Frequently Asked Questions about MiniBrew

Everything you must know around brewing beer!

  • What is MiniBrew?

    MiniBrew is a beer brewing platform that unites people with an interest in craft beer brewing. The App, MiniBrew System, Smartkeg and Ingredient packs stimulate brewing creativity, enable people to brew in an easy way at their home and let people explore local beers from craft breweries around the world. By using sensors, innovative engineering and WiFi connectivity, MiniBrew is able to manage every process and fucntion of the beer brewing process which ensures professional quality craft beer.

  • When will the MiniBrew be available in my country?

    MiniBrew is currently in production stage and we expect the first machines to be available in Q3 2018 for early backers only. The capacity for the first producing batch is limited and almost sold out. First, we're going to launch the MiniBrew in Europe. After the launch, we'll spread out our wings to other continents like America, Asia and so on.

  • How is the MiniBrew different from other homebrew appliances?

    MiniBrew is different in its design, philosophy and experience. We developed the first truly all-in-one-brewingsystem by integrating the brewing process and fermentation in just one machine. It is the only machine that reduces complexity and time of brewing without compromising on user experience and quality of the beer. MiniBrew has multiple truly advantages like the temperature controlled fermentation that ensures the perfect conditions during the whole process. There is also no need to manually transfer your beer into serving kegs since MiniBrew uses the same keg to brew, ferment and serve. Further, the MiniBrew is equiped with an automatic integrated cleaning system which perfectly sanitizes automatically before and after each brew. 

  • What if I don't know much about beer brewing?

    That's okay! The MiniBrew system is designed for both beginners and experts. Beginners just get a little extra attention and will be guided through the brewing process by the app. Experts have the full freedoom to develop recipes and fully customise their brews.

  • What can I make with MiniBrew?

    You can brew any beer you like, however you like it and whenever you want it! From the lightest Pilsners, the darkest stouts, smooth blond beers to hoppy IPA's - you have ultimate control over your craft beer.

  • How do I brew with the MiniBrew?

    Download the app, choose your beer style, pick your recipe and add it to your shopping cart. Afterwards, the ordered ingredient pack will be delivered to your doorstep. Scan the QR code on the ingredient pack with the app, follow the instructions on the screen of your mobile device and hit the start button. The MiniBrew System starts brewing for 4 hours and after fermentation of at least a week you can tap your own brewed craft beer straight from the SmartKeg. Perfectly cooled down to enjoy your beer to the fullest. Cheers!

  • Where can I order my MiniBrew appliances?

    You can order your MiniBrew in our online store.

  • What are the payment options you offer?

    It is possible to pay your order by PayPal, Creditcard and Banktransfer (IDEAL). If you cannot make use of the offered options please send an email.

  • Is it possible to receive a MiniBrew system for testing or reviewing?

    No, currently we are working on the certification of the MiniBrew system and therefore we see no opportunities to lend out machines for reviewing/testing. Nevertheless, we are always happy to welcome people at our office in Utrecht (the Netherlands) to showcase the MiniBrew system. Contact us via hello@minibrew.io to explore the opportunities. 

  • Is it possible to become a distributor of MiniBrew in my country?

    Yes, we are always exploring possibilities in reselling and therefore it is important for us that you fill out the distributor survey to help you as well as possible. We will keep you posted regularly and get back to you as soon as we want to move forward with resellers. 

  • What are the shipping costs?

    The shipping costs depend on the weight and specific location in the world. Shipping costs are starting from 65 €.

  • When will my MiniBrew be shipped?

    The MiniBrew will launch end of Q3 2018 in Europe first and then spreading to all other continents. If you are an early backer, your MiniBrew appliances will be shipped as soon as possible after launch in Q3 2018. If you have ordered later on in the pre-order phase we will start shipping your MiniBrew appliances from Q1 2019 on, depending on our production batches.

  • What are the shipping box dimensions?

    The MiniBrew System and SmartKeg will be shipped in seperate boxes. The dimensions for the system are approx. 65 x 42 x 65 cm with a weight of approx. 14 kg. The dimensions for the SmartKeg are approx. 40 x 45 x 45 cm with a weight of approx. 8 kg.

  • Does the MiniBrew have a warranty?

    Yes, offcourse! We provide you with a standard 2 year warranty on the MiniBrew System and SmartKeg.
  • Can I cancel my MiniBrew pre-order?

    Yes its possible, contact us and we will refund it immediately.

  • Can I get a refund?

    Yes its possible, contact us and we will refund it immediately

  • Why should I download the app?

    The app allows you to discover beer styles from all over the world by using a beer compass. Just choose the color, amount of alcohol and flavor suiting your own taste preferences and the app will provide you with a matching recipe. Order it within the app and it will be delivered to your doorstep. To start the brewing process, easily scan the QR code on the ingredient pack with the app and hit the start button. The app will guide you through the complete brewing process and notifies you when needed, untill the moment you can tap your craft beer. 

  • Where can I get the app?

    The preview of the app, Beer Compass, is currently only available on IOS and can be downloaded in the AppStore, so if you have an iPhone/iPad/iPod running iOS 9 or higher your device will be compatible. We are planning on launching the Android app in the beginning of 2019.

  • Can I use the machine without the app?

    No, the app is fundamental to use the machine.

  • Can I use the app without the machine?

    Yes, you can still discover brew recipes, even when you don’t have a machine. Although we encourage you to have a machine to use the full potential of our app.

  • How much does the app cost?

    It's your lucky day! The app will cost you nothing and is available for free in the AppStore.

  • What will I receive when I order the MiniBrew System?

    Each MiniBrew System comes with a base station, including a SmartKeg, taphandle, CO2 connector, waterlock, kegstand, trubcontainer, waterhoses and cleaning system.

  • How do I control my MiniBrew System?

    The MiniBrew system can be controlled by the app. The app and the system communicate through the internet, so a Wi-Fi connection is mandatory. As the MiniBrew system is connected to the internet it doesn’t matter if you're right next to the machine or at the office, you’ll always be able to monitor your brew.

  • Will the MiniBrew System also work without internet?

    The MiniBrew needs a stable Wifi connection to get configurated for brewing. Nevertheless, if the internet connection gets lost during a brewsession, the machine will continue to follow the set up brewing process without any problems.

  • What ingredients can I use with my MiniBrew system?

    MiniBrew is an all-grain brewing system with 6 individual hop and flavoring containers. For the launch, you are able to use only the ready-to-brew Ingredient Packs from MiniBrew. In the future, you can add your own creations.

  • How long does it take before I can drink my beer?

    The brewing stage takes around 4 hours followed by fermentation. Fermentation can take from a week up to several months depending on the recipe. 

  • How much noise does the MiniBrew System make?

    The sound produced by MiniBrew during the brewing process is comparable to a dishwasher. During fermentation it is comparable to a computer fan that goes on once in a while. 

  • Do you smell the brewing process?

    We’ve minimized the smell to ensure your kitchen won't smell like the time you did an in-house BBQ.

  • How do I clean my MiniBrew System?

    Removable parts are dishwasher proof and the internal circuitry is cleaned with an automatic cleaning system. All you need to do is insert a regular (dishwasher) cleaning tab and hit start on the app.

  • Does the MiniBrew needs to be connected to the water supply line?

    A water in / outlet is needed for brewing and the automatic cleaning process.

  • What will I receive when I order an Ingredient pack?

    Every Ingredient pack will include a certain type of grain, hops, yeast and a QR code to start up your brewing. The amounts and types of ingredients will vary according to your recipe. We ask you to add the water. 

  • Is it only possible to brew with branded MiniBrew Ingredient packs?

    At launch, you can only use pre-packed ingredient boxes from MiniBrew. This gives users the time to get to know the Minibrew system and as a result successful brewing from the beginning will be assured. After the launch, we'll open the system so you can use your own local ingredients. 

  • What types of beer can be brewed with the MiniBrew Ingredient packs?

    The MiniBrew Ingredient Packs enable you to brew a whole lot of beers ranging from the lightest Pilsners to the darkest stouts.

  • How many liters of beer can I brew with one ingredient pack?

    The MiniBrew produces 5 till 5.5 liters of craft beer with one ingredient pack. The total final amount always depends on the beer style and wil thereforel slighty vary.

  • How can I get my Ingredient packs?

    Ingredient Packs will be available right from within the app and delivered to your doorstep. It's that easy!

  • How much will an Ingredient Pack cost?

    The price of an Ingredient pack will depend on the recipe and contents, but expect it to be in Europe starting from around €20 ex-shipping.

  • What will I receive when I order the SmartKeg?

    Each SmartKeg comes with a taphandle, CO2 connector, waterlock, kegstand and trubcontainer.  

  • Why is the keg called a SmartKeg?

    That's because the SmartKeg is equiped with integrated software, a heating/cooling unit and is WiFi connected. The SmartKeg can be plugged into the power line to be supplied with electricity. It regulates the temperture fitting your brewing recipe, so it either heats up during the fermentation process or cools down the beer when it is ready to drink. So you don't have to cool down your keg in a refrigerator. 

  • Will the SmartKeg work without internet?

    The SmartKeg needs a stable Wifi connection to get configurated for fermentation. Nevertheless, if the internet connection gets lost during the fermentation process, the keg will continue to follow the set up process without any problems.

  • How much does the SmarKeg hold?

    The SmartKeg fits up to ~6.8 liter - but you will get around 5 till 5.5 liters of craft beer depending on your recipe. 

  • How does the carbonation with the SmartKeg work?

    Carbonation on the SmartKeg works in 2 ways. One way is to naturally carbonate your beer by removing the waterlock during secondary fermentation. The formed CO2 then carbonates the beer, for some Belgian beers, more sugar is added to boost the CO2 production.

    Another way is to force carbonate the beer with CO2. This means the SmartKeg reduces the temperature and you plug in the CO2 connector to the keg. The CO2 then dissolves in the beer and carbonates it.

  • How do I seperate the yeast residue from my beer?

    Just place your SmartKeg on the kegstand and attach the trubcontainer underneath it. After fermentation you can release the yeast from the bottom by opening the ball valve. 

  • How long will my beer stay fresh?

    Since the keg protects the beer from any risk of contamination/oxidation the beer will stay fresh up to 3 months.

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