Gear: Yes, there is something to be said for the time-consuming, careful, meticulous process of home brewing your own all-grain beer — but for those of us who don’t have hours (even days) to spend brewing beer, there’s the PicoBrew Zymatic. This device takes all the equipment typical of a home brewing setup and consolidates it into one counter-top appliance capable of brewing virtually any style of beer imaginable. All you need to do to create repeatable, delicious beer batch after batch is fill the compartmentalized filter box with grain and hops, top off your keg with water, choose your recipe, and go. A few hours later, you’re ready to add yeast to your wort, let it ferment, and carbonate. You’ll be drinking in no time.
Books: Whether you’re a completely-obsessed Apple fanboy, or just an industrial or packaging designer looking for inspiration, Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation is the coffee table book for you. Filled from cover to cover with carefully-shot photos documenting the evolution of Apple products from the Apple II to the iMac, this book details Apple’s rise from a two-man company in a Silicon Valley garage to one of the top producers of consumer electronics in the world. See full-color photos of desktops, portables, iPhones, iPods, prototypes, and packaging, accompanied by introductions and quotes from Apple insiders. If you’re really wild about Apple, opt for the special edition which comes in a specially-made retro peripheral case celebrating computing products from the late 70s and early 80s.
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