Biblical legend has it that Jesus once turned water into wine. Now, two mere mortals claim they can do the same, with a device they've created called the Miracle Machine.
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Developed by wine expert Ken Boyer and aptly named entrepreneur Phillip Vine, the urn-like device can reportedly turn water, grape concentrate, yeast and a finishing powder (for barrel-aged flavor) into wine in three days. The table top appliance is also controlled by a mobile app that guides users through the process and helps them distinguish the correct wine for their palate.
The duo are tight-lipped about the Miracle Machine's fermentation techniques, but they do say it involves "an array of electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps." They added:
For example, while a digital refractometer measures the sugar content of the liquid during the fermentation process, a custom-designed ceramic air-diffuser pumps filtered air under a regulated micro-oxygenated environment, aerating the wine and thus softening the tannins. Meanwhile an ultrasonic transducer, positioned directly underneath the chamber, resonates effectively speeding up the flavor development of the wine. Each of these components, and others, are connected to an Arduino microcontroller that ensures the Miracle Machine is doing its job of making a fine wine of your creation in just a matter of days.
To me, that language sounds like one of Reggie Watts' TED talks, but I'll give Boyer and Vine the benefit of the doubt.
It's estimated that for only $2 in ingredient packets, the Miracle Machine can produce a bottle of wine that tastes like a $20 bottle. Boyer and Vine are ramping up a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter campaign. If funded and it goes to market, the Miracle Machine is expected to retail for $499.
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While I want to believe in miracles, you now what they say about things that seem too good to be true. And somewhere, after hearing about the Miracle Machine, a vintner or winery owner is blowing a gasket at the thought of their craft essentially being reduced to making Kool-Aid. Regardless, uncork, have a sip and decide for yourself with the following video.
via Giz Mag
Credit: Miracle Machine