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Whirlpool's Vessi is a homebrew fermentor that pours a pint

Engadget Engadget 31/05/2016 Billy Steele
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There's no denying the popularity of homebrewing beer among DIYers, and we've seen a number of devices that aim to make that process easier. The latest small appliance comes from a familiar name: Whirlpool. With the Vessi fermentor and tap system, the company says it is reducing the time it takes to make beer from a month down to seven days. Of course, that fermentation time depends on what style you're brewing, but for a 3.3% "light blonde ale," Whirlpool says that 7-day turnaround is possible.

The Vessi looks to be about the size of a kegerator tap system, only this setup also includes those fermentation and carbonation components. A single-tank design is sealed and pressurized with temperature controls to ensure the process goes smoothly (in theory). Whirlpool says that this design reduces the risks of issues like contamination and oxidation that are common to homebrewing. It also skips the process of bottle conditioning by "retaining" the beer's carbonation throughout fermentation. The company didn't explain exactly how that works in the press release, so we reached out for more info and we'll be sure to update when/if we hear back.

Whirlpool's Vessi is a project from W Labs and is the result of "researching, testing, designing and rethinking the entire beer brewing process." In an effort to get turn the system into a real addition to homebrew setups, the company is leveraging the crowdfunding prowess of Indiegogo. Part of the enterprise initiative it launched in January, Indiegogo wants to be a spot where big companies go to gauge public interest in an R&D product and, of course, drive pre-order sales. If you're willing to commit funds for a Vessi, doing so during the campaign that launches today will save you 37 percent off the regular price for $1,899. That discount brings the cost to around $1,200.


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