Updates about Alchema

How to create a bubbly hard cider at home?

How to create a bubbly hard cider at home?

Many of you have asked the same question: Is the cider created by Alchema bubbly or still? Today, we’ll share ins and outs about using carbonat...

March update

March update

In February, we used our latest mockup to conduct several fermentation tests with apple juice and yeast. We recorded the whole fermentation process in terms of temperature, pressure, and alcohol content. At the same time, we were also testing the system performance of our back-end system to see if the tremendous amount of fermentation data will overflow the system.  

Alchema's first batch sold out! Second batch shipping spring 2018

Hi everyone, Happy March! We're excited to announce that Alchema has sold out the first batch of production.  We are now taking orders of our secon...

February update

February update

Last month, we’ve finished the production and assembling of our last working sample before tooling. In order to evaluate our DFM result (design for manufacture), we’ve conducted several tests with the working unit, including sealing, gas releasing, and weighing. 

The good news is: those functions all work as we expected!

January update: CES & working sample

January update: CES & working sample

After launching the new website, we headed to CES, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and got lots of valuable feedback from the attendees at our daily tasting events! You can check out what Mashable and TechHive think of our cider! 

December update: DFM complete!

December update: DFM complete!

Ho ho ho! We hope you are enjoying this joyful season as much as we are! We have nailed the most important step before the mass production — The DFM process (design for manufacture), where we optimize the mechanical design for both user experience and manufacture.

Challenge accecpted: The pumpkin cider recipe for Thanksgiving

Challenge accecpted: The pumpkin cider recipe for Thanksgiving

It’s fall! The season for beautiful colors and reunion. What’s the most popular veggie of this season? Pumpkins! Can we combine the pumpkins and hard cider to make a "pumpkin cider" for the big day in fall? It will be a challenge, but challenge accepted by Alchema! This month, before you get your hands on Alchema device, you can try to make pumpkin cider for your Thanksgiving party!

November Update!

November Update!

It’s November, the weather is getting chilly. However, the team of Alchema is still full speed working on the development. This update is about what we did in October and what’s on our plate next.

Kickstarter successfully funded! What's next?

Kickstarter successfully funded! What's next?

We've have finished the Kickstarter campaign and successfully funded thanks to the support from all over the world. Now what's next?

Only FIVE DAYS to Go! Alchema will be launching on Kickstarter!

Only FIVE DAYS to Go! Alchema will be launching on Kickstarter!

It all began with a group of people who tried to solve the problems in homebrewing. We dedicate to discovering the easiest way to turn fruit into delicious craft cider. And after two years of planning and developing with countless attempts and failures, we are launching a Kicstarter campaign in 5 DAYS!

To Crowdfund or Not to Crowdfund, That is The Question

To Crowdfund or Not to Crowdfund, That is The Question

On May 7th, I flew to Silicon Valley to join HAX, the world’ first and largest hardware accelerator, with my creation, Alchema. Alchema is a smart brewer for anyone to create unique craft cider at home. However, there is one thing about Alchema that keeps hunting me: Should I launch a Kickstarter campaign or not?

Contradiction!! Oxygen and Anaerobic Fermentation

Contradiction!! Oxygen and Anaerobic Fermentation

Oxygen is an essential element for human. Our cells uptake oxygen to make energy that supports cell survival. Oxygen helps cell to break down the nutrition in food. With oxygen, cell can completely degrade glucose to produce maximum energy in the Mitochondria, which are small double-membrane organelles in the cytoplasmic. In general, there are numerous Mitochondria in most of human’s cell. In human liver cells, there are about 1000–2000 mitochondria per cell, making up 1/5 of the cell volume. This fact shows liver cells need a lot of energy to present normal functions and they always require more oxygen supply. What about yeast? Do they need to uptake oxygen to survive? Do they need oxygen to ferment? Today we are going to talk about how does oxygen work in the process of yeast fermentation.