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KEGSMARTS brings a craft brewpub to your home, with perfect draft pours, beer stats, ratings, temperature & servings control and more!
KEGSMARTS brings a craft brewpub to your home, with perfect draft pours, beer stats, ratings, temperature & servings control and more!
KEGSMARTS brings a craft brewpub to your home, with perfect draft pours, beer stats, ratings, temperature & servings control and more!
258 backers pledged $226,559 to help bring this project to life.

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KEGSMARTS: Smart Craft Brewpub Kegerator

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Did you miss out? Visit us at www.picobrew.com/ks for more info. 

We all love great craft beer and we think it should be treated with the respect it deserves.   Forget cans and bottles:  great craft beer should be served fresh from the keg and on tap, and for this you need a kegerator.

Unfortunately today's kegerators are pretty lame.  They don't serve your beer at precise temperatures, you can't learn about the beer or even figure out what's on tap, and they certainly don't tell you how much beer you have left...

That's why we invented KegSmarts™, the world's smartest craft beer kegerator.  KegSmarts™ brings the brewhouse to your house!  Now you  can enjoy craft beer like you do at your favorite craft brewery but in the comfort of your own home!

Already have your own kegerator?  We've got you covered!  We make an add-on kit that allows you upgrade your existing kegerator with KegSmarts™.

Homebrewer?  We're the guys who invented the world's first fully-automatic all grain beer-brewing appliance, the PicoBrew Zymatic®.  KegSmarts™ was designed to work seamlessly with Zymatic® and allow you to ferment your beer automatically and serve it perfectly.

This WiFi-enabled kegerator takes beer nerdery to the next level. -Playboy

Avoid an empty keg with a brilliant beer tap that knows what's left and more. -Digital Trends

Picobrew already brought you a badass beer-maker.  Now they're moving on to kegerators.    -GeekWire

We all love fresh craft beer, but if you don't have a kegerator, you're stuck with cans, bottles and growlers.   A kegerator is the quality-of-life-improver you need (just ask your friends)!

All kegerators are not created equal, however.  If you purchase our KegSmarts™ kegerator you'll be getting the roomiest, coldest, most technology-decked-out kegerator on the planet...beer technology at its finest!

If you already home-brew, and particularly if you use our award-winning PicoBrew Zymatic®, you are a perfect candidate for KegSmarts™!

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If you already own a kegerator, you can most likely upgrade it with KegSmarts BYO.  Standard 2.5" and 3" towers work beautifully...

How in the world did we think of the smart kegerator?  Pull up a chair, there's a story here...

PicoBrew was started in 2010 by two brothers, Bill and Jim Mitchell and their friend Avi Geiger.  The Mitchells were avid home brewers, while Avi was a craft beer aficionado.  Since Bill had been whiling away his time inventing things like smartphones and smartwatches, and Jim had been goofing off, pioneering food inventions with his famous grandfather (of Pop Rocks and Tang fame), it was almost a foregone conclusion that when they got together they would create the world's first automatic all-grain beer brewing appliance.   The three beer-loving partners introduced their invention, the award-winning PicoBrew Zymatic®, to the world in the Fall of 2013.  It was their first Kickstarter campaign.  They were nervous.  But thanks to craft beer lovers like you, they crushed their funding goal in a mere 24 hours, and went on to become the 2nd most successful Kickstarter Food campaign at the time.  

Avi was not satisfied, however.  Now he had a limitless supply of great craft beer, but no way to really enjoy the craft brew experience home! 

A long sequence of prototypes followed.  "The ultimate kegerator project" snapped into focus in the Spring of 2014 when the team had the epiphany that a keg-tower-mounted solution would enable both new and existing kegerators to "get keg smarts".   With diligent effort fueled by lots of beer-testing, the product nears completion now, which is why we need your help....

We're ready to go to production.  But production costs money.  And we need to be sure that there are enough craft-beer lovers out there like us who think a smart kegerator is a good idea to pull this trigger..  Are we crazy?  Maybe ...we'll find out...

If you make a pledge today you can help bring KegSmarts™ to market, and prove us sane.   And of course, we have rewards for you to thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

Our business centers on bringing the craft beer experience home to you in the form of great-looking products that perform in unique ways. We have already manufactured our first (Kickstarter-backed) product, the Zymatic, so we have experienced the trials and tribulations of bringing a complex product to market. Nevertheless, there are always risks such as:

MANUFACTURING: We experienced several problems with the tooling of our first product, and while we think we have our ducks in a row this time, there are always risks when making products that require manufacturing steps.

FULFILLMENT: Again, we experienced challenges in the UPS shipping of Zymatic -- large heavy packages sometimes get banged up in shipping. We think we have the packaging expertise to handle this problem well first-time this time around, but again, we may run into new issues.

INTERNATIONAL: We're mitigating our international risk this time by only shipping to US and Canada. International regulations (like CE Mark) add a whole separate layer of complexity to shipping products.
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    SHOUT IT! You want to get KegSmarter, so go ahead and say it on a (bumper) sticker: KegSmarts baby! (US shipping included, taxes not included)

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    WEAR IT! You've got a smart kegerator and your craft beer is pouring fine! Let the world know by wearing a KegSmarts(TM) Logo T-Shirt (US Shipping included, taxes not included)

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    BUILD-YOUR-OWN EARLY BIRD. If you've already got your own kegerator, KegSmarts BYO is what you need to make it smart. (Shipping and taxes not included)

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    BUILD-YOUR-OWN EXPERIMENTER. If you've already got your own kegerator, and it's a non-standard design, or you have a non-US power requirement, EXPERIMENTER is what you want. No power cables or power box included. (Shipping and taxes not included)

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    BUILD-YOUR-OWN. If you've already got your own kegerator, KegSmarts BYO is what you need to make it smart. (Shipping and taxes not included)

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    SINGLE-TAP KEGERATOR EARLY BIRD. This is it: the KegSmarts craft-beer single-tap kegerator. Enjoy great craft-beer at home! (Shipping and taxes not included)

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    DOUBLE-TAP KEGERATOR EARLY BIRD. This is it: the KegSmarts craft-beer double-tap kegerator. Enjoy great craft-beer at home! (Shipping and taxes not included)

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    DOUBLE-TAP KEGERATOR. This is it: the KegSmarts craft-beer double-tap kegerator. Enjoy great craft-beer at home! (Shipping and taxes not included)

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    DOUBLE-TAP KEGERATOR WITH 2 KEGPLATES. This is it: the KegSmarts craft-beer double-tap kegerator together with 2 KegPlates that will auto-measure your beer volume. Enjoy great craft-beer at home!

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    HOME BREWER HEAVEN. You want it all: Your own home craft brewpub! You've come to the right place! Included is a PicoBrew Zymatic(R) for brewing your own great craft beer, KegSmarts Double Kegerator, two KegPlates, a KegWarmer, two kegs, and your first recipe kit. (Shipping and taxes not included)

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    ULTIMATE HOME CRAFT BREW EXPERIENCE.
    This includes everything + we will fly PicoBrew’s award-winning, in-house master brewer, Annie Johnson to your house. She will help you set everything up, design a custom recipe for your tastes, and spend a day helping you brew your first batch. Just to cover any questions this ultimate package includes: Annie Johnson @ your house (max 8 hours), 1 PicoBrew Zymatic, 1 double tap KegSmarts, 2 kegs, 2 weight plates, 1 Fermenter cozy, 2 T-Shirts, and KegSmarts stickers. To be arranged on a mutually agreeable date between March 15th and October 15, 2015.

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