface to allow the modification of grains, hops and yeast in a recipe. Your PicoPak will be made in PicoBrew's one-of-a-kind facility, then immediately shipped to you. The system has no minimum order, so experimenting with different recipes to find the perfect one has never been easier or faster.

As a Pico owner, you'll join a rapidly growing community of hundreds of PicoBrewers already sharing recipes, ratings, and tips and producing some of the best craft beer batches being brewed worldwide today!

Pico Brewing Machine

Includes:

  • Pico brewing machine
  • User manual
  • One (1) Black and Stainless Steel Brewing Keg
  • One (1) Lightweight Aluminum Serving Keg
  • Keg Cozy for maintaining brewing temperature
  • Racking tube for transferring wort from brewing keg to dispensing keg
  • Cleaning tablets for deep cleaning

What is the difference between the Pico Model C and the Pico Pro?

The Pico Model C is ideal for new home brewers and is more affordable! The Pico Model C features a black, powder-coated exterior, a sleek 2-line OLED display, natural carbonation, a serving keg and a simpler-to-use Pico Model C Brew Keg that fits in the dishwasher. The Pico Pro is for the more seasoned homebrewer. It features a stainless steel exterior and bigger OLED display. The Pico Pro comes with 2 ball-lock brew kegs, preferred by professional brewers. This stainless-steel keg features rubber grips and industry-standard ball-lock connectors that work directly with accessories like party taps and kegerators.

Please Note: PicoPak is not included and is sold seperately.

Features

  • Designed for craft beer enthusiasts and beginner home brewers
  • Brews 5 liters (5.2 qt.) of beer at a time
  • Fine-tune any PicoPak to your liking, or create a custom PicoPak with your own recipe of selected hops, yeast and grains
  • Fast fermentation only
  • Adjust ABV (alcohol) and Bitterness for any brew
  • Compact unit requires no assembly and sits on kitchen counter
  • Keg conditioning only
  • Built-in steam cleaning simplifies sanitization and dishwasher-safe components make cleanup simple
  • PicoPaks are biodegradable and compostable after use

Specifications

  • 12"W x 14"D x 16"H
  • 5-liter cap. (5.2 qt.)
  • Weight: 23 lbs
  • 1500W
  • Made in USA and Mexico
  • This product is intended for use in the United States and Canada and is built to United States electrical standards

How it works

picopack

Introducing the PicoPak

It just makes sense that the freshest ingredients make the best and freshest craft beers. PicoPack is pre-measured with the finest grains and hops. The Pico Model C recognizes each specific PicoPak and its associated recipe based on its RFID tag. PicoPaks take the guesswork out of brewing and ensure delicious results, every time. And when you're done brewing, you can simply place your spent PicoPak in your compost bin.


water

Starting off right: it really is the water!

Great beer really does start with the perfect water, so when Pico-brewing it is recommend to start with distilled water. Each PicoPak contains unique water amendments - various minerals that build up the water you brew with to exactly match the water profiles used by the breweries that created your PicoPaks.


precision mashing

Precision mashing: extracting sugars and flavor from grains

PicoPaks contain fresh grains that have been malted, roasted and cracked so they are primed to release the special sugars that waters at precise temperatures can unlock. This first stage of brewing is called mashing, and the exact times and temperatures that grains are soaked determines the content of the beer "wort" produced. Control and precision are the keys here to producing the fluids that when boiled, then cooled and fermented become your beer.


boil hop

Boil with multiple hop additions

Brewers for centuries have boiled their beer wort with hops to impart bitterness, flavors and aromas that can make great beer the nuanced sensory experience that leaves you thirsting for more. Adding hops into the boil at different stages lends different characteristics to the resulting beer, from bitterness derived from alpha acids to more flavors and aromas derived from the hop oils. The PicoBrewing process with up to 4 unique hop additions accommodates a very broad range of beer recipe styles.


fermenation

Fermentation: converting sugars into alcohol

After the beer wort has been fully infused with delicious hop flavors and aromas the solution is cooled, and then the magic begins. Yeast is "pitched" into the beer wort and begins to go to work on the sugars, converting them into alcohol and CO2 . Different yeasts also impart their own unique flavors to the beer. Fermentation typically takes 4-7 days, depending on the beer and the yeast.

UPC: 817148020063
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Pico C - Craft Beer Brewing Appliance Reviews

Average Customer Rating:
(5)
(based on 36 reviews) 
easy to use and a great marketplace
by:jeremy480 (12-09-2017)
san francisco, ca
Comments:I was an early backer of the PICO Model C on Kickstarter and I can definitely say the wait was worth it.

So far I have brewed two batches of beer and am working on my third. While the instructions are straightforward, brewing for the first time can be a little overwhelming because you want to make sure you do everything properly considering the time that needs to be invested in waiting for the beer to ferment and carbonate. But if you follow the directions everything should work out great.

I like that right before the brewing process you can make minor tweaks to the beer such as increasing or decreasing alcohol content and the ability to monitor the status via the web is a nice touch. The first batch I brewed was the Helles Lager that came with the kit and the beer tasted great. My only complaint is the serving keg lost its carbonation within two days of opening it even though I was sure I sealed everything properly. I decided to invest in a stainless steel keg with CO2 dispensing tap that can be sealed better which solved that problem.

One of my favorite things about this system is the BrewMarketplace where you can customize your own beer. Buying something off the shelf is great, but being able to tailor a beer exactly the way you want is one of the purposes of brewing at home, in my opinion, and it\'s done very well.

On a side note, make sure you have good ventilation during the brewing process of your house is going to smell like a brewery!
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
Great addition to a home brewery!
by:Chris the C (12-07-2017)
Northern, VA
Comments: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.
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
It is so easy to make your own beer!
by:Frugal George (12-01-2017)
Jacksonville, Florida
Comments: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.
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
Great Way to Brew
by:ML (11-30-2017)
Hartford, CT
Comments: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.
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
Hands-on with my new PicoC
by:Kozmokatz (11-29-2017)
Orlando, FL
Comments:I’ve made a lot of homebrew in the past. Some brews were really good and some were really bad. It’s very difficult to precisely control the temperatures that need to be quickly reached and maintained using a propane burner on the back porch. Plus it filled up my only day off.

Enter PicoC. Got mine almost a month ago and have brewed 3 batches so far. It’s a completely automated countertop brewer that makes 5 liter batches. Perfect size for me and fits into the fridge. Brewing instructions are complete and simple to follow. Load in the PicoPak, connect up the supplied brewkeg and hit start. The brewer is connected to WiFi and completely automatic so I can follow the entire process on phone or iPad. Takes a couple of hours start to finish. Clean up is as easy and automatic as brewing. Load in some water, select rinse, hit start. Pico, if you’re listening, adding an alert function would be a welcome feature to have.

The Pico folks have a large selection of ingredient PicoPaks available in all beer styles. It’s also possible to create your own recipe by selecting grains and hops you like in amounts of your choice. Make it as sweet or as hoppy as you want, also controlling %alcohol. The Pak comes with everything needed to complete a batch, a couple of containers that get placed into the brewer tub. The hardest part of the whole process is keeping your hands off your fermenting and conditioning beer until it’s finished!

So how’s the beer? So far very good, easily as good as the best I’ve been able to do on my back porch. Favorite so far, Hotzenplotz amber lager. If I’m picky, the serving keg seems to be lightweight with plastic stopper and spigot that may not be up to what I’m going to task them with doing. But then looks like some upgrade bits are available from the Pico shop.

Bottom line I’m a happy home brewer and there’s a keg in the fridge!
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 

 

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