Now there's a new appliance you can add to your home entertainment arsenal, alongside the bar fridge and barbecue.
The WilliamsWarn Brewmaster is billed as the 'Nespresso of beer'. According to its inventors, the deluxe personal brewing system enables anyone to create a professional standard beer at home.
Launched by Kiwis Ian Williams and Anders Warn in 2011 after years in development, the device has achieved $4.5 million worth of sales in New Zealand and has an impressive pedigree.
Only two home brewers have ever beaten the big breweries in an international beer competition, and they've both done so using a WilliamsWarn BrewMaster and WilliamsWarn ingredients.
In 2012, a home brewer in New Zealand won the Gold Medal for Pilsner at the Asian beer Awards in Singapore. He did so with his third brew in a WilliamsWarn.
That guy who won the Gold Medal, he beat 45 of the world's biggest brewers.Ian Williams
It will set you back a cool $7499, but Williams argues that's still good buying.
"That guy who won the Gold Medal, he beat 45 of the world's biggest brewers," he says.
"They're all $100 million to $200 million breweries, so it's a bargain when you look at it like that.
"I wish I could get the price down - the cheaper it is the better for us, because then we're selling more machines and we're selling more extract, it's like the printer and the ink. It's not expensive because we want it to be expensive."
The WilliamsWarn came about after Williams, an award-winning master brewer, was challenged by his uncle to "solve the problems with home brewing".
We've all suffered through a mate's barely drinkable home brew, which Williams attributes to a combination of poor methodology and poor quality ingredients.
And then there's the waiting time. The loss of CO2 during fermentation in traditional home brewing setups necessitates a secondary carbonation step, so brewing a batch of beer can take as long as two months.
The WilliamsWarn has six main technical features that work together to produce cold, clear, carbonated beer in a fraction of the time. Ales take seven days to produce, lagers take nine days and cider takes just over four days.
WilliamsWarn currently sells 14 different beer styles as pre-packaged kits to make 23 litres per batch. Recipe tweaks and brewer creativity open up endless possibilities.
The beers sampled at the Australian launch event included an American Pale Ale, a Pilsner and a Dunkel Weisse (dark wheat beer).
All were bright, clean and flavourful - impressively indistinguishable from the best commercial craft beers.
"Whatever you're drinking, if you can just keep brewing on a weekly basis, then it's paid off in two years or much less if you're a guy who is spending good money on craft beer," Williams says.