Friends and readers of VCTO know I love wine and you probably figured out water is also an interest of mine. So when my boss sent me a link about the Miracle Machine that turns water to wine in only 3 days with just $2 of ingredients I was hooked. Just to make sure the $499 product was legit, I found articles by Time magazine as well as Discovery News about the Miracle Machine! There is even an “app for that” to monitor the fermentation progress on an iPad for the perfect wine catered to your taste. This is a product I might enjoy more than my Nest or my Hue.
How Does the Miracle Machine Turn Water into Wine?
Not since biblical times has there been an attempt to turn water directly into wine. According to the manufacturer’s website the Miracle Machine uses a fermentation chamber with an “array of electrical sensors, transducers, heaters and pumps to provide a controlled environment for the primary and, as needed, secondary fermentation stages.”
While a “digital refractometer measures the sugar content of the liquid during the fermentation process, a custom-designed ceramic air-diffuser pumps filtered air under a regulated micro-oxygenated environment, aerating the wine and thus softening the tannins. Meanwhile an ultrasonic transducer, positioned directly underneath the chamber, resonates effectively speeding up the flavor development of the wine. Each of these components, and others, are connected to an Arduino microcontroller that ensures the Miracle Machine is doing its job of making a fine wine in just a matter of days.”
Miracle Machine Saves Water
My favorite wines are from California, which has been suffering from a long term drought. Most vineyards use irrigation for growing grapes. After the grapes are picked even highly sustainable vineyards use twice the amount of water in the production phase as is in a finished bottle of wine. The wine then has to be packed in cardboard (more water) and shipped across the country (even more water) and then finally consumed. Making wine at home with the Miracle Machine would potentially save a lot water where water is in limited supply.
Is the Miracle Machine Really for Real?
If you suspected this was another classic April 1st post you might be half right. Like MOM and WOW, M|M is an ambigram. M|M turned upside down is W|W which happens to be the logo for Wine to Water™ and not Water to Wine. Similar to Charity Water, Wine To Water™ is a non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to people in need around the world. With a small staff of only 10 people united by a passion for clean water, Wine To Water has worked in 17 countries. Currently they have projects in 8 countries on 4 continents, and support thirty international aid workers.
Clean Water Ceramic Style
Wine to Water™ partners with other non-profit organizations and wine companies to provide clean water. In Haiti, Wine to Water partners Filter Pure to provide ceramic water filters in a 5 gallon bucket. The 8 pound filter purifies 2 liters of water an hour and lasts for 5 years.
Still Want Wine?
Wine can be purchased from the Water to Wine™ store. Depending on the wine selected at least $9 will be donated to a clean water project. To cover the cost of an entire ceramic filter check out the Limited Release Chase Evans Chardonnay.
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If only! Such a device would also greatly increase the perceived value of water!