Meet Pico Pro

Your personal beer brewing machine

How it works

The science behind better brewing.

For the love of beer.

Pico Pro makes brewing easy. Choosing what to brew next is hard.

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Authentic craft brewing on your countertop.

With the new Pico Pro 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 about a week.

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

Pico Pro 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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“The best new craft brewery might be in your own basement”

“...its beers stand up to even the best homebrews I’ve had before”

“...it’s an impressive machine—it makes beer!”

Pico brings the craft of brewing within reach.

Brewing the freshest, highest-quality beer has never been easier – or tastier. With a Pico Pro 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 Pro automates the craft brewing process and fits on your kitchen counter.


Brewing with your Pico Pro.

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 Pro 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.


Carbonation: tiny bubbles that make beer happy.

Forcing the right amount of carbonation into your beer finishes it off, allows the beer to be crisp and refreshing, enhancing bitterness and mouth-feel, and carrying the fresh hop and malt aromas to your nose. Pico Pro comes with a precision CO2 regulator and cartridges that allow you to finish your beer perfectly.


Built to brew

We’ve designed every aspect of the Pico Pro 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 Pro 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.
Stainless-Steel exterior
Designed to look great in your kitchen and be easy to clean.
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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 Pro 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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Stainless-Steel exterior
Designed to look great in your kitchen and be easy to clean.

Specifications


Convenient profile

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

Interactive technology

Your Pico Pro 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

2.7” display, 128 X 64px
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 Keg

Cornelius ball lock
Diameter: 8.5”
Height: 11”
Empty weight: 6.5 pounds
Volume: 1.75 gallons / 6.6 liters

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
EU: 230V
Plug types
US: Type B, 3-pin
EU: Type G, w/ Universal EU adapter

Accessories

Sous vide adapter
Transfer tube
Keg cozy
Black keg wands (2)
Keg seal
Keg seal stopper
Ball lock CO2 regulator
3/8 thread adapter Dip tube brush
Keg brush
Hops Pak cradle
Cleaning tab
Party tap
Quick-start guide
74-gram food-grade CO2 cartridges (x2) (US Only)

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.

“Pretty soon anyone with a Pico should be able to mimic their favorite beer—or invent a new one”

“With ready-to-brew ingredients, easy to follow instructions and state-of-the-art hardware and software, Pico is cool to look at and painless to operate.”

“The Pico is the second generation home brewing appliance from PicoBrew,... and in it they’ve made massive strides in simplicity, size and cost.”

"The coolest thing about the Pico, though, is how you actually brew the beer. Instead of loading up loose ingredients according to a recipe, you use prepackaged pods of grains, hops, and yeast. Just fill the chamber with water when you start, load in the different pods at each step, dump in the yeast pack, and you're good to go."

"...it greatly reduces the complexity of making beer."

"This countertop home brewery has been called a "Keurig for beer," but that's not a fair claim. The beer a Pico produces is far higher quality than any liquid that's ever shot out of a Keurig."

“The beauty of the Pico is that it guides you through the process while still allowing you to participate in the process...... And maybe I’m crazy, but being able to whip up a batch of Brew Free or Die IPA in my own kitchen is fun.”

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What’s Included In the Pico Pro Machine Purchase?

Pico Pro Includes:
The Pico Pro brewing machine
Two (2) 1.75G brewing kegs, metal keg lids, red fast fermentation adapters, and fermentation temperature decals
Keg seal and stopper
Keg cozy for maintaining brewing temperature
Ball-lock CO₂ regulator (with 5/8" thread adapter)
3/8” threaded adapter for 16 gram CO₂ cartridges
Party tap for dispensing
Sous vide adapter
Transfer tube for transferring wort from brewing keg to dispensing keg
Two (2) black keg wands for system cleaning
Dip tube brush
Keg brush
Cleaning tab for deep cleaning
Hops Pak Cradle
Quick Start Guide

How big is Pico?

Pico’s dimensions are 16”x12”x13.81” (HxWxD), and it weighs 31.5 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!

Is Pico Pro backed by a warranty?

With the right care and feeding, Pico Pro is designed for years of great service in the home. We are offering a one year limited warranty for all Pico units.

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 Pro?
  • The Pico Pro brewing machine
  • Step filter and step filter lid
  • Hops Pak cradle
  • Two (2) 1.75G brewing kegs, metal keg lids, red fast fermentation adapters, and fermentation temperature decals
  • Keg seal and stopper
  • Keg cozy for maintaining brewing temperature
  • Ball-lock CO₂ regulator
  • 3/8” threaded adapter for CO2 regulator
  • Party tap
  • Sous vide adapter
  • Transfer tube
  • Two (2) black keg wands for system cleaning
  • Dip tube brush
  • Keg brush
  • Cleaning tab for deep cleaning
  • Hops Pak Cradle
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 74 gram food-grade CO2 cartridges not included in box. Pressurized CO2 cannot ship to some locations, register your Pico Pro and check online to see if your location is supported.
How big is Pico?
Weighing 23.75 pounds, and 12.5” wide x 16.5” high x 15” deep, the Pico Pro is designed to fit on your countertop, under most kitchen cabinets.
Is Pico Pro backed by a warranty?
With the right care and feeding, Pico Pro is designed for years of great service in the home. We offer a one year limited warranty on all Pico Pro units.
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 database.

Brewing on the Pico Pro 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 a week before you drink it. 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 and whether you chose to use Fast Fermentation or Standard Fermentation.

For Fast Fermentation: To check if fermentation is complete, pull up on the fast fermentation adapter pressure relief valve once to release pressure inside the brewing keg. Within an hour, pull up on the pressure relief valve again. If you hear no rush of escaping CO₂ then your fermentation is complete. If you do hear escaping CO₂, then allow fermentation to continue for another day and attempt again the next day.

For Standard Fermentation: To check if fermentation is complete, look to see if there is any bubbling activity inside the airlock on top of the brewing keg. If it has been about 10 days, and there are no bubbles, your fermentation is complete. If there is activity, let the beer continue to ferment for a couple more days and check airlock activity again.
How do I transfer/rack my beer from a brewing keg to an empty keg?
There are two options for transferring or racking your beer:
  • Transfer with Pico: This is the suggested option for someone new to homebrewing or who doesn't have a spare CO2 regulator and cartridge. Connect the Pico Pro unit's gray ball lock connector to the “IN” brewing keg post, and the Transfer Tube to the “OUT” post of each keg. 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.
  • Transfer with CO₂: You can connect the ball lock CO2 regulator with a cartridge to your brewing keg “IN” post and attach the transfer tube to the “OUT” post of each keg. This will generate the pressure to transfer your beer from one keg to another.
How do I carbonate my beer once it's fermented?
There are two ways in which you can carbonate your beer:
  • Forced Carbonation: Attach a 74 gram CO₂ cartridge to your ball lock CO₂ regulator, and connect to the Brewing Keg IN post. Adjust to 24 psi and let sit in refrigerator for 36 hours.
  • 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.
How long will my beer stay carbonated after I begin dispensing?
If you are dispensing with a CO₂ system, either a commercial mini kegerator, or our included Party Tap, and there aren't any leaks in the system, the shelf life could be anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the style.
What accessories will I need to pipeline my production of beers and have multiple beers available at the same time?
This will depend on how many beers you want to be brewing, fermenting, and serving all at the same time. You use one brewing keg during the brewing session as well as the fermentation process before transferring to another keg for carbonating and serving. For example: If you wanted to have 2 beers on tap, and brew one batch while fermenting another at the same time, you would need 4 brewing kegs (2 for on draft beers, 1 for brewing, and 1 for fermenting) and either two CO₂ regulators / party taps or a kegerator.
What accessories will I need to dispense my beer using a kegerator?
You will need a kegerator equipped with ball-lock connectors, both on the gas/CO₂ line and the beer line. Most off-the-shelf kegerators come with Sankey connectors but ball-lock adapters may be purchased from homebrew supply stores to convert your kegerator to use ball-locks. Your brewing kegs are also designed to be used as serving kegs, or you can use off-the-shelf 2.5-gallon, 3-gallon, or 5-gallon ball-lock (Cornelius) kegs for your kegerator.

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 Pros internationally?
We do ship Pico Pros internationally. To purchase an international unit, scroll to the bottom of the Pico Pro page, and select "Looking for International Versions?"
What voltage does the Pico use?
Units sold in the US and Canada are 110V and have Type B plugs (standard for the US and Canada). International units are 220V and will ship with a choice of Type F or G plugs. If you live somewhere with a different plug, you are probably already accustomed to needing an adapter for imported goods.
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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