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Can the PicoBrew Pico automatically make good beer?We subject our latest brew to a blind taste test and wrap up the review of this promising but frustrating beer bot.
[MUSIC] The $800 PicoBrew Pico wants to simplify the process of brewing beer. Here's how it works. You order a Pico pack online, which is a set of prepackaged ingredients meant for brewing. Pico packs cost around $20 depending on the type of beer you want. Once you have it, all you need to do is stick it in this plastic bin, push the bin into the machine and hit start. But it's not getting started, that's the complicated part. After the beer cooks, you have to transfer it to a different keg. You have to let it cool down, you have to throw yeast in there, you have to let it ferment. So don't expect a quick turnaround. That's all fine but it's still easy to make mistakes and introduce infection when you're brewing with the PicoBrew Pico. It doesn't help you control the temperature and fermentation at all. And after it cooks your beer, it asks you to set your work, your unfermented beer over night to cool and that really worries me. Our first beer A Lond Ale didn't turn out very good, but I had high hopes for the second beer we made, Buffalo Sweat, an oatmeal cream style from all grass brewing. We actually did a blind taste test with buffalo sweat using the pico variety versus the canned, commercially made buffalo sweat. Here's how it turned out. [MUSIC] Cheers. This is A, right? Interesting, smells like beer. There's some foam on there. It's very sweet, it's got a sweet very weird note to it, kind of thick. It's pretty good. It's kind of Tastes like it's kind of old, man. Like I don't know. Kind of like a funky. This one maybe tastes like its been open, and just sitting and chilling a little bit. [SOUND] [MUSIC] I think b is from the can and a is from the PicoBrew. I would guess that a was the can and b was the PicoBrew. Okay, this is the can and this is from the PicoBrew. I would guess that the first beer, the one that I didn't like, came from Pico Brew. And the second beer, the more balanced one, that tasted like a professionally brewed beer to me. So I would say that was the canned beer. I don't know, it's torn. I don't know. Overall because the flavor of this one was better. I'm gonna assume This one was from the can. My assumption is if everything works the way it was intended in the universe, this would probably be [UNKNOWN] versus the can. So the good news there is that [UNKNOWN] buffalo sweat didn't fool a couple of people, but it Still didn't taste similar to the original variety and that's the goal. If you live in a region without good beer, this might help you expand your horizons. So despite the fact that it is a cool idea, I don't broadly recommend the $800 PicoBrew Pico.