Turning water into WINE: Jesus-inspired machine transforms your tapwater into high-end plonk for just £1.20 a bottle

  • The Miracle Machine can turn water into wine in just three days
  • Wine makers can use a dedicated app to select the type and style of wine
  • Using an ingredient kit, a specially designed chamber ferments the wine
  • Its California-based makers need funding to sell the product later this year
  • The machine will cost $499 (£299) and will sync with a free smartphone app
  • Grape concentrate and yeast kits will cost around $2 (£.120) a bottle

By Victoria Woollaston

In the Bible, Jesus managed to turn water into wine with the wave of a hand - the Miracle Machine  isn't quite that quick but it can transform everyday liquids into plonk in just three days.

Developed by wine experts in California, the machine can even make different types and styles of wine, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Users can track the progress of their wine using a free smartphone app, and its makers claim the wine produced is as good as a $20 bottle, for the equivalent of $2 (£1.20). 

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The Miracle Machine, pictured, is due to go on sale later this year for $499 (£299) each - if its California-based inventors achieve funding. Once on sale, DIY wine makers will be able to buy ingredient kits for a variety of different wine types and styles from Amazon at the equivalent of $2 (£1.20) a bottle

The Miracle Machine, pictured, is due to go on sale later this year for $499 (£299) each - if its California-based inventors achieve funding. Once on sale, DIY wine makers will be able to buy ingredient kits for a variety of different wine types and styles from Amazon at the equivalent of $2 (£1.20) a bottle

HOW TO MAKE WINE IN THREE DAYS

To create wine using the Miracle Machine, users add a sachet of ingredients, choose the type and style of wine they want to create, and start the machine.

They can then monitor the fermentation process via a free iOS or Android smartphone app.

The app will also alert the user the fermentation has finished and the wine is ready to drink.

The pair haven’t revealed the exact science behind the machine, but said the fermentation chamber uses electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps ‘to provide a controlled environment for the primary and, as needed, secondary fermentation stages.’

Miracle Machine was created by the founders of Customvine in California.

CEO Kevin Boyer is a sommelier and founded the Boyanci winery in Napa Valley, while Philip James is a British entrepreneur and founder of wine site Lot18.

 

To create wine using the Miracle Machine, users add a sachet of ingredients, choose the type and style of wine they want to create, and start the machine.

They can then monitor the fermentation process via a free iOS or Android smartphone app.

The app will also alert the user when the fermentation has finished and the wine is ready to drink.

The pair hasn't revealed the exact science behind the machine, but said the fermentation chamber uses electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps ‘to provide a controlled environment for the primary and, as needed, secondary fermentation stages.' 

To create wine using the Miracle Machine, users add a sachet of ingredients, choose the type and style of wine they want to create, and start the machine. They can then monitor the fermentation process via a free iOS or Android smartphone app, pictured left

To create wine using the Miracle Machine, users add a sachet of ingredients, choose the type and style of wine they want to create, and start the machine. They can then monitor the fermentation process via a free iOS or Android smartphone app, pictured left

For example, a digital ‘refractometer measures the sugar content of the liquid during the fermentation process, while an air-diffuser passes filtered air through a so-called ‘micro-oxygenated’ channel.

The machine also has an ultrasonic transducer under the chamber that can speed up the flavour and development of the wine. 

‘Just like the Bible miracle, it literally turns water into wine, with just the addition of a few ingredients in a fraction of the time and cost it would normally take,‘ explained Boyer.

After a user has chosen a wine they want to make, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, they can choose what style they want, including ‘fruity’, ‘forward’ and ‘lively’.

The inventors haven't revealed the exact science behind the machine, pictured, but said the fermentation chamber uses electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps 'to provide a controlled environment for the primary and, as needed, secondary fermentation stages'

The inventors haven't revealed the exact science behind the machine, pictured, but said the fermentation chamber uses electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps 'to provide a controlled environment for the primary and, as needed, secondary fermentation stages'

A digital refractometer measures the sugar content of the liquid during the fermentation process in the chamber, pictured, while an air-diffuser passes filtered air through a so-called 'micro-oxygenated' channel. The machine also has an ultrasonic transducer under the chamber that speeds up the development of the wine

A digital refractometer measures the sugar content of the liquid during the fermentation process in the chamber, pictured, while an air-diffuser passes filtered air through a so-called 'micro-oxygenated' channel. The machine also has an ultrasonic transducer under the chamber that speeds up the development of the wine

The pair has created a prototype Miracle Machine, pictured, and is asking for funding to produce more. If successful, the Miracle Machine is expected to go on sale 'later this year' for $499 (£299) each

The pair has created a prototype Miracle Machine, pictured, and is asking for funding to produce more. If successful, the Miracle Machine is expected to go on sale 'later this year' for $499 (£299) each

The pair has created a prototype Miracle Machine and is now looking for funding to produce more.

If successful, the Miracle Machine is expected to go on sale ‘later this year’ for $499 (£299) each.

Owners will then be able to buy the grape concentrate, yeast, and other sachet of ingredients from the Miracle Machine website, or from Amazon.

Each kit will make a different type of wine and the firm will launch with six variations including Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay from Napa Valley, a Pinot Noir from Oregon, a Tuscan blend from Italy, Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma, plus a red and white from Burgundy.

They said they expect to add another five to ten varieties over the next three months.

The exact price of the ingredient kits hasn’t been announced, but Boyer claims it will equate to around $2 (£1.20) a bottle for a wine that he would expect to pay '$20+ (£12) for, at minimum.’

The firm also said it’s planning to create a low cost monthly wine club, where customers can pay less than $10 (£6) a month for a range of kits - enough to make a bottle of wine a week.

Because the wine is produced and bottled under air, not an inert gas, Boyer and James said the wine will only keep for between one to two weeks.


 

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Isn't high-end plonk an oxymoron?

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As long as it gets you p!$$£d who cares where it comes from

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There are already wine making kits out there, only difference is that this is rather more "all in one" than those already on the market, but nothing the purchase of a small heating lamp won't solve. Is it really worth £300 (if you believe it'll cost that then I'm sorry, it'll most likely be £500 out here) for what would cost less than £100 elsewhere, just for sleek packaging? Only thing I am curious about is how they can get a perfect result in three days and still technically be wine.

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TimeTeamDave, Wood Green, North London.. I mean Poland., 14 hours ago This machine is of the Devil because it mocks the true miracles of Christ. - Abbs, Dublin, 05/03/2014 20:15 We've left the middle ages. It's the twenty first century now. .........................shouldn`t you be out burning some heretics?i created a drink by adding ingredients to water,milk,tea bag,sugar.praise be,must be a miracle.

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shows Jesus knew it could be done!!!

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I prefer to change wine into water.!!

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most wine tastes like p!$$ anyway

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So do I but I flush my kidneys with it first . . .

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"Jesus-inspired?" So, on the third day, does it rise up to Heaven?

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Proof of either would be good?

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I'll definitely buy one of these as soon as minimum alcohol pricing comes in, you can guarantee that this TAX, once in, will increase year on year as all taxes do and soon the cheapest bottle of wine will be £10 and upwards.

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Clair, you can definitely see that coming, can you? It won't be cancelled due to unforseen circumstances, by any chance?

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bit like madoff wine or enron shares or south sea bubble or

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