ALCHEMA: Turn Fruit into Personalized Craft Cider

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ALCHEMA enables you to homebrew your own unique flavor of hard craft cider. With the simplicity of making a pot of coffee, you can turn your favorite fruit into craft cider with limitless flavor options.

We created Alchema to simplify homebrewing, starting with cider. Alchema brings the joy of craft cider to you and your loved ones. You pick the ingredients, and let Alchema take care of the rest!

Fermentation is a natural process where yeast transforms sugar into alcohol. Alchema simplifies the homebrew hassle by helping you enjoy your own craft cider in just 3 easy steps:

1. Choose a recipe on the app: Browse through our online recipe database and gather the necessary ingredients, including fruit, sugar, and water.

2. Add ingredients- fruit, sugar, water: Each recipe indicates which kind and how much yeast to add. As you are adding each ingredient, Alchema will weigh the ingredients and let you know (through the app) when it’s enough.

3. Add a yeast packet: Yeast is essential for fermentation to take place. The recipe will tell you which yeast will work best for the kind of cider you’re making. For example, you need different yeast to make your cider still or bubbly. Buy additional yeast from the Alchema site or from local homebrew stores. Included in each 3-pack of yeast: 1 packet for sparkling cider, 1 for fruitier concoctions, and 1 for recipes with a stronger alcohol content.

That’s it! A batch of cider typically takes about 1-2 weeks to ferment, depending on the fruit and recipe. Alchema will notify you when it’s ready.

The reason why passionate homebrew beginners often fail at their first batch is often due to contamination, which causes a bad taste. Alchema is equipped with medical grade UV-C LED light that sanitizes the container before starting the fermentation process. Additionally, the Alchema app allows the user to monitor all aspects of the fermentation process, eliminating the need to open the lid and check the batch. This eliminates another potential cause of contamination.

Select and Follow a Recipe Select a recipe from the recipe collection. Follow the step-by-step guide to create your cider. Add your favorites to the wishlist.

Create a Recipe Feeling bold? Create your own recipe! Customize the alcohol content and sweetness to your preference!

Monitoring Get notified about your latest batch while you’re on the go.

Notification The Alchema app will send you notification when your craft cider is finished!

Sharing Connect your social media accounts or open your recipes to the public for other makers to follow. When you finish your masterpiece, you can immediately share with your friends via social media! Get ready for taste-testers!

You will be able to share the new cider you create on your own social media with one click in Alchema's App
You will be able to share the new cider you create on your own social media with one click in Alchema’s App

We started creating Alchema in 2014 and have made three prototypes before the working sample you see now. With the working sample, we were selected by HAX, the world’s first and largest hardware accelerator, to finally launch Alchema. With the help from HAX, we have been demoing our product at large retailers such as Target and Brookstone. We have been receiving great feedback and revising our product accordingly from people like you! We wouldn’t be here today without you.

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