I just got a used PicoBrew S. I am aware the company has entered receivership, and have browsed this board re: Raspberry Pi if the server doesn't work when I try out the machine, so thank you. I may have questions abou that in future.
1. My PicoBrew appears to be fairly clean but it does have dust or spent grains here and there, and also in the water reservior. I have no idea how it was stored. I read in the manual that I should not use cleaners in the water reservior at all. I've browsed the general cleaning instructions for the PicoBrew S but haven't done them yet. Is there anything you can recommend for making sure the unit is clean before I begin brewing?
2. I have identified all accessories but three things. I assume one may be a racking tube. I suspect the Pico S may have upgraded to Pico Pro at some point, but I'm not sure what these three items are or how to use them.
3. The machine powers up, connects to the Internet, but does have a Error 7 server error. I assume this may be on the company's side, even though the website appears to be operational. Any tips?
4. I can navigate all menus so far and the option for manual brewing updated. However, if I want to do brewing without grains just with sugars, does manual brewing include the option?
5. If I want to adapt a standard beer recipe to gluten free is there a conversion formula or something for swapping out one grain for another?
6. Since I assume I can't get PicoPaks anymore, what should I do with the hop cradle? I'd like to do manual brwing with it, but even if I buy reusable bags from Pico to do so, how does the brewing bag for grains and hops work at that point? I assume they are there to make lifting them from the machine easier without clogging anything, but how would this work? Because Manual brewing did not exist when the manual was written, I don't have any instructions on how to do this now that the update allows it.
7. Has anyone ever made wine, cider or mead using the pico Brew S?
8. When I try all grain brewing, I'd like to make spent grain bread as well (in my case, gluten free). Has any ever made spent grain bread from the Pico Brew?
Any tips about how to use the PicoBrew would be greatly appreciated.