• A month with the Catalyst Fermentation System

    A month with the Catalyst Fermentation System

    I’ve been following the multiple “easy” brewing systems available online for a while now and have never found one that truly spoke to me. Devices like the Minibrew seem great but price and shipping problems have always kept them out of my boozy little hands. So, rather than wait for the perfect automatic system, I decided to look at the Catalyst Fermentation System, a $199… Read More

  • Minibrew raises $2.8 million to help you make your own beer

    Minibrew raises $2.8 million to help you make your own beer

    The Minibrew is a little keg with a big brain. When we first met the company in 2015 they offered a whiff of high tech to the brewing process, adding a monitored brew vessel and mobile app to the age-old technique of slopping a bunch of wheat, yeast and hops together until something tasty came out. Read More

  • Whirlpool crowdfunds a beer maker Crunch Network

    Whirlpool crowdfunds a beer maker

    Like the movie in which Robert DeNiro plays an intern, venerated appliance brand Whirlpool is spreading its wings, dusting off the cobwebs, and crowdfunding a beer maker. The product, called Vessi, ferments and dispenses suds and even has a system for reducing and managing sediment. The system comes from W Labs, Whirlpool’s product design skunkworks, and is part of Indiegogo’s… Read More

  • Chemists create an app that can tell if your beer is skunked Crunch Network

    Chemists create an app that can tell if your beer is skunked

    Bummer, dude! That’s what you say when you find out your whole keg of Heiney is totally skunked but it doesn’t matter because you’ll totally still drink it after you finish the pony keg of Sammo’s Irish Red. But what if I told you that folks in Spain have figured out a way to use an app to tell if your beer is a mess? Whoa, right? Whoa, indeed. Chemists at the… Read More

  • The MiniBrew Is Back And Ready To Make You Some Beer

    The MiniBrew Is Back And Ready To Make You Some Beer

    When we last met MiniBrew, the team had been stopped at the US border with their mini beer brewing system and had to exhibit at TechCrunch Disrupt with a tri-fold poster board and not much else. Now the bad boys of the Amsterdam home-brew scene are back and they’re ready to perform integral calculus and take pre-orders. And they just ran out of calculus problems. The B is essentially a… Read More

  • A First: Surly Brewing Selling DIY, "Open Source" Beer

    Surly Brewing Company in the Twin Cities is a small, popular brewhaus with some pretty exciting beers. Rather than distribute nationally, however, they’ve teamed up with NorthernBrewer to offer something fairly unique: a DIY kit featuring some of their more popular brews. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 10% Off Megapots and V-Vessels

    Northern Brewer, my favorite brew shop, has 10% of their megapots for beer brewing or their excellent and amazing V-Vessel for winemaking. The V-Vessel, for example, is a $180 barrel of fun that allows you to clear the sediment from your wort just but popping out the little globe at the bottom. It has turned winemaking into a real pleasure. Read More

  • What I Got For Valentine's Day: The V Vessel

    While you may be thinking, given my current reviews streak, that the V Vessel involves the genitals and/or aliens dressed up like humans who live among us only to spring out and attack us with the time is ripe, it, in fact, does not. In fact, the V Vessel is a brewing vessel designed to hold up to 23 liters of liquid. It allows you to produce alcoholic beverages in the comfort of your own home… Read More