New Stretch Goal: Bigger Brewing Chamber and 9% ABV Beers!
When browsing through the comments, it seems that almost half in there are asking for a bigger brewing chamber. With just a week left in the campaign, we think it’s time to introduce a stretch goal! If we reach $350,000 in total funding, we will increase the brewing chamber size.
It took us a few weeks to analyze the problem, but it looks like we’ll be able to change some things up without sacrificing overall height. To hit our target of 60oz of grains (~9% abv), we’d have to increase the brewing chamber by 0.5” (1.2cm). That little bit of height does a lot because its all utilizable space compared to the bottom of the chamber which is contoured for liquid flow.
The great part of this solution is we won’t have to sacrifice any real height of the BEERMKR's externals. The original design has a tapered lid to reduce visual mass. The new design with an expanded brewing chamber requires the top of the device to be flat if we want to stay under cabinet height. It will make the unit look a little bigger to the eye, but it will fit into the same spaces as the previous design.
The tapered design had a lot of non-usable space in that top triangle. A major design goal on our side was to make the unit as non-offensive as possible so it could fit into a wide array of environments, like a kitchen countertop, an office, or even a shelf in your living room, so we made decisions before launching the campaign and sacrificed some of the internal space to achieve this.
But our backers have spoken so this is officially a stretch goal! If we reach $350,000 in funding, we will change up the design with a big brewing chamber (adding the possibility to make 9% all grain beers) and a flat top. Making this change will add a week to our production schedule since we need to re-do this part of the case. The good news is we haven’t begun cutting molds yet so this is the time to make the change!
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