Food and Beverage
With the Alchema and fruit, it’s always wine o’clock

There’s nothing quite like the revitalizing, crisp taste of a freshly made drink. The problem lies in having the right equipment and time available to create these drinks. While home brewed beer is possible, it’s a lengthy and involved process that most won’t want to get into.

Luckily, when it comes to cider, a jug of store bought fruity goodness isn’t the only choice. With the Alchema, anyone is able to create fresh cider by following a pretty straightforward process. The airtight yet sleekly designed contraption first sanitizes the jug. After, users can throw in their favorite fruits and other ingredients along with packets of yeast in order to begin the fermentation process. In one to two weeks, a pitcher of certified delicious cider is ready for a user’s next get-together. Cider isn’t the only thing Alchema can create. Give it just a week and it can cook up some mead. If time is on your side, throw in some grapes and wait 16 weeks for the ultimate in sophistication: wine.

The Alchema companion app serves a variety of functions to streamline the cider-making process. With it, users can search and bookmark recipes from other users or upload and share their very own should they feel confident with their concoction. During the brewing process, the app can monitor how heavy the ingredients are, how much alcohol content is present, and ping users when the process is finally done. Each Alchema is going for $399 and is expected to ship in August 2016 should its Kickstarter campaign raise $80,000 by September 9th, 2016.

The Alchema will make a great addition to everyone’s kitchen since tasty, freshly-made alcohol is something that pretty much appeals to anyone. It sports a sleek, understated design and an extremely simple creation process as well. However, it takes a mighty long time for a drink to actually come out of Alchema, making it ill-suited for impromptu cider binges should the occasion arise.

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