While I was searching how to solve some brewing problems I watched a video for picobrew Pico https://youtu.be/LFtH24eCNbU This machine will be in the markets soon ... but there was another products already in the market.

My Question: is it better than home brewing?

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    Also this one, iGulu: indiegogo.com/projects/… Commented Jul 10, 2016 at 18:30
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    Technically it is homebrewing, though I think most people will get what you're saying. To me it's kind of like the comparing someone posting cell-phone pictures to Instagram and someone taking pictures with a D-SLR camera and tweaking the white balance in Photoshop; both are photographers, taking photographs, which may be just as nice in their own way, but people will probably have strong opinions about which is a 'better' photographer. In the end, it's really about how much you want to put into it and what you want to get out of it. Commented Jul 10, 2016 at 20:33

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I have a Pico. You really can't compare it to homebrewing. It's not intended to be the same thing. It's for craft beer lovers who want to drink beers they can't get otherwise, or who just want the freshness of making it themselves. I also have a Zymatic and a traditional cooler based system. Which one I use depends on my goals and what I feel like.


It depends what you mean by better. Using a regular homebrew system with tanks/pots gives you flexibility to deal with any problems or whims of fancy as they come, whereas the PicoBrew system looks more like for someone who wants to run dependable recipes without paying much attention to the actual brew. It depends what matters to you more.


If you live in a very small city studio flat then this may be the way for you, very little space is taken up and it all come very neatly packaged.

But... if you want to make your own beer recipes, not one devised by another and want to learn the process and experiment then is is probably not for you.

I think it is a brilliant idea, I don't know how much you would hack it and add some extra malt here or swap out the hops there, but for a simple easy to use system with little mess and very low space requirements I think it is wonderful.

I will not be buying one, but it depends what experience you want, and how much you love cleaning fermenters :)


I'm not a fan, it's the keurig of beer. I guess if you have a beard and can't change a tire this is what you buy to say you made a beer.

Understanding how beer is made and executing makes you a homebrewer.

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    I think you have a misunderstanding of what the Pico is and who it's intended for.
    – Denny Conn
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 18:50
  • @DennyConn it comes in a pack, you press a button and it automates the mash. How is that not exactly what Keurig does? I completely understand what it is, and I'm not a fan. But if you can't execute a brew from scratch then this is for you. Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 12:51
  • I think what you miss is in the statement "Understanding how beer is made and executing makes you a homebrewer". This is not a system intended for a homebrewer...it's for a beer fan. For people who live where they can't have a full brew system.
    – Denny Conn
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 16:19
  • @DennyConn imo, if you use a Pico to make a brew it does not make you a homebrewer. Use of these systems are banned for use in many homebrew competitions. Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 16:46
  • OK, first are you talking about the Pico or the Zymatic? The Zymatic is really no different than a lot of other fancy homebrew systems using PIDs. I agree about the Pico...it's not homebrewing and isn't intended to be. It's beer making. I've heard the rumor about the Zymatic being banned form comps, but I've never been able to find any evidence that it is. Do you have some specifics?
    – Denny Conn
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 18:07

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