The All-in-One Personal Brewery

Equipment, Featured — By on April 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Invented by New Zealanders Ian Williams and Anders Warn, the WilliamsWarn Personal Brewery makes homebrewing very simple. You simply add ingredients, boil, add yeast and wait for beer. How is this system different? Everything happens in one machine. The WilliamsWarn comprises of a brewing tank, refrigeration system and a dashboard panel to control the system.

This truly is a personal brewery. In a normal homebrew setup, you boil your wort, transfer it to a fermenter, then transfer it again to bottles or kegs, and finally you carbonate the beer. This mini brewery never transfer the beer.

Personal vs Homebrew

It's easy to see which system would impress, but is it better?

There are several advantages to not transferring your beer. First you won’t expose your beer to oxygen or infections. Every time you transfer your beer, you run the risk of ruining your beer. Second the WilliamsWarn system is a closed system which will help your beer last longer. According to their site, “The oxygen pickup in this system is the lowest in the world as we have no beer transfers and it is oxygen pickup during beer transfers that ages beer.” Third, since the beer is fermented under pressure and never transferred, you do not need to carbonate the beer later. The system keeps the CO2 from carbonation in the beer. They claim you can go from wort to glass after 7 days.

The downside to the system is it is a bit spendy. The price is $4500 ($5600 NZ). The price and functionality may seem to be better suited towards a small pub than a homebrewer, although I’ve seen many systems like the B3 sculptures which can easily be more expensive. Your budget mileage may vary.

WilliamsWarn Personal Brewery

This is a very cool and stylish setup, but you are always serving beer directly from the brewery.

I think I’d also like to see an option to transfer the beer directly to keg. It looks like the beer stays in the system until it’s empty. The serving tap for the beer is on the side of the brewery. It would be nice to be able to connect the system to an external keg, and transfer the finished beer under pressure.

So what do you think? What changes would you make to it?

(Source: WilliamsWarm Personal Brewery)

I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer!

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  • LoneTree, WY

    Agree that the beer needs to be transferred to keg or bottle, in order to free up this system to brew another batch. Part of the fun is brewing different recipes and having a variety to offer friends and family. Other than that I love this system!