PicoBrew CEO Bill Mitchell, speaker at the upcoming Smart Kitchen Summit, announces new capabilities of the Pico beer – brewing appliance
Days after PicoBrew’s newest product offering, the Pico, surpassed $700,000 in pre-sales on crowd-funding site Kickstarter, PicoBrew today announces that in addition to brewing top quality fresh craft beer, the Pico also will support “modernist cuisine” sous vide cooking.
Sous vide cooking was actually developed in the 1970s as a method for cooking foie gras to retain moisture, while providing more control over the cooking process. Sous vide involves cooking food in vacuum sealed pouches submerged in a water bath held at precisely controlled temperatures.
“We’ve supported sous vide cooking on our Zymatic product for several years and customers love it,” said Bill Mitchell, CEO of PicoBrew. “It was a little trickier to implement for Pico, but Kickstarter customers wanted it, so we figured it out.” The new sous vide cooking feature includes a special drain insert and an attachment that allows the Pico to pump air out of special sous vide cooking bags.
“I never anticipated it, but the Zymatic has turned me into a brewing maniac. It is truly a ‘Brew House in a Box,’ a way of imagining and creating unique beers that can be repeated with a degree of precision previously available only to top commercial brewers,” said Ron Zimmerman proprietor of the iconic HerbFarm restaurant in Fall City, Washington. “I am also excited by the cute new ‘Pico.’ It will let folks quickly brew some of the world’s rarest and most famous beers—right at home! It’s like having a famous brewmaster standing at your side. If that weren’t breakthrough enough, the same machine, with its compact footprint and sous vide capability can also cook your dinner! This could be the ultimate gift for anyone from a college student to culinary connoisseur!”
The new Pico is a compact, smart-connected, fully automatic brewing appliance that brews five-liter mini kegs of fresh craft beer in about two hours. One key to Pico’s ease-of-use is the use of convenient prepackaged ingredient modules called PicoPaks. Now more than 60 craft breweries and over 350 homebrewers have signed up to produce PicoPaks available on its online BrewMarketplace to Pico owners.
PicoBrew, the market pioneer of full automatic craft beer brewing appliances, is also proud to announce that its CEO Dr. Bill Mitchell will be speaking along with other high power industry leaders at the upcoming Smart Kitchen Summit on Nov. 5 in Seattle.
“We understand the needs of the home chef, and continually strive to make precision products that make brewing a craft beer, or sous vide cooking a meal the simple and enjoyable cooking experience it should be,” said Dr. Bill Mitchell. “Our smart-connected appliances provide data that gives us insights on how we can continually improve the end customer experience.”
Pico is available for pre-order on the PicoBrew Kickstarter page for a limited time starting at the purchase price of $559, which also includes an international version that is available to anyone around the world.