Seattle start-up PicoBrew has created an automatic beer-brewing appliance for domestic use.
The machine, which debuted at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, allows users to brew more than 100 different types of craft beer or create their own at the touch of a button.
Users simply load malted barley, hops and water into a plastic container before setting the device to the temperature required for the specific type of beer being made. The machine then takes about three-and-a-half hours to brew the alcohol.
Home-brewing techniques that upgrade or reinvent drinks within short timeframes have become increasingly popular as consumers, particularly millennials, search for new flavours and taste experiences. Portland-based start-up Time & Oak's device allows users to 'age' whisky in just one day, while US tech firm Dionysus Technology Concepts' device replicates the wine-ageing process within minutes via ultrasound. See Ageing Whisky at Home and Ultrasound-Aged Wine for more.
For further insights, see Cult of Craft: Beer & Millennials.