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Our sleekest, most affordable Pico ever!

With the new Pico Model C precision brewing appliance, you can craft 5 liters of the finest fresh beers in your own kitchen in about 2 hours. Your brew will be fermented, carbonated, and ready to enjoy in 10-14 days.

Traditional ingredients meet state-of-the-art technology.

Pico Model C was created by beer enthusiasts, for beer enthusiasts. We share your passion for great beer, so we made creating it from fresh, grains and hops more convenient, instrumented and precise than ever before. We amp up the joy of brewing by creating predictable, high-quality results and we eliminated the drudgery of endless cleaning and sterilization steps.
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Pico brings the craft of brewing within reach.

Brewing the freshest, highest-quality beer has never been easier – or tastier. With a Pico Model C in your kitchen, you can brew your own great beer without all of the complex equipment, vessels, sterilization and cleanup. Select one of the dozens of BrewMarketplace PicoPak recipes or craft your own using our FreeStyle program. We'll deliver a PicoPak full of fresh grains, hops and yeast to your doorstep and you'll be brewing and proudly sharing kegs of your awesome beer before you know it!

A craft brewery on your countertop.

The great craft breweries perfect their beers with a combination of technique and technology; home brewers have always struggled to replicate that on a smaller scale. Pico Model C automates the craft brewing process and fits on your kitchen counter.


Brewing with your Pico Model C.

Introducing the PicoPak

It just makes sense that the freshest ingredients make the best and freshest craft beers. That's why we build-our PicoPaks “on-demand" with the finest pre-measured grains and hops, and deliver these PicoPaks directly to your doorstep. Your Pico ModelC recognizes each specific PicoPak and its associated recipe based on its RFID tag. PicoPaks take the guesswork out of brewing and ensure delicious results, every time. And when you're done brewing, you can simply place your spent PicoPak in your compost bin.


Starting off right: it really is the water!

Great beer really does start with the perfect water, so when Pico-brewing we recommend starting with distilled water. Each PicoPak contains unique water amendments – various minerals that build up the water you brew with to exactly match the water profiles used by the breweries that created your PicoPaks.


Precision mashing: extracting sugars and flavor from grains.

PicoPaks contain fresh grains that have been malted, roasted and cracked so they are primed to release the special sugars that waters at precise temperatures can unlock. This first stage of brewing is called mashing, and the exact times and temperatures that grains are soaked determines the content of the beer “wort" produced. Control and precision are the keys here to producing the fluids that when boiled, then cooled and fermented become your beer.


Boil with multiple hop additions.

Brewers for centuries have boiled their beer wort with hops to impart bitterness, flavors and aromas that can make great beer the nuanced sensory experience that leaves you thirsting for more. Adding hops into the boil at different stages lends different characteristics to the resulting beer, from bitterness derived from alpha acids to more flavors and aromas derived from the hop oils. The PicoBrewing process with up to 4 unique hop additions accommodates a very broad range of beer recipe styles.


Fermentation: converting sugars into alcohol

After the beer wort has been fully infused with delicious hop flavors and aromas the solution is cooled, and then the magic begins. Yeast is "pitched" into the beer wort and begins to go to work on the sugars, converting them into alcohol and CO2. Different yeasts also impart their own unique flavors to the beer. Fermentation typically takes 4-7 days, depending on the beer and the yeast.


Built to brew

We've designed every aspect of the Pico Model C for one reason: to brew better beer.

1500 watts of steam heat
Powerful steam heat brews evenly at a specific temperature and with much more precise control than boiling on a stovetop, preserving your beer's flavors.
Wi-fi connected
Because your Pico Model C is connected to the internet, you can monitor your brew remotely.
Flexible system
Detachable brew kegs means you can use additional kegs to brew multiple batches in the same day. Reconnecting the hoses and starting another batch is quick and easy.
Black powder-coated exterior
Both rugged and beautiful, built for a lifetime of homebrewing
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1500 watts of steam heat
Powerful steam heat brews evenly at a specific temperature and with much more precise control than boiling on a stovetop, preserving your beer's flavors.

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Wi-fi connected
Because your Pico Model C is connected to the internet, you can monitor your brew remotely.
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Flexible system
Detachable brew kegs means you can use additional kegs to brew multiple batches in the same day. Reconnecting the hoses and starting another batch is quick and easy.
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Black powder-coated exterior
Both rugged and beautiful, built for a lifetime of homebrewing

Specifications


Convenient profile

At 12.5" wide x 16.5" high x 15" deep, the Pico Model C is designed to fit on your countertop, under most kitchen cabinets.

Interactive technology

Your Pico Model C recognizes each specific PicoPak being brewed, allowing an ideal mashing temperature, duration, and hop additions to be done correctly per the beer style

Step Filter

Shaped to enable even flow and reduce foam during the mash phase, the step filter and hops cradle allow for multi-stage boils to brew any recipe to perfection.

Personalize each batch

Brew just like the brewmaster intended, but add your own precise specifications to the recipe by adjusting your beer's bitterness (IBU) and alcohol percentage (ABV).

Detailed Specs

Display and Controls

2.2" display, 128 X 32px
Control knob

Connectivity

802.11b/g Wi-Fi
RFID PicoPak detection

Size

Width: 12.5"
Height: 16.5"
Depth: 15"
Weight: 23.75 pounds

Pico Brew C Keg

Diameter: 8.5"
Height: 11.5"
Volume: 2 gallons / 7.8 liters
Fermentation seal
Extra umbrella valves (2)
Dip tube
Dip tube filter

Brewing

Batch size
1.3 gallons / 5 liters

Average brew cycle
2 hours 20 minutes

Power

Heating system
1500-watt heating capacity
2 precision temperature sensors
Heating range: 90F – 205F
AC Input
US: 120V
Plug types
US: Type B, 3-pin

Accessories

Keg cozy
Keg brush
Hops Pak cradle
Cleaning tab
Cleaning bucket
Quick-start guide

Broaden your brewing horizons.

Explore award-winning recipes from over 150 partner breweries around the world, or create your own. Wheat beer from Peru, cream ale from Canada, IPAs from Seattle, even beer you design yourself, all available as PicoPaks from the BrewMarketplace.

Award-winning beers in the BrewMarketplace

Imagine a place where you can get fresh craft beer from around the globe. Not in bottles or cans, mind you -- taproom-fresh beer in your own home. Our BrewMarketplace offers PicoPaks from our partner breweries big and small so that you can experience beer as the brewmaster intended it to taste. You can discover new beers, explore ratings and recommendations, and even communicate directly with the brewer. More PicoPaks are being added all the time so you can brew your way around the world.

You can be the brewmaster

FreeStyle allows you to make your own custom craft beer, easily. Start with one of our base recipes, then personalize the grains, tune the hops for bitterness, flavor, and aroma, and customize yeast and dry hopping to achieve the flavor and style you desire. We'll make your PicoPak and deliver it to your door for you to brew and enjoy.

Make your custom beer with the FreeStyle recipe crafter

Start With A Base Recipe

Hit the ground running with our fully editable base recipes.

Customize Grain and Hops

Explore the possibilities with FreeStyle. Always wanted to see what adding Mosaic hops does to a classic stout? Now's your chance. Dry hopping an amber ale? You can make it happen. This is your chance to be creative.

We'll build it, you brew it.

Your PicoPak will be made in our one-of-a-kind facility, then immediately shipped to you. Our system has no minimum order, so experimenting with different recipes to find the perfect one has never been easier or faster.

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"PicoBrew's new Model C offers convenience, delicious results and is ideal for beginners..."

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"Home brewing has been popular for thousands of years, but PicoBrew has injected the age old process with an innovative tech aspect that makes it easy to get fresh homebrew with consistency."

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"Brewing your own beer is surprisingly easy and cheap."

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"The thought of having a home brewery in my own home is so unbearably cool that I barely know what to do myself."

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"People really like to brew beer at home…Especially if the brewing process is made practically foolproof."

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"The PicoBrew Pico Model C is less expensive than its predecessor, without losing any functionality"

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"allows people who are interested in at-home brewing to make their own quality beers in a way that is both experimental and high in quality."

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"...kitchen-counter automated homebrew setup that takes a lot of the pain and mess out of homebrewing..."

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"Raise another glass to the folks at PicoBrew as they continue to make advances in their quest to bring simplified home brewing machines to the masses."

What's Included In the Pico Model C Machine Purchase?

Pico Model C Includes:
The Pico Model C brewing machine
Pico Model C Brew Keg and fermentation temperature decal
Keg cozy for maintaining brewing temperature
5L Serving Keg and dispensing bung plug
Racking tube for transferring wort from brewing keg to dispensing keg
Cleaning tab for deep cleaning
Bucket for measuring and system cleaning
Hops Pak Cradle
Step Filter + Lid
Quick Start Guide




How big is Pico?

Pico's dimensions are 16.5"x12.5"x15" (HxWxD), and it weighs 23.75 lbs, which makes it much smaller than most microwaves on the market. So yes, it should fit nicely right between your toaster and coffee machine!

What is the difference between the Pico Model C and the Pico Pro?

The Pico Model C is ideal for new home brewers and is our most affordable Pico ever! The Pico Model C features a black, powder-coated exterior, a sleek 2-line OLED display, natural carbonation, a serving keg and a simpler-to-use Pico Model C Brew Keg that fits in your dishwasher. The Pico Pro for the more seasoned homebrewer. It features a stainless steel exterior and bigger OLED display. The Pico Pro comes with 2 ball-lock brew kegs, preferred by professional brewers. This stainless-steel keg features rubber grips and industry-standard ball-lock connectors that work directly with accessories like party taps and kegerators. For the ultimate brewing experience, it also includes an accessory kit that comes with a party tap solution and CO2 regulator so you can force-carbonate and go from grain to glass even faster!

How long does it take to brew?

Pico's brew cycle takes a little over 2 hours to complete, depending on the specific PicoPak recipe. After the brew cycle is finished the beer will need to ferment for up to a week before consumption. From PicoPak to pint the whole process will take approximately up to a week.

General Questions

What's included with the Pico Model C?
  • The Pico Model C brewing machine
  • Pico Model C Brew Keg and fermentation temperature decal
  • Keg cozy for maintaining brewing temperature
  • 5L Serving Keg and dispensing bung plug
  • Racking tube for transferring wort from brewing keg to dispensing keg
  • Cleaning tab for deep cleaning
  • Bucket for measuring and system cleaning
  • Hops Pak Cradle
  • Step Filter + Lid
  • Quick Start Guide
How big is Pico Model C?
Weighing 23.75 pounds, and 12.5" wide x 16.5" high x 15" deep, the Pico Model C is designed to fit on your countertop, under most kitchen cabinets.
What is the difference between the Pico Model C and the Pico Pro?
The Pico Model C is ideal for new home brewers and is our most affordable Pico ever! The Pico Model C features a black, powder-coated exterior, a sleek 2-line OLED display, natural carbonation, a serving keg and a simpler-to-use Pico Model C Brew Keg that fits in your dishwasher. The Pico Pro for the more seasoned homebrewer. It features a stainless steel exterior and bigger OLED display. The Pico Pro comes with 2 ball-lock brew kegs, preferred by professional brewers. This stainless-steel keg features rubber grips and industry-standard ball-lock connectors that work directly with accessories like party taps and kegerators. For the ultimate brewing experience, it also includes an accessory kit that comes with a party tap solution and CO2 regulator so you can force-carbonate and go from grain to glass even faster!
What is the return policy for the Pico?
PicoBrew's high standards for our products are our top priority. As such, we hope our customers are thoroughly happy with their purchases. Our products come with a 15-day return policy after the purchase date for exchange or credit for purchases that are made directly from our web site or retail partners that do not satisfy the customer.
I'm moving, how do I update my address?
Navigate to the "Settings" tab in your www.picobrew.com profile (upper right-hand corner of screen, click on your username and then Settings). Any information saved here will be automatically updated in our system.

Brewing on the Pico Model C Questions

How long does it take to brew?
Pico's brew cycle takes a little over 2 hours to complete, depending on the specific PicoPak recipe. After the brew cycle is finished the beer will need to ferment for up to approximately a week before you drink it (fermentation times vary by beer). From PicoPak to pint the whole process will take approximately 7-10 days.
What's the highest ABV I can reach with Pico?
We've produced PicoPaks that create up to 10% ABV beers.
Are there any beer styles you can't make on the Pico?
No, it is possible to create PicoPaks for all the major beer styles. Our brewery partners are making PicoPaks for many different styles of beer.

After Brewing Questions

How do I know when my beer is done fermenting?
The fermentation process and its completion are functions of several variables, including: beer wort, time, temperature, aeration, and yeast. We provide you with a fermentation temperature decal that will give guidance on the ideal temperature range for fermentation depending on the beer style you brewed. Consult the table in the manual to see how long Fast Fermentation should take for your beer. You can also remove the lid from your brew keg to check fermentation status. Your beer is done fermenting when it is clear with little to no foam or some larger cola sized bubbles.
How do I transfer/rack my beer from a brewing keg to an empty keg?
Connect the Pico Model C unit's gray connector to the "IN" post and the racking tube to the "OUT" post. Turn on your Pico, scroll to Utilities and select Rack Beer. Pico will pump air into the brewing keg which will force the beer in the brewing keg over into the clean keg. This process will take roughly 10 minutes to complete. Do not leave the Pico or kegs unattended while racking beer.
How do I carbonate my beer once it's fermented?
Using Pico Model C accessories, you can carbonate your beer by keg conditioning (natural carbonation). Pour provided sugar packet into Keg with your racked beer. Let the keg sit undisturbed in the same area that you fermented the beer for about twice the amount of time it took for original fermentation, or until fully carbonated. Chill in refrigerator before serving. A CO2 regulator, cartridges and carbonation adapter can be purchased separately on BrewGear for forced carbonation.
Is the Pico Model C Brew Keg dishwasher safe?
Yes, the Pico Model C Brew Keg vessel can be cleaned in the dishwasher. The Pico Model C Brew Keg lid should be hand washed.

PicoPak Questions

What's in a PicoPak?
PicoPaks are biodegradable ingredient packs that are ready for you to brew upon arrival.
  • Grains are measured, ground, and mixed in our state-of-the-art facility, and placed in a grain bin that allows even brewing.
  • Hops are placed in 4 separate compartments, so we can achieve high bitterness or intense hop flavor in a multi-stage boil.
  • Interactive technology inside your Pico recognizes each specific PicoPak, automatically brewing it to perfection.
  • Made of a revolutionary food-based pulp, the PicoPak, the spent grain, and hops can all go in your compost bin.
Made of a revolutionary food-based pulp, the PicoPak, the spent grain, and hops can all go in your compost bin.
How much do PicoPaks cost?
Most PicoPaks cost between $19.00 and $30.00, depending on the beer and the ingredients. You can view our selection of PicoPaks in our BrewMarketplace.
Can I add my own ingredients to Pico?
While you cannot add your own ingredients to Pico, you can create custom PicoPaks using our FreeStyle BrewCrafter. FreeStyle allows you to select which hops, grains, and yeast you'd like, and the amounts of each. We'll send you your custom PicoPak pre-packaged and ready to brew.
Can I create and brew my own recipes?
PicoBrew is attempting to strike an ideal balance between beer customization and ease-of-use. Right now there are 3 ways to customize your beer:
  • Customize the bitterness (IBU) and/or ABV percentage of any PicoPak to your preference right before brewing.
  • Design a FreeStyle PicoPak. Our online FreeStyle BrewCrafter allows you select the hops, grains, yeast, and amounts of each. We will then ship your FreeStyle Pak to you fully packaged and ready to brew.
  • Create your own totally custom PicoPaks by joining the PicoBrew Brewers Network. You can develop these PicoPaks using loose ingredients on a Zymatic and then publish them as PicoPaks on BrewMarketplace. PicoBrew takes care of sales, packaging and fulfillment and you earn a commission on each sale of your original PicoPak recipe.
Do you guys make Gluten-Free PicoPaks?
We intend to offer White Labs Clarity Ferm as a choice at checkout with most PicoPaks. Depending on your sensitivity to gluten, this reduction may or may not meet your dietary needs.
What's the shelf-life of the PicoPaks?
This will depend on the recipe. We are targeting a six-month shelf life. If you are using a recipe with liquid yeast you'll need to take that out of the kit and refrigerate it upon arrival. If you are not going to brew immediately after receiving your PicoPak you should also store the hops in your refrigerator.
How much can I adjust the ABV/IBU of each PicoPak?
It depends on the recipe, but typically within +/- 5% of the original recipe target.
How do I dry-hop my beer?
Each PicoPak that requires dry hopping will come with a dry hop sachet which you'll drop into your brewing keg a few days after you pitched the yeast and fermentation has begun.
Will PicoPaks contain dry yeast or liquid yeast?
Each PicoPak will have a "default" yeast that was chosen by the brewery. Default yeasts can be dry or liquid and in some cases customers will have several yeast options to choose from.
I want my local brewery to make PicoPaks! How can I connect them to you?
That's awesome! Go ahead and direct them to our Brewery Signup page and make sure that they know to check the "Commercial Brewery" radio div. A PicoBrew team member will be in contact with them shortly!
I own a Zymatic. Can I author PicoPaks?
Yes, to get started join our PicoBrew Brewers Network (PBN) by visiting PicoBrew.com and clicking on Brewery Signup on the top navigation bar. With the PicoBrew Brewers Network (PBN) you can develop your own PicoPaks, list them on BrewMarketplace, and start earning royalties! Here's how: Formulate your recipe on your Zymatic, then "publish" your Pak online. We will then send you a sample PicoPak which you can test brew on the Pico. Once you approve your PicoPak, your creation will be listed on BrewMarketplace.

International User Questions

Do you ship Pico Model Cs internationally?
International shipping for Pico Model C will be available in early 2018.
What voltage does the Pico Model C use?
For 2017, Pico Model C is only available as 110V. There will be 220V international versions available in early 2018.
I'm an international user, how do I buy PicoPaks and how much does it cost to ship PicoPaks to me?
Currently PicoPak production facilities are based in the US only, so Paks must be shipped directly to customers. We're working on reducing shipping costs, while also working on setting up PicoPak production facilities in worldwide locations, which should reduce the net cost of Paks to you.

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