Beer Brewing Machine
BeerDroid Fully Automated Beer Brewing System with American Pale Ale BrewPrint
I really like Beer Brewing Machine solution for craft beer based on what I’ve seen and used so far, the BeerDroid fermentor and associated kegging equipment. My first beer is in the secondary fermentation stage, with another week or so to go.
I’ve been a home brewer for 30+ years, on and off. Mostly “off” recently, as It’s hard to find the time:
1 or 2 hours for planning and purchasing a partial mash recipe at a local brew store
5 or so hours of alone time without my spouse in the kitchen to cook the recipe and clean up afterward.
1 or 2 hours after brewing complete to bottle and/or keg the brew
While I really enjoy being able to share the finished product with family and friends (and drink some myself), it’s too hard to find the time every month or so to make a new batch.
I’m changing to BrewArt as it is much less time-consuming, as well as reviews showing it makes wonderful beer. It’s proving to be a real time saver to get me excited about brewing again. The trade-off: I’m giving up control over things like recipes and ingredients, as BrewArt has designed a “walled garden” system for brewing.
The Brew Art solution consists of:
The BeerDroid, a temperature/app controlled fermentor for 10 liters of beer
BrewPrints, complete kits for 45+ different types of beer for use with the Beerdroid
BrewArt’s complete kegging pack, each keg holds 5 liters of beer. (Brew Art also sells bottles and a filling tube for bottling beer.)
The Brew Flo, for dispensing beer kegs
The Brew Art app
The Brew Art website and support, which I’ve found to be very responsive. The Brew Art site also provides a community for sharing experiences.
The initial outlay for the BeerDroid is expensive, but my guess is I’ve spent near that amount over the years in a never-ending quest to try to control the beer making process (can anyone say “wort chiller”?).
The Beer Droid provides control over the process, plus I’ll finally be able to try some lagers, which require a controlled temperature for fermentation that is lower than the room temperature allowable for ales.
My first impressions of the Beer droid, Brew print, and the Brew Art App out of the box:
I had to do some quick assembly by inserting the tap, then another 15 minutes to install the Brew art app and hook the Brew droid to my Wi-Fi system. The setup went smoothly and my Brew droid gained a name through this process: “Beery White”.
The Brew art app’s “101” section extremely useful—it consists of many short videos of every aspect of setup, sterilization, brewing, kegging, and even pouring the brew. I used these videos almost exclusively to guide my efforts. An Australian narrator was a nice touch!
After sanitizing the keg by filling it with water, popping in a sanitizing tablet (supplied) and waiting an hour, I was ready to brew.
Now the big difference, instead of the 5-hour brewing time mentioned above, I spent maybe 15 minutes starting the brew for a “Spoke Amber Ale” Brew print. All I did was fill the Brew Droid with water, open the various packets of ingredients, and gently pour on top—no need to stir. In the Brew Art app, I selected “Spoke” and started brewing!
The Brewart app alerted me to the progress of the beer, starting with “propagation”, then detecting “fermentation” starting. When Beery White detected the fermentation was complete, it alerts me that it was ready to keg. This was about 5 days.
Next step, kegging. This is a fairly straightforward process:
Sanitizing tubes, connectors, and keg caps by disassembling, placing in a pan with water, adding another sanitizing tablet, and waiting 1 hour.
Inserting disposable liners into plastic keg jars
adding hop extracts and keg primer (sucrose) from the Spoke Brewprint,
then dispensing beer from the Beerdroid into the kegs
The app brewing 101 videos directed me through this process
I encountered a problem during sterilization of the kegging equipment. When dumping out the sterilization water, I must have lost 2 of 4 small poppets used for the keg cap assemblies. In the future, I need to have a list of items to check for when laying everything out to dry, before dumping the water down the sink.
Brew Art support came back quickly and said they’d send me replacement poppets at no charge.
I didn’t want to wait for the replacement poppets, though I could have. The BrewDroid has a “storage” mode, which cools the beer wort until ready to keg, then can warm it up again to the proper kegging temperature.
With only 2 of the poppets, I could fill one keg of beer, and decided to bottle the rest. This allows me to compare bottled vs. kegged, as well as providing beer that I can give to family and friends for their opinion as well.
Conclusion: This is a wonderful product, and I’m excited to be brewing again. I’ll be choosing some more BrewPrints (from a selection of 45+) to try. As long as the beer is perfect, I’ll be happy, even though the “walled garden” is counter to what I’ve done for years as a home brewer.Promised Review By Kim M
The BeerDroid Fully Automated Beer Brewing System is a state-of-the-art appliance that allows you to brew your own beer at home with minimal effort. Whether you’re an experienced brewer or a beginner, the BeerDroid makes it easy to create high-quality, tasty beer in the comfort of your own kitchen. One of the standout features of the BeerDroid is its fully automated nature. From start to finish, the process of brewing a batch of beer is completely hands-off. All you have to do is add the ingredients, select your recipe on the accompanying smartphone app, and let the BeerDroid take care of the rest. The appliance handles all the steps of the brewing process, including mashing, boiling, and fermenting, with precise temperature control to ensure the perfect outcome every time.
The BeerDroid is also designed to be easy to use and maintain. Its compact size means it won’t take up too much space in your kitchen, and its sleek, modern design will fit in with any decor. Cleaning is a breeze thanks to the dishwasher-safe parts and the built-in cleaning cycle. And if you do run into any issues, the BeerDroid comes with a comprehensive manual and access to customer support. One of the benefits of brewing your own beer is the ability to customize the flavors to your liking. The BeerDroid makes this easy by offering a range of pre-designed recipes to choose from, as well as the ability to create your own custom recipes using the smartphone app. Whether you prefer hoppy IPAs, malty stouts, or crisp lagers, the BeerDroid has you covered.
Overall, the Beer Brewing Machine is a top-of-the-line appliance that makes it easy for anyone to brew their own beer at home. With its fully automated process, compact size, and customizable recipe options, it’s the perfect choice for both seasoned brewers and those new to the hobby.