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@Michael, my apologies - I just realized that I made a typo. The list of craft beers in our FAQ is 13, not 12 and of various types as well. At the moment, we are focused on the product so updating our list may be limited for some time (as it requires more work than putting the name in the list), but certainly before you receive your product it will be and we will keep you updated. Cheers!
@William, thanks so much for your message. I will move the answer to your question to comments section in our updates. Cheers!
@Mark, thanks so much for your message. Hope my message below explains your question. Yes on your second comment, having a separate bottle will make it uneconomical for the counterfeiters to release any unapproved things to the platform. Unapproved accessories on video game systems may result only in broken electronics, but unapproved beer kits can get you sick, which we must not have on our platform. We want HOPii to be known for quality and ensure safety of all our users. Cheers!
@Martin, thanks so much. On the solution, yes we are currently working on it and we will be sending you more information on it as it happens via backer communications. Our plan is to start in the US and as we grow, we will certainly be looking to make and send the beer kits from other regions as well. Cheers!
Our apologies for the delayed responses. We were caught up with many things during the past month and did not realize there were several comments and questions posted. Let me catch up with the comments below.
@Michael, we are working on creating our official website, which is imminent. It will be on https://hopii.beer. The full list of beer kits will be available at our launch, but for now, we have the list of 12 beers in our FAQ. Regarding brewer's mode, it's very flexible and you can make any drinks you want. Device is very flexible and your assumptions are correct. My apologies for the confusions, on the bottle type, what I meant to say was that we wanted to create a brewer's mode specific bottles to enhance the experiences and protect the platform. You can make anything you want in these bottles. Hope this explains, please don't hesitate to ask any more questions that you may have. Cheers!
Any other backers feel uneasy about the latest update?
"On the other side of the news, we had a couple of big pledges with credit card issues that unfortunately ended up not making the Kickstarter’s deadline. Initially, we had enough funds to start our manufacturing, but now we will need additional funding before starting our manufacturing. Good news here is, we will be going for securing enough funds so that once we secure the funding, we will be able to start right away and go all the way to completion without resting. And, as we will be finished with our new hardware design by then, we will be able to start tooling and manufacturing right away with the new design as soon as the funding is secured. However, unfortunately we will most likely face some delays. We are trying to figure out what the delay impacts are and as soon as we know, we will let you know. This will most likely be dependent on how quickly we can secure our next round of funding. We will be working very hard to secure our funding so that we can minimize the impacts as much as possible on bringing the product to you (which we really want to make happen asap). In the meantime, we will be working very hard on the new sup’d up version of the product and the features and testing it to the extreme so that we can ensure an amazing experience for you that we want HOPii to stand for when you receive your product."
Was or was not this project successfully funded? If it wasn't I would like a full refund.
Ahhh, unless you are trying to prevent counterfeit beer kits and setting a higher price for the brewers mode bottles is intended to make it uneconomical for counterfeiters to use these to create and sell these kits?
Thanks for the response. I'm a little confused as to how restricting the bottle type will allow you to block ingredients? In brewers mode I would expect to be able to add any ingredients I wish to the bottle?
Incidentally, had you not included brewer's mode I would not be a backer, so I think it was a wise choice. And I suspect that you will find those of us who want brewers mode will still be open to interspersing "easy" beer kits with our own creations, especially if you can make this cheap enough for those of us overseas :)
@Creator I owe you guys $5. In the survey thing in December I added so I will get HOPii with one beerkit+ 3 added beerkits. Don't forget to charge me now..
I see from your post 31 December here that you are currently working on a solution that would keep it for a long time. If not I will get the beerkits periodically.
If sent periodically that is okey. Any word on having beerkits made and sent from within Europe? (I am from Norway)
Do ye have a website? Just curious to see if there are various beer kits? Or how dies it work? I’m new to brewing so excuse the basic question.
Also ye showed kombucha (no doubt spelt wrong), as one thing outside of beer ye made, ultimately this ability to produce other drinks with brewers node is what sealed the deal for me. In your last comment you mentioned restrictions hence bottle size... so that has me wondering how restricted brewers mode is as I backed this machine under the impression I could experiment and make my own distinct drinks alcoholic and non alcoholic. Can you clarify please or email me at address on survey with response please.
@Mark, our apologies for the delay in response. It's been hectic during and after CES. For #1, yes, the Brewer's Mode bottle supplied in beer kit with HOPii will be reusable. For #2, one of the main experiences that we wanted to deliver with beer kits is 'easy', thus you will brew and drink your beer and simply recycle your bottle. As we are working to make them recyclable, we will be good from environmental perspective.
One of the biggest reasons why we cannot make just any bottle to be used with brewer's mode is your safety. As Brewer's Mode is so flexible, it would theoretically enable anything to be brewed on HOPii. Unfortunately, there may be unapproved cheaply made (from other parts of the world potentially) ingredients being sold through unapproved channels that may not be safe to consume. This was one of the biggest reasons why we were opposed to releasing brewer's mode initially. Because so many people wanted Brewer's Mode, we decided to release Brewer's Mode but by limiting the type of bottles that could be used with Brewer's Mode, we can block unsafe counterfeit ingredients from being brewed on HOPii and make sure that only the safest and approved ingredients are used on HOPii. Hope this explains. Cheers!
Hi guys, ok so I think I'm understanding:
1. The beer kit supplied with Hopii is essentially a "Brewer's Mode" bottle and airlock cap pre-filled with wort. Therefore reusing it is possible as it is a thicker plastic?
2. Additional beer kits are supplied in a cheaper bottle. I am guessing that this will consist of a thinner plastic (and the same airlock cap, or is the cap non-removable on the beer kits?) which would not stand up to reuse as easily?
I can understand the logic behind this as for those who will not reuse, minimising the cost of the packaging is desirable. It's unfortunate that the bottle cannot be reused from an environmental perspective, though (perhaps you could choose to have your beer kit supplied in a brewers mode bottle for a couple of extra £ in future).
One last question (apart from confirming the above)... you say that you are looking into making "brewer's mode" bottles more reusable... was that a typo and you meant "beer kit" bottles? If not then I am now wondering how the brewer's mode bottles are not as reusable as they could be...
@Mark, the beer kit shipped with the device is special and will come with the bottle that will be reusable for brewer's mode. The brewer's mode kit is for if you need extra and it comes with extra brewer's (airlock) cap as well. We are looking into making brewer's mode bottles more reusable to enhance the experience. Cheers!
Just to add, on October 6th you said: "Using brewer's mode will be simple. You can use the bottle that will come with the beer kit that we will send you with the device or if you need, we will also have more bottles at HOPii's beer store.".
That would seem to suggest that the beer kit bottles *can* be used for brewers mode? Are the dedicated brewers mode bottles different in any way, higher quality or anything like that?
Hi guys, thanks for the response. I thought I read somewhere that it is possible to use the bottle and cap from a beer kit in brewers mode once it is empty as it is essentially just a standard bottle and cap? What is it that makes it single use?
@Mark, thanks so much for your message. Beer kit is used to brew a specific beer (and use once only and has ingredients for the beer, it's like a pod for craft beer) and is not for brewer's mode (multiuse, it's like a maker's kit and does not come with ingredients). For brewer's mode, you will need the brewer's mode kit. It depends on what your needs are. Cheers!
Just to check, is the only difference between a "Beer Kit" and the "Brewer's Mode Kit" that the Beer Kit also includes the ingredients to make 3l of beer? If so I think I will opt for extra beer kits rather than brewer's mode kits to also benefit from the beer :)
@Michael, we are currently working on a solution that would keep it for a long time. If the final solution is not long enough for us for some reason (not anticipated at the moment), we will not ship them all together but periodically so that you have the freshest. Quality is most important to us and we will keep you updated.
You will be able to get more from our beer store in app. Initially we will be shipping it from US and expand to Europe and more in the future, but our goal is to make it as transparent to you as possible.
Happy new year!
Hit survey working, pm’d a couple of questions to ye looking for more info on the add ons please.
Especially the beer kits I recall t adding it before but to find comments using phone can take forever. How long can they be stored for without affecting quality? Also I live in Ireland where will I be able to buy more? If online through ye what delivery costs like? Just trying to plan ahead and finally on the beer kits and add ons in general will they all arrive with Hopii?
@Michael, sooner the better especially as we will be sending updates via emails from survey. We have a team at Backerkit who is handling questions and they will be back on Jan 3. Your question should be handled as soon as they are back. Happy holidays and cheers!
When does survey need to be completed for? I had issues opening mine emailed backerlit? Not survey of name but who ever it is that handles surveys for ye awaiting response
HOPii with one beerkit + 3 addon beerkit coming my way some time in the future..It will be fun
When might that be?
@Michael, how about if I send some more pictures of midnight silver in our next update? I think everyone can benefit from it. Cheers!
Any chance I could see more photos of the midnight silver? If you want you can forward via email I’ll message you my address
@Michael, I agree with you that it would have been a cool color. What we found though is that when we put the devices with these colors (Rose Gold and Midnight Silver) next to each other and ask people to choose one, most people selected Midnight Silver. Even at American Music Awards, 100% of celebrities who saw both units (and drank our beer) selected Midnight Silver. I am a fan of the Rose Gold color too, but HOPii does look amazing on Midnight Silver color and everyone loves Midnight Silver over any other color including Rose Gold. :)
Just looking back yeah it looks like I’m colour blind lol, yeah probably was the rose gold light reflection. Also all those lovely images of larger/ale may have had my eyes playing tricks. Now that would have been a cool colour:)
@Michael, thanks so much for your comment. I believe you are referring to the Rose Gold color, which was in the survey. We did not have any yellow-gold variant of prototype. The 3 colors that we have as prototypes are the Midnight Silver, Fire Red and Rose Gold. Hope this helps. Cheers!
The ale colour I’m referring to was a yellow/gold like colour don’t recall seeing it in the voting opitons I think he had it at one of yer public displays
@Michael, Thanks so much for your post. The colors in the site were actually in the options - I believe that the ale color you mentioned is the fire red. It was very important for us to make a decision on optimizing the manufacturing, thus was the reason for the voting idea. We completely agree with you and the beauty of the device is a part of the HOPii experience - we will make the device look very beautiful. Cheers!
Personally I was under the impression there was going to be more than one colour opiton when I joined campaign and the vote was for an exclusive Kickstarter voted exclusive colour also for those who wanted it. Throughout the campaign ye posted many beautiful photos many of these showed the HOPii in different colours some not even available in the voting opiton like the beautiful one with the ale like colour.
I’ve no doubt this product will be excellent and do exactly what ye promised. It is a big piece of kit and the colour will make it stand out anywhere it’s going to be placed to the public eye. This purchase for me beside the fabulous functionality benefits the aesthetics are an important factor too.
@Michael, thanks so much for your question. Unfortunately, we only have opportunity for one color at the moment and was the reason why we voted for the color of choice by our backers. Midnight silver looks great and at all events that we showcased HOPii, most everyone wanted the midnight silver color. We will work hard to make it look very beautiful. Cheers!
@John, Thanks so much for your questions. We will be having an application with beer store, where you can get all your beer kits and accessories and gears alike. We are also building our website, stay tuned for more information on this. On second question, we are working very hard to make long shelf life and this is our target. We will keep you updated on this as well. And, this was a great question, so no worries. Cheers!
Is it possible to get a different colour if desired? I’m willing to wait on delivery.
Hello, I was thinking recently and had a few questions as a future HOPii owner.
First, where will we be able to buy HOPii beer kits during the years to come? The HOPii is a fairly expensive item, and I want to be able to get plenty of use out of it. I took a look around to see if there was a dedicated HOPii website yet, but I couldn't find one. Will you guys be setting up your own website where I can get kits, or will the kits be bought directly from the breweries?
Second, (and please pardon my ignorance of the finer points of brewing) how well do the beer kits keep before they are brewed? Would it be inadvisable to load up on ten or so kits and consume them over the course of a year?
Manual mode is the key, as for receipr book that’s cheating
Beer shakes, chocolate stouts, oh my!!
Dunkleweizen ist auch sehr gut. Porter, lagers, IPA, Cider. Very excited to try the unit!
A Hopi brewmaster recipe book would be a great gift idea.
@Michael, Thanks so much for letting us know. We are working to determine if we can get this feature there for you. We will keep you updated. Cheers!
Thanks for reply, without the manual mode opiton be it standard or as an add on, I’m not interested, will it be possible for me to get a refund if manual mode isn’t available ? I don’t mind waiting longer for delivery either.
@Michael, Thanks so much for your comments. We will be developing the Brewer's Mode that will enable you to make your own drinks - this was the feature that everyone was looking for. Developing these features require money and for Manual Mode, which is a simpler version of Brewer's Mode, we did not raise enough to develop the feature (even Brewer's Mode, we are squeezing in budget from other areas to develop this feature for our backers). We are discussing with the team to see if there is anything that we can do to still get Manual Mode in with the amount of money that we currently have, but as we did not raise enough, we cannot promise anything on it at the moment. We will keep you updated.
On the colors, initially when we were developing our prototypes, I said the same thing. However, when they were put onto the actual devices, they looked completely amazing and everyone who has seen it in real life loved them (including me). The colors, no matter which one is selected, I believe will look amazing on the device. So far, the votes are already leaning toward one specific color - this color is beautiful and a very wise choice from our backers. We will let you know on Nov 30 of the color selection by our backers - stay tuned!
Will the opiton be I honestly can’t see these 4 choices wotkingnin my kitchen, if not what are my
Opitons? Ass in to change colour? Delay delivery till other colours are available? Both opitons acceptable to me proceeded manual opiton is standard as that’s the key to this beauty of a project
Will manual opiton be available or at least as an extra/add on this is the main reason I backed
Anyone else think colour opitons ate poor?
Great news. Can't wait for my unit.
Is it just me or are the colour choices very poor? I’m struggling to select one I like. Colour is expected, where black, a lager/pale ale colour which would be unique but all colours are standard really white would be an opiton too. The rose gold I’m confused on pictures look like us a shade of pink, is it possible to see a video or more images of the different colours please? Different angels may help?
The issue with the colours for me is I had planned on placing this in my kitchen/worktop but with the colour opitons I’m not sure I can make this blend in, to the setting in a way that it doesn’t look out of place
@creator: Thanks for the quick fix.