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How To Home Brew Your Favorite Beer
Posted on April 20, 2019 by in Beer & Cider

Check out this automated appliance that makes home brewing easier than ever.

The craft brew movement has revolutionized the way that Americans drink beer. Ten years ago, many people didn’t even know what an IPA was, and now it’s among the most popular styles of beer around the world. The industry’s willingness to experiment coupled with mainstream acceptance has created a greater demand for home brewing.
Due to its relatively small size, user-friendly design and simple instructions, PicoBrew has been affectionately nicknamed everything from “Easy Brew Oven” to the “Keurig of Home Brewing.”

Much like making coffee from plastic pods, PicoBrew uses pre-packaged bins of fresh grains and hops. The process even allows you to modify the ABV (alcohol content) and IBU (bitterness level), connecting to Wi-Fi to track your progress.

All you do is put your PicoPak into the machine, which recognizes the specific style. Within a couple hours, you have a batch of unfermented beer. The hard part is being patient over the next week or two while it ferments. Lastly, you carbonate the beer using a keg, CO2 regulator and cartridges provided by Pico.
Enjoy predictable, high-quality results without the endless sterilization of most home brewing, and because it’s self-cleaning with dishwasher safe components, PicoBrew is easy to maintain.

5 Beers You Can Brew At Home

By using their convenient PicoPaks, you can replicate your favorite craft brews from the comfort of your kitchen. Each pod ranges from $20-$30 and yields about 5 liters of beer.

1. 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA – This golden West Coast IPA is balanced by a solid malt backbone and just the right amount of hop flavor and aroma.
ABV: 7.0%, IBU: 52

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2. Rogue Dead Guy Ale – Inspired by a classic Bavarian Maibock, Dead Guy Ale boasts a deep honey color with malty aromas, hearty flavor and a well-balanced finish.
ABV: 6.7%, IBU: 40

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3. Elysian Dragonstooth Stout – A rich, full-bodied and complex Imperial Oatmeal Stout, this Seattle staple is smooth and robust with notes of barley and chocolate malt.
ABV: 8.1%, IBU: 56

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4. Coronado Stingray IPA – This easy-drinking Imperial IPA features Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Southern Cross hops, providing the flavors and aromas of tropical fruits and citrus.
ABV: 7.9%, IBU: 48

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5. Upslope Brown Ale – This medium-bodied Brown Ale fuses English traditions with American creativity. The malty backbone balances the assertive hops, finishing smooth and dry.
ABV: 6.7%, IBU: 45

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Pico Pro is meant for experienced homebrewers, allowing for a faster grain-to-glass serving time. Not only is it kegerator compatible, the Pico Pro also comes with two 1.75G Cornelius kegs and a sous vide with adapter.

If your dad is eager to make his own beer, but you’re not sure how often he’ll use the equipment, then it’s probably wise to start with the Pico C. Designed to be very accessible and intuitive, this is the perfect introduction to home brewing for craft beer enthusiasts.
Have you tried home brewing your own beer? We’d love to hear your stories and recipes!