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Push a button and brew

For $800, the PicoBrew Pico will automatically make beer for you. Order ingredients from PicoBrew's website. They come in sealed packs called PicoPaks, and PicoBrew offers a wide variety of beers from many different microbreweries. PicoPak in hand, put it into the machine and hit start.

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Get organized

Though getting started is relatively simple, using Pico involves a lot of pieces other than the main contraption. Keep the instruction manual handy.

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Time to brew

Here's the PicoPak for Buffalo Sweat -- an oatmeal stout from Tallgrass Brewing. We put it into the plastic bin, which then slides into the Pico.

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Buffalo Sweat

The bin clicks into place once you push it all the way into the machine.

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Automatically recognized

At that point, the Pico will actually recognize the PicoPak.

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Customizable recipes

You even tinker with the brew based on your preferences.

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Turn the slider and change the beer

Using a simple sliding scale, you can make your beer more or less bitter, and even adjust its alcohol content.

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The brewing keg

You'll need to fill the Pico with distilled water, then attach the brewing keg to get started.

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Snap in hoses

The Pico's valves snap into place on the brewing keg.

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The valves snap in place

When it looks like this, you're ready to brew.

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The display

The display on the Pico will keep you updated on your progress.

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Track your progress

The display updates as it goes through the different stages of brewing.

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Brewing along

You'll see the different steps as well as the estimated time remaining on the display.

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Check your data online

You can also monitor your beer's progress online.

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Malt

After the brew, we opened up the PicoPaks and found the ingredients we'd hoped for -- this large pack contains malted grains.

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Hops

The smaller side pack contains hops.

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Disassemble for cleaning

Between brews, you'll need to disassemble your brewing keg by removing the valves.

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Keep track of the pieces

Make sure to keep the pieces where you can find them while you clean. Don't lose anything.

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Helpful utilities

After you brew, you'll need to add yeast and wait for it to ferment, then move your beer to a serving keg and carbonate it. Pico helps with this last step -- called racking -- and includes the ingredients for every step.

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Ready to pour

After a couple of weeks, your beer will be fermented and carbonated, and it's ready to drink.

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Cheers

The Pico makes 5L of beer, which roughly equals 14 bottles.

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A brew for you

It might not be as fast a Keurig is for coffee, but the PicoBrew Pico replicates a natural brewing process and offers a wide variety of beers you can brew. You might be able to brew beers with Pico that you wouldn't normally find in your state.

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