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The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Viewpoint - By ross bil­ton $799, BrewPrints from $28; bre­

Bre­wArt Beer Droid

What is it? “The world’s first fully au­to­mated” home brew­ing sys­tem. hoW does it Work? It makes 10-litre batches of craftish ale, us­ing the ex­tract brew­ing method. The raw ma­te­ri­als for each brew – malt pow­der, liq­uid hop ex­tract, en­hancers (malted bar­ley) and yeast – are con­tained in nicely branded BrewPrints, cov­er­ing dozens of styles from Czech pils to Ir­ish stout; the brew­ing process is con­trolled via the Bre­wArt app and a con­trol panel on the Beer Droid. Cool name! Yes. It adds ap­peal to some­thing that, frankly, has the aes­thetic charm of an anti-ship mine. hoW’s the beer? Af­ter 10 days of fer­ment­ing, and a cou­ple of weeks’ rest­ing in bot­tles .... it’s very nice! And you can bask in a self-sat­is­fied glow, know­ing you made it your­self. any­thing else? If you’re flush, you can use Bre­wArt’s BrewFlo ($699) – a tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled beer dis­penser for “that gen­uine pub pour feel­ing”.

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