I’m going to digress for a moment and talk about the PicoPaks available on the PicoBrew site. PicoBrew has some original beer paks of their own as well as clones of impossible to find beers — like their Plinius Maximus, a Pliny the Elder clone. That’s a beer I have always wanted to try (because everyone who has raves about it), but it is nearly impossible to find much less buy. So … second best thing, I ordered the clone to try in the near future. PicoBrew has also partnered with many brewers to offer branded PicoPaks with some of their more famous brews.
It’s a really cool system that allows you to get the exact recipe you want to create the beer you like.
Even better, if you know what you want and you feel confident enough to try it, you can create your own PicoPak! To do this, you start with a base beer and then customize it to your heart’s content.
If you want to brew an original porter, for instance, but you want it to be thicker and more bodied, you can adjust the ingredients.
You can even create your own recipe entirely, starting with an empty PicoPak and building your brew from the ground up.
Pretty cool, right?
Okay — back to brewing!
You’ll need the V-shaped cradle out of the accessory box; it fits into the finger grooves on the Hops Pak.
You’ll insert the grain and hops paks into the step filter just like this:
When we put the lid of the step filter on, we made sure that the holes in the filter were lined up with the vent holes in each pak.