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One day, two beers, minimal effort. Hands on with the Pico Model CWe brew a couple of beers in PicoBrew's streamlined beerbot.
[MUSIC] Ready, set, go. And with that we're brewing with the PicoBrew model C. Earlier this year, I revealed the original Pico which is now called the Pico model S. This one is mostly similar But it has a plastic body instead of stainless steel, a smaller display, simpler connections, and a brewing peg with a top that pops off instead of a more traditional coin keg. It also costs less at $550 instead of 800 for the Model S. On my first brewing day I made two beers with relatively little effort. The pill choppy thing from flying bike and Buffalo sweat from tall grass brewing. You make beer using [UNKNOWN] that cost less than twenty bucks that you buy from [UNKNOWN]. You want to keep the instruction manual handy but there are a few tracks that you want to keep clean before see goes through a pretty genuine brewing process just like the other Pico so expect the automated brewing session to take a couple of hours. Then you'll need to allow a couple of weeks for your beer to ferment and carbonate. After the main brewing session is done you'll have unfermented beer called [UNKNOWN]. Pico still instructs you to let the hot [UNKNOWN] sit overnight to cool before you add the yeast Fermentation. Letting it sit instead of cooling it quickly was one of my concerns last time and we ended up with flawed beer. That said the new keg and trimmed process could well put down on the risk of infection. Our beer is fermenting now so we'll know how it turns out in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned for the full review.