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[March 06, 2014]

'Miracle Machine' makes wine from water

(UPI Business News Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The Miracle Machine will enable wine-lovers to make the wine of their choice in just a few days, using only the device and a smartphone.

With a smartphone app, a user can select the type of wine to make. The app then concocts a recipe and presents a list of ingredients. The app connects to the Miracle Machine via Bluetooth and monitors the progress of the wine, letting the user know when it's ready.


The ingredients should be easier to find once the company's founders launch wine-making kits, on their website and Amazon, that will contain the grape concentrate, yeast and other ingredients needed depending on the recipe. The kits will cost approximately $2 and produce the equivalent of a bottle of wine.

The device consists of a thermo-plastic fermentation chamber, a thermoelectric heater, a temperature monitor, a motor to mix the ingredients, a custom microprocessor board to control the process and a Bluetooth antenna to connect with a smartphone. The device will be marketed for $499, but before that the company is trying to raise money on crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

The Miracle Machine is the brainchild of wine industry veterans Kevin Boyer and Philip James. The founders said that the idea for the device came one night, when "after one too many glasses of wine," James asked Boyer that if 'Jesus made water into wine; with all the technology we have available today why can't we do the same?' After initially dismissing the idea, the two began to research the science behind winemaking. They looked at the breakdown of wines as they ferment and explored the possibility of accelerating the winemaking process by using low heat and a computer-controlled environment.

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