Sheffield student turns idea into beer

rossparry.co.uk/syndication/Yorkshire Post'Picture shows Product design student Jack Martin with his home brewing product 'Brau' 'The sheffield student show cased his kit which has no pipes or buckets at The Creative Spark Exhibition, Sheffield Hallam University.
rossparry.co.uk/syndication/Yorkshire Post'Picture shows Product design student Jack Martin with his home brewing product 'Brau' 'The sheffield student show cased his kit which has no pipes or buckets at The Creative Spark Exhibition, Sheffield Hallam University.
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Beer-loving Sheffield student Jack Martin could be heading for a frothy fortune after coming up with an all-in-one home brew kit.

The 21-year-old fourth-year product design student hopes the contraption can be put into the production, and sold for £350 a pop, after coming up with the idea as part of his final year.

Jack, who has named his home brewery ‘Brau’, said: “I love ale and I’ve been drinking it a long time.

“But the current home brew systems are bulky and involve buckets, sieves, mesh, and they make such a mess. With my design I’ve made the whole process much easier. All you need is this one piece of equipment but you are still brewing in the traditional way.”

Jack finished building a prototype of the product five weeks ago - six months after he started designing it.

“The prototype is mainly made from wood and MDF,” he said. “It cost around £450 but that was because some of it was trial and error.

“If I was to get the design manufactured it would be mainly built from aluminium. It’s really compact and the parts can even be put in the dishwasher.

“I’m absolutely delighted with my finished design. It took a lot of hard work. I’ve been working on it almost every day for six months but I’ve really enjoyed it.

“My dream would be to set up a business and sell these but I just don’t have the money. I need funding to be able to manufacture them, but I hope to do it in the future.”