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PicoBrew Z series is a modular all-in-one setup for serious homebrewers

PicoBrew Z series is a modular all-in-one setup for serious homebrewers
From Engadget - February 12, 2018

Like all of PicoBrew's devices, the Z Series centers on a clear drawer that holds all of your grains and hops. Add your ingredients, select the recipe and hit start. The machine does all the heavy lifting with a connected brew keg that acts as both boil kettle and fermentation vessel. As long as you have input your recipe correctly (or selected one from PicoBrew's library), the Z Series will heat the water to the proper temp, steep the grains, boil the wort and add the hops at the correct time(s). All you have to do is wait a few hours to add the yeast to begin fermentation.

The Z Series also wields a WiFi connection so similar to previous Pico models, you can monitor the brewing process from a computer, phone or tablet. That internet connection can also help you tap into PicoBrew's "extensive" library of recipes.

If you want to brew a batch with less fuss or based on an existing beer, the Z Series can also be used alongside those PicoPaks the company developed for its Pico Pro and Pico C devices. If you are not familiar, you basically pick a beer or use your own recipe to order packets of hops and grains that come in biodegradable containers. All you have to do is place them in the drawer and Pico's brewing gear automatically detects the Pak, pulls in the recipe info and does the rest while you enjoy a cold one.

Of course, the only downside to a PicoPak is having to wait for it to arrive. With the Z Series, you can just run down to your local homebrew shop and pick up ingredients whenever you get the urge to brew. You also have to consider the fact that both the Pico Pro and Pico C, two brewing set-ups that only use PicoPaks, are also a lot cheaper than even the most affordable option in the Z Series.

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