Every step of the home beer brewing process is laid bare for observers with the sculptural Beer Tree by Freddie Paul, a Product Design student at South Bank University in London. Whereas most home brewing setups carry out the process in opaque stainless steel containers, the Beer Tree puts it on display with a design that’s reminiscent of a science experiment.
Nestled into a tree-like metal frame, one glass vessel flows into the next in a five-step process. It starts with the ‘hot liquor tank,’ proceeds to the ‘mash tun’ where the grains are added and mashed, then moves on to the kettle to boil before being cooled and reaching the fermenter. After two to five days of fermenting, the beer is ready to be syphoned into bottles and ‘conditioned’ for five more days.
The idea is that being able to visualize every step gives the brewer a more personal connection “to create a strong sense of satisfaction and pride over the final product.”