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Beer + Bluetooth = Brilliant

Today’s Kickstart Monday is all about making your beer brewing experience easier and smarter.

The process of brewing beer is time-consuming and requires dedication. Today, brewing your own beer at home has become a popular endeavor, but it’s not without its headaches.

The process requires a careful eye and precision — it’s very much like a science experiment, in a lot of ways! And like a science experiment, the taste and complexity of your brew can be tweaked and adjusted by changing up your process a bit.

The creators of Bieree want to help. With 20+ years of experience in brewing, Leonardo Estevez has learned a few things.

“One of the things I realized early on was that if you want to tweak your recipe, you need to control and record the temperature throughout the entire process,” he says on the Kickstarter page. “I decided to make this latest version programmable and give it the ability to record temperature(and whatever other sensors and controls you want to use) over time.”

Yes, essentially Bieree makes the process of home brewing all navigable and programmable through an app!

How it works:

It’s helpful to know a bit about the brewing process, which has been broken down on the Bieree Kickstarter page. The Beiree creators actually recommend going through the process of making beer in order to better understand it.

900e1d6ed6ccf9da7e8579870d599057_largeBieree contains five electronic components:

  • a Bluetooth Micro-controller circuit with two power FETs
  • two food grade coffee machine pumps
  • a temperature probe
  • a power relay

 Bieree can be programmed through any Bluetooth app. Android or iPhone applications enable users to control the timing and temperature at which pumps are turned on.  The power relay also enables temperature control of a refrigerator with the thermal probe for fermentation. 

To support the Bierre Kickstarter and learn more about the beer-making process, check out the project here!

Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.