PicoBrew introduces DIY distilling deviceBy Nicola Carruthers
Seattle-based tech company PicoBrew has launched a Kickstarter campaign to take PicoStill, a “first-of-its-kind” tabletop distilling device, to a wider audience.
Licensed distillers can use the PicoStill to produce an array of spirits including vodka, whiskey, Bourbon, moonshine, gin, brandy and more.
It employs patent-pending technologies that make the process of distilling safer, including an indirect vacuum heating mechanism and a methanol collection chamber.
Licensed distilleries will be able to use the device to design flavoured spirits and test out small batches of new spirits and infusions before committing to larger batches.
“This level of precision and safety in distilling has never been available before, and we’re excited to offer distillers ultimate control over their cuts using our patent-pending technology,” said Jim Mitchell, chief science officer, PicoBrew.
PicoStill is topped with a copper distilling coil that fits over the Pico C Keg – the company’s existing countertop brewing appliance. The Kickstarter campaign has raised more than US$800,000 in two weeks.
“At 2bar Spirits, we’re intrigued by the possibility of using PicoBrew’s small batch-size vacuum PicoStill in the same way craft breweries are using PicoBrew’s brewing equipment for testing,” said Nathan Kaiser, founder, 2bar Spirits.
Dave Groom, co-founder and president, Schnapsleiche Craft Spirits, added: “We built our entire business around differentiation and customisation, and we need tools like PicoStill to continue creating and experimenting with exciting flavour profiles for our spirits. PicoStill allows us to be nimble and quickly test out new products before introducing them to our line.”
PicoStill is available now to Kickstarter backers for US$170, or packaged with the Pico Model C for US$499.