Plaato was founded by Pål Ingebrigtsen and Michael Kononsky in 2015. The motivation was to experience the whole journey from idea to product, and at the same time work with our hobby. Beer brewing had been very popular in Norway for several years, and as eager beer brewers, we found a way into product development through beer. Making products that we and all enthusiastic homebrewers could enjoy using has always been our goal.
PLAATO Airlock: The First Product
It took about a year and a half before we could quit our jobs, and fully focus on making brewing equipment. We are grateful for getting to work with something we love, all our products are truely by brewers, for brewers. By early 2016 the first prototype of the PLAATO Airlock was ready, and by June 2017 the final product was launched. Making it possible for all homebrewers to experience the magic of fermentation in a new, better way was and will always be the reason why we love our jobs! Read more about our first product, the airlock here.
In parallel the development of the Industrial version of PLAATO begun, and by the end of the same year, the prototype was ready. Several pilot studies with industrial breweries were conducted, giving great feedback, before the expected launch in the beginning of 2020. We always aim for the highest standards in our products, which makes it a great confirmation of doing something right that both homebrewers and industrial brewers approve of our products. Read thourough reviews of the PLAATO Airlock from some of our favourite brewers here.
The airlock was fully funded on Kickstarter after seven hours, and reached 700% funding and a total of $230 000 after thirty days. Today we have sold over 6.000 of the airlock.
PLAATO Keg and Valve
The keg was fully funded on Kickstarter after just one hour(!) and reached $151,627. We currently have 4.000 preorders of the keg, which will ship in January 2020.
The Valve has sold 4.000 thus far, and has proved to be a simple yet useful tool. We believe that it is better to be safe than sorry when making a precious homebrew. That is why we developed the valve to qualize any negative pressure that might be present in the system, eliminating suckback. Check out the review from our friend and fellow home brewer, David Heath Homebrew here.