This gadget turns fruit into booze

Think of it as a Keurig — but strictly for grown-ups.

Newly launched home-brewing kit Alchema takes any fruit and turns it into a custom alcoholic beverage. The device was developed by founder and Chief Executive Oscar Chang after he saw a need for a more simple home brewing solution.

“I always wanted to build my own company and wanted to find a niche market,” Chang told MarketWatch at NYC Media Lab on Thursday, a gathering of people, projects and ideas shaping the future. “I found out my friend’s mom was trying home-brew but always failed, so I started developing this product and I found out the market in America is pretty big.”

To help him develop the Alchema, Chang raised $344,231 from 899 backers onKickstarter

Users chop up a fruit of their choosing and use the accompanying app to choose if they want to ferment it into a craft wine, cider or mead. The app allows users to choose alcohol content ranging from 3% to 14% and monitors the wifi-connected device to alert users when the brew is finished. Chang said it generally takes one to two weeks depending on the fruit used and alcohol content desired. The Alchema brewer produces about 2.4 liters of alcohol, or the equivalent of about three wine bottles.

It’s legal to use as long as you don’t sell any of the results, Chang said. The device will ship to its Kickstarter backers in September of next year and is available for preorder starting at $429.

[Source:-Market watch]