Join the Craft Beer Revolution!
By Brad Frischkorn
By some accounts, ancient civilizations have brewed beer -- or beer-like beverages -- in their homes for over 5,000 years.
The industry certainly seems set for a return to the old days, as the ‘craft beer revolution’ has caught on with force. In the United States alone, craft brewers produced 24.5 million barrels of suds with a retail dollar value of some $22.3 billion in 2015, according to the Colorado-based Brewers Association. The numbers reflect double digit gains in volume and value, amounting to a whopping 21% market share of all beer sold that year.
Connosseurs note that earlier this year, even U.S. President Barack Obama shared his recipe for the first-ever home brewed beer in the White House.
Fuijian, China-based Linktop Technology Co. Ltd. has joined the growing list of craft beer machine manufacturers with an apparatus that can churn out high quality craft beer in as little as a week.
The 60 x 42 x 43 cm, 26kg Daufim beer maker is made of System Usability Scale (SUS) 304 grade stainless steel that meets both U.S. and Japanese food prep standards for alkali and acid corrosion. It runs on 220-volt AC power, carries a 2,000 watt rating, and sports a 60-year design life.
The Daufim is a U.S. design, and employs an on-board LCD panel to monitor every aspect of the ongoing brewing process. It also works with a downloadable app so the brewer can keep tabs on exactly when and how much malt, hops, yeast, and priming sugar to add.
All instructions, including how to tweak one’s formula for bitterness or sweetness, thicker or thinner body, etc. come with it. The machine can produce up to 25 liters of craft beer at one time.
One batch of brew, including the fermentation process, typically takes about a week with Linktop’s machine – vastly shorter than manual production times.
“Beer making kits are designed to make the brewing process as simple as possible,” says Linktop overseas sales agent Patty Huang. “With the Daufim, brewing beer at home doesn’t get much simpler.”
The market is certainly not lacking competition; the craft beer industry is growing at a rate of more than one new brewery per day, with nearly all starting as homebrewing operations, according to equipment maker Standard-Knapp.
Craft beer prepared with Linktop’s machine was eagerly quaffed by curious testers at Global Sources’ Consumer Electronics trade fair held in October in Hong Kong. The beverage was remarkably refreshing, almost akin to a brewed champagne.
The Daufim has thus far been a hot seller; internationally, the company has already moved about 500 of the units after its recent debut, adds Ms. Huang.
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