Mead is an ancient beverage, thought by many to be the first fermented beverage. Mead is made by fermenting honey, water, and yeast. Another term often used is "honey-wine".
What is mead used for is heavily influenced by the culture using it. The Greeks claimed it bestowed virility. In the Middle Ages, the Anglo-Saxons were convinced it induced creativity. Mead was especially prized for the honeymoon because it was believed that the “sweeter” the mead the more “fruitful” the union. Its unique taste made it the most popular celebration drink since Renaissance.
Mead is easy to prepare, but the fermentation might take a while. Full fermentation may take a month, years, or a lifetime depending on the recipe. But with ALCHEMA, fermentation only takes 3 - 5 days for a batch. Also, making your own mead with ALCHEMA is easy and money-saving. A fair market price for a bottle of good mead is range from $18 to $25, but making your own mead only costs you about $3 per bottle.
I received my kickstarter about 6 months ago. Since then I have made a dozen ciders and have really enjoyed the experience. It is incredibly easy to easy but not limiting your creative abilities. The support from Alchema is unbeatable. The community is constantly providing fun new tricks for making the best home made ciders.
Would buy again in a heartbeat.
Excellent service from the team. Good quality of product.
I bought this as a birthday gift for my girlfriend and she loves it!!! I was hoping it performed as advertised and it did very well, easy to set up and the first batch of cider was a huge hit! A+ product and A+ company with EXCELLENT customer support.
ALCHEMA makes brewing cider so easy! I was always intimidated by the traditional processes, especially the sanitizing, worried I’d spoil a batch. No worries with ALCHEMA, and the results are delicious!
For years I purchased bottled cider from a large commercial company. They changed to cans, changed the flavors and changed the alcohol content. Nothing was consistent. Now I make my own cider to my own preferences and nothing could be more perfect. I highly recommmend the Alchema.
From day 1 watching the Alchema team put this wonderful piece of equipment together has been an awesome experience. The product itself does exactly as advertised and the support team behind it couldn't be better!
I am making custom flavored cider and it is unbelievably simple to do. The app takes you through every step, making it foolproof.
My friends are blown away by the amazing flavors I create in my ALCHEMA!
Does its job well. I backed the kickstarter and have done 3 containers with the machine. Normally ends up tasting harder than I hoped, significantly. Looking to fix this, I am hoping that in the winter with the colder weather and termperature inside I can get this to work better. I think it just guesses what the ABV should be based off of time and temperature, which is not altogether correct. Happy with the harder ciders just to mix with lemonade or something turns out great. I need to figure out a better way to separate yeast than recommended in app.
It does produce an amazing product! However dont think you will be a master of brewer right away. There is a learning curve - overcome by time and experience and also lots of batches.
That being said the facebook group is full of experts that are willing to help!I would buy this machine again and again.
Makes good cider, the recipes allow for a lot of customizing. For example, I follow the orange cider recipe when making passion fruit cider and it works every time. The device needs some improvement though, it's too reliant on everything working properly (and how often does that happen in the real world? ;-) but for an initial device it's pretty good. I'll definitely buy the Alchema mk2 if they come out with it in the future.
ALCHEMA is a ton of fun. I am a former home brewer of beer and the batch size on the ALCHEMA is perfect. You get to experiment with different flavor profiles without commitment to a massive mistake. And the absolute best part is that the ALCHEMA APP doesn’t let you make mistakes. Every batch is perfect!!! I have so much fun keeping (drinking) up with the fermentation that I will finish a batch just in time to start another. I ended up getting a second pitcher so it is just one after another.
The app is very intuitive. After running just two batches of the ALCHEMA provided recipes I confidently went out on my own. I prefer a dry cider so I will generally let the room temperature fermentation go longer than the app recommends. I have never had a problem with off fermentation.
I got my device on Kickstarter and am proud to be one of the backers to get this product made. You won’t regret the purchase. Enjoy your cider responsibly.
I really enjoy the experience of using the Alchema, about once a week my friends and I start a batch. We have made our own custom recipes and used the published ones. For the most part all of the ciders have been delicious. I had one issue with the app and one issue with device connectivity. Once notified the Alchema team worked quickly to fix the issues. I greatly appreciate the dedication they have to the product.
So far I love my Alchema, it has already made several batches of mead and a handful of ciders! I love trying all the new recipes, and really like that you can modify a recipe to your taste. I never thought cider/mead making could be done so quick; the turn around time is usually a week or two, including leaving time for it to settle in the fridge! Overall, would strongly recommend to anyone who enjoys mead and cider!
Wishes for future-
+ Removable scale for cleaning and zeroing function. My pitcher had a leak and now my scale is off by a few ounces; it's easy enough to work around, but it would be nice to clean and zero the scale.
+ A community learn/education section tab in the app where you can learn about the different yeasts and how they affect your recipe, Brix levels of different fruits and add-ins, and other applicable tips and tricks for home brewing enthusiasts. Also a few things on racking or additives to enhance clarity and flavor. These could be short YouTube videos (or video platform of choice), or just a text document with information on what to expect.
Brewing of ciders, meads,... you name it. The sky and recipes are only limited by your imagination. With the batches being a reasonable size, it won’t break the bank to restart one for a better experience - and that’s what is fun about the discovery process. Or you can use tried and true recipes from Alchema or other users. It’s a simple and safe device to use - love the UV sterilization (I use it to sterilize my holding containers).
Enjoy a truly revolutionary device.