New York, March 9 IANS | 8 months ago

Three cheers for wine lovers out there. Here comes a new machine that can turn water, grape concentrate, yeast and a finishing powder into wine in your kitchen in flat three days.

Developed by wine expert Ken Boyer and entrepreneur Phillip James, the device named Miracle Machine is also controlled by an App that helps you choose the right ingredients to make the wine of your choice.

The App, linked to the Miracle Machine via Bluetooth, also tracks the wine-making progress.

Designed as a table top appliance, the machine has a clean shape that would look good in any kitchen.

How does it work?

The fermentation techniques involves "electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps".

A digital refractometer measures the sugar content of the liquid during the fermentation process.

Then, a custom-designed ceramic air-diffuser pumps filtered air under a regulated micro-oxygenated environment -- aerating the wine and thus softening the tannins.

An ultrasonic transducer resonates effectively to give wine its flavour.

Each of these components is connected to an Arduino microcontroller that ensures the machine is working fine, said a report in the magazine Giz Mag.

Once out in market, the machine is expected to cost $499 (Rs.30,000 approximately).

"It is estimated that for only $2 (Rs.122) for purchasing ingredients, the Miracle Machine can produce a bottle of wine that tastes like a $20 (Rs.1,200) bottle," Boyer was quoted as saying.

"Jesus made water into wine; with all the technology we have available today, why cannot we do the same?" chuckled James, a British entrepreneur living in New York and chairman of the film Customvine.

(Posted on 09-03-2014)

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