Homebrewing sounds great in theory. What’s not to love about making your own beer or cider, just how you like it, at home? But it can be difficult to gather all of the equipment and ingredients, measure everything correctly and make sure it stays sanitized so your brew doesn’t become contaminated. Enter Alchema, a new product that promises to make it easy to brew craft cider at home.
Alchema automatically sanitizes its glass brewing pitcher, and a companion app gives users recipes for a variety of homemade ciders, fruit meads and wine. After choosing a recipe, users simply add ingredients—fruit, sugar, water and a yeast packet—measured by Alchema’s built-in weight sensor and then leave technology to do the rest. The totally automated appliance monitors key parameters and sends smartphone notifications when the homebrew is ready to enjoy. You’ll wait about one to two weeks for cider or up to 16 weeks for wine. You can see the whole process in this video.
“Almost 2 million Americans have attempted to homebrew, but it usually turns out disappointing in terms of flavor or complexity,” says Oscar Chang, the CEO of Alchema. “We want to make homebrewing easy and fun for everyone.”
Alchema launched on Kickstarter on July 26, with a goal of raising $80,000 by 11 p.m. PDT on September 8. The $299 “super early bird” level’s already closed, but a $329 pledge gets you the Alchema device and your first three yeast packets. Alchema expects to enter production in summer 2017, with delivery later in the year.
Already brewing your own cider? Try it in these cocktails:
The Mary Mac
Spiced Apple Fizz