MiniBrew Update March 2016

By Patrick Layer
March 23rd, 2016
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Hop Unit

Status update and schedule

Just wanted to share our game plan for the upcoming months. We will continue to post our updates on Indiegogo campaign campaign (and automatically) inform you by email too. With our efforts focused on coordinating a lot of moving pieces, we want to do our best to keep you well informed and thirsty!

MiniBrew team meeting

Ko is currently discussing with Ruben, our senior engineer how to make final enhancements of our clean in place system.

Currently, we’re in a phase called Engineering Verification. During this phase, we are building all beta machines. We kicked this off by perfecting the build of one machine. 


Here our key facts:

  • Built prototype that brews beer just like professional craft brewers
  • Tested multiple recipes to make sure you can brew any variety while maintaining quality   
  • Reduced steam and odor emissions
  • Started Request For Quotation list for factories (RFQ)
  • Sped up tooling on various simple components like tubes, bolts, connections and valves.
  • Started our first software test. Beta backers will receive an invite to download our first version of the app.


While testing our first beta machine, we discovered that some parts need additional engineering as they did not fulfill the quality specs required. Our goal at MiniBrew is to have a compact, durable, efficient and top quality machine. Although we have identified a few issues, such as continuing boil and implementing a flawless cleaning system, we are equally as equipped with a solution. To address these minor hiccups, we have hired a test engineer with extensive experience in food technology dedicated to collaborating more actively with mechanical engineers manufacturing our components. This will give us the ability to speed up the process, but maintain the integrity of the machine. We have made the decision to tweak the design of a few components, which results in longer development and test time.

Schedule

In terms of our schedule, we have been bouncing back between Amsterdam and our suppliers based in China and Germany. Due to this and the component design modifications, we have fallen a bit behind the aggressive timeline for delivery. We have discovered planning and scheduling a major manufacturing project is complex. We are working diligently and our manufacturing partner is ready to jump in with full batch production. From our view, the design and functionality needs to be near perfect before we move into a phase called “Design For Manufacturing” where we refine the design of the material parts for high volume production. Here a few more components we want to share.

Water test

We’re doing a water test in our a new sleek design that works perfectly

Hop Unit

An inside look of our hop unit.

Our goal is to provide accurate information, and we want to share that we will not be able to start production until summer 2016. With this revised deadline, we will share an updated post production when we can confirm with 100% certainty. Our commitment to you is to move as quickly as possible while maintain the integrity of the machine and post regular updates so you are always informed.

In the next update, we will deliver additional details about the software development progress.Thanks again for backing us. We appreciate your patience and your commitment to receiving a top notch Minibrew! 


Cheers

MiniBrew team
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