Sling in some fruit, toggle alcohol levels in the app, raise your glass to the wonders of the internet.
The Internet of Things has sent home brewing to seriously boozy new heights, with beer fermenting beasts like Whirlpool’s Vessi whipping up craft ale in a week without you really needing to lift a finger. But you do have to be willing to sacrifice some space on your kitchen countertop for the privilege. If you’re thirsting for a WiFi-assisted tipple on a smaller, more portable scale, it’s Alchema you need.
Currently crushing its funding goal on Kickstarter, Alchema is designed to make brewing your own booze at home as simple as making a pot of coffee. Except it looks tons more fun – and it makes more than just one kind of drink. You can made cider, mead, and a finely-honed glass of wine in this crafty pod.
Once you’ve told the App what you’re drinking, all you have to do is put the right ingredients inside Alchema’s belly. Chuck in some wine grapes or other fresh fruits, add sugar and water, sprinkle in a yeast packet, and let Alchema do the rest. The pod will even weigh your ingredients as they go in to make sure you’re onto a winning flavour.
It takes up to 2 weeks for Alchema to convert your ingredients into a tasty drink, but while you’re waiting you can monitor and toggle the process via the app. It will even keep you posted on the alcohol level to give you the opportunity to adjust it to your liking.
When the brewing process is complete, Alchema will send you a notification to let you know it’s time to get sipping. All that’s left to do is grab yourself an unspillable glass for the ultimate smart drink.
Alchema has another month left on Kickstarter to rake in funding, although it’s already sailed way past its funding goal. Worldwide shipping is set for July 2017, and you can currently pre-order it for $359 (£278).