Gadget invented that turns water into wine

3rd March, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

Philip James, the entrepreneur who founded struggling wine start-up Lot18, has invented a “Miracle Machine” that claims to turn water into wine in three days.

Miracle maker: Philip James

Miracle maker: Philip James

As reported by Business Insider, James, who left the New York-based Lot18 last year amid a series of layoffs, is due to launch the Kickstarter page for The Miracle Machine next week.

The idea came about while James was recovering from a motorbike accident that happened during a 17,000-mile, around the world charity trip.

Having dinner with his friend and former Lot18 vice president Kevin Boyer one night, the pair were discussing how difficult it would be to perform Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine.

The next morning, they decided that they had adequate technology at their fingertips to be able to build a devise to work the miracle and spent the next year fine-tuning the design.

Seeking advice from friends in Silicon Valley, James and Boyer explored the possibility of accelerating the winemaking process by using a low amount of heat and a computer-controlled environment.

The Miracle Machine

The Miracle Machine

In addition, they examined the precise chemical composition of some of the world’s most sought after fine wines and found that it is possible to replicate the aromas found in certain wines in the same way the perfume industry is able to simulate certain aromas.

The Miracle Machine essentially works like a Soda Stream by turning water, grape concentrate and yeast into wine via a mobile phone app supported by iOS and Android.

The device has a fermentation chamber that “uses an array of electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps to provide a controlled environment for fermentation.”

A digital refractometer measures the sugar content of the wine during the fermentation process, while a ceramic air-diffuser pumps filtered air under a regulated micro-oxygenated environment in order to soften the tannins.

At the same time, an ultrasonic transducer directly underneath the chamber resonates and speeds up the flavour development of the wine.

Customers can choose the type of wine they want to make, from “Napa” Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to “Oregon” Pinot Noir and a “Tuscan” red blend.

The grape concentrate, yeast and “final sachet of ingredients” will soon be available to buy on the Miracle Machine website and eventually Amazon.

James says the cost of making a bottle of wine using the machine equates to US$2, though the quality of the resulting wine is “that of a US$20 bottle.”

Once made, the wine will only keep for up to two weeks, but, according to James, it will be made to taste “pre-aged.”

10 Responses to “Gadget invented that turns water into wine”

  1. Nick Oakley says:

    I have something that does the same. Takes slightly longer though. It’s a vine.

  2. McTavish says:

    So rather than turning water into wine as the headline claims, the machine actually turns grapes and yeast into wine. Not sure that counts as a miracle…

  3. Sterling albert says:

    So you think your machine can make water in to wine
    Then do it with out the grapes and yeast
    Only one Man has Done it and he was not just man But The Son of Man.

  4. Having googled “Philip James & Lot18” I found out what the story is about…

    Anyone believing this tosh has been fooled… It’s actually all a charity ride and Turning Wine into water… Clean water for the millions of third world people who don’t have clean drinkable water.. That’s it…

    There’s no “Miracle Machine” It’s just a load of BS to get publicity for Philip James and his 50,000 mile charity motorbike ride around the globe..

    Suckers…. 🙂

  5. dhdhdjcjxj says:

    I learned how to make pruno during a stretch at Angola.

  6. Martin Lam says:

    A bit early for an April !st feature, non?!

  7. DBM says:

    I regularly perform the Miracle of turn wine into water.

  8. Gus Gannon says:

    I agree with DBM and will stick to that!
    On a more serious note.. money given towards “Clean water for 3rd World” me thinks
    is a better Investment and with a better ROI measure too..”Saving Children & Families”
    Now thats a better “Miracle” me tinks! 🙂
    Sla’inthe Bheatha! (You can translate if reqd on google English to Irish/Gaelic!)

  9. Manjunath CV says:

    Very nice. I need one machine . Kindly let me know the way to get it.

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