When PicoBrew introduced its PicoStill, a $249 distilling add-on to its Pico C brewing system, I used to be nonplussed. How may you produce good whiskey or gin in a compact system? Nicely you’ll be able to. Since then I’ve tried PicoBrew’s beer system and was very impressed — and now, after a stable style of the PicoStill’s gin, I’m a convert.
The $549 PicoBrew is a Keurig for beer. You buy a self-contained pod of components that matches contained in the PicoBrew’s brewing stomach. Then you definitely fill one other tank with distilled water and the PicoBrew boils, brews and flavors your beer. I made just a few beers and each had been very good. The PicoStill provides one other wrinkle to the method by pulling out the alcohol utilizing a low warmth distillation system.
Apparently, the PicoStill can separate out the heads and tails of the distillation course of routinely, making certain you get solely the tastiest a part of the distillation. This additionally means the PicoStill retains you protected and headache free, as most of the issues with house distilling contain capturing the unsuitable chemical substances like acetone, acetate and acetaldehyde. A separate chamber drains off the nastier components of the brew.
“By growing expertise that routinely separates the methanol from the heads, now we have considerably lowered the risks inherent in distilling spirits,” mentioned CEO Dr. Invoice Mitchell. “The PicoStill gives industrial distillers a flexible, protected, and straightforward to make use of small batch distilling answer.”
So how does it style? Two of our intrepid reporters tried a gin made with the nonetheless and pronounced it tasty and drinkable. Our personal Matt Burns referred to as it “pleasant” and clean with mild floral notes harking back to Bombay Sapphire. Whereas it received’t have all of the polish of a bottled spirit, you’ll be able to positively have enjoyable turning wine, beer and different mashes right into a tasty tipple or oil essences and, in the long run, that’s all that issues.