The Dutch launch app-based mini beer brewer

After a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo, the first MiniBrew machines can be ordered online from this week. With the device developed by the Dutch, consumers can brew beer at home. Two years ago, founders Olivier van Oord and Bart van de Kooij from Utrecht had the idea to develop a beer brewing machine for home use

After a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo, the first MiniBrew machines can be ordered online from this week. With the device developed by the Dutch, consumers can brew beer at home.

Two years ago, founders Olivier van Oord and Bart van de Kooij from Utrecht had the idea to develop a beer brewing machine for home use. Now it is almost there. In the coming months, there will be plenty of testing, but whoever orders now will receive it by spring 2017 at the latest.

Apart from selling the device itself, Minibrew wants to make money with selling ingredients. In this way, quality can also be guaranteed, says Jordy Prinsen of Minibrew against Emerce. Users can experiment with the taste. Taste profiles can then be shared via the Minibrew platform.

The fully automatic MiniBrew is controlled by an app. After filling the malt, hops and water, the software takes over the process by simply pressing the telephone. After a brewing process of about 3.5 hours, the yeast can be added and fermentation begins. After fermentation, the user receives a message via the app that the beer can be tapped from the MiniBrew.

Minibrew claims to be the first with such a device. Prinsen: "What is on the market are solutions with which you can only realize part of the process."

The device is not really cheap with 1950 euros, "but that was not the first microwave". Minibrew says that the quality is at least as good as a traditionally brewed beer. "That has always been our goal, " emphasizes Prinsen.

The beer building machine could be realized with 126, 000 dollars in crowdfunding, a much higher amount than the founders had calculated. For the follow-up, 'real' investors are attracted. VOC Capital Partners has already invested 250, 000 euros in the company last year.