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Push a button, brew a beer

PicoPaks

Hops

Must add water

The brew keg

Hooked up

Brewing

Automatic brewing

Wort ready to ferment

The Picobrew Pico Model C trims down the accessories and the price on the company's automatic brewer. The Model C costs $550 and turns prepackaged ingredients into beer at the push of a button. 

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The prepackaged ingredients are called PicoPaks. PicoPaks cost roughly $20 and produce five liters of beer. They consist of malted barley, hops and yeast -- the main ingredients normally used when making beer. 

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The hops pack smelled great. 

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You'll also need to add distilled water. 

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Distilled water goes into the upper compartment of the Pico and the brewing keg. 

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Attach the brewing keg to the Pico with the labeled hoses. 

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The Pico will recognize your PicoPak. Hit a button and it'll kick into gear. 

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The Pico connects to Wi-Fi so you can monitor the progress of your beer while it cooks. 

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After a couple of hours, you'll have unfermented beer -- called wort. Cool it and add yeast to turn your wort into beer. You'll need to wait a week or so while your beer ferments and carbonates, but then you'll have your final product. 

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