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In this picture taken on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 Vit Spacil, co-owner of a smart mobile brewery, brews beer inside the container at a garden in Prague, Czech Republic. The container brewery is capable of making 525 hectoliters a year. The point is not the quantity but the quality and in that it is reflecting a growing appetite of consumers for craft beers. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

PRAGUE (AP) — It has never been so easy to start your own beer company.

A Czech firm is selling professional beer-making sets that fit in a backyard but can produce commercial quantities of brew.

The mobile breweries sold by Well Service are a far cry from the kits typically made for home use. They cost 120,000 euros ($143,500), weigh 3,000 kilograms (6,614 pounds) and can generate 525 hectoliters (11,550 gallons) of beer a year.

Pavel Pozivil, who started Well Service two years ago and delivered his first ready-to-go beer lab this year, says he wants to encourage the growth of craft beers in countries such as the United States, Britain, Italy and the Czech Republic.

"The whole world is flooded with these mainstream, large, industrial brewers," Pozivil said. "We wanted to go against it with a beer people can brew themselves, that is unfiltered, unpasteurized and fresh."

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Czech Republic Beer Brewing

In this picture taken on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 Vit Spacil, co-owner of a smart mobile brewery, picks hops by the container at a garden in Prague, Czech Republic. The container brewery is capable of making 525 hectoliters a year. The point is not the quantity but the quality and in that it is reflecting a growing appetite of consumers for craft beers. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The equipment comes in a metal storage container that serves as a stand-alone workshop where a range of beers, from traditional lagers to wheat beer, ale and stout, can be brewed. The cost includes five weeks of training with a brew master.

The typical owner, Pozivil says, would be a restaurant owner "who would like to brew decent beer and isn't in a position to build his own brewery."

But Well Service's first customer was a regular beer lover who thinks there's a gap in the market he can fill.

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Czech Republic Beer Brewing

In this picture taken on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 Vit Spacil, co-owner of a smart mobile brewery, brews beer inside the container at a garden in Prague, Czech Republic. The container brewery is capable of making 525 hectoliters a year. The point is not the quantity but the quality and in that it is reflecting a growing appetite of consumers for craft beers. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Vit Spacil joined forces with his brother Radek to start a backyard brewery on the outskirts of Prague. He wants to produce a light ale that does not have a high alcohol content, unlike many of the local brews.

"We said 'Let's do it,' even though we didn't plan to open a brewery in our garden," Spacil said.

The first batch is due this month, but he has orders already coming in and expects to make back the money he spent in about three years.

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Czech Republic Beer Brewing

In this picture taken on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 Vit Spacil, co-owner of a smart mobile brewery, carries hops into the container at a garden in Prague, Czech Republic. The container brewery is capable of making 525 hectoliters a year. The point is not the quantity but the quality and in that it is reflecting a growing appetite of consumers for craft beers. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

In Western Europe and the U.S., where beer is more expensive than in the Czech Republic, the system could be profitable more quickly, according to Pozivil.

Jan Suran who heads an association of Czech small brewers, says the growing demand for craft beer is likely to continue for several more years.

"There's a chance for the container breweries to succeed," he said.

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Czech Republic Beer Brewing

In this picture taken on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 hops are placed inside a barn ready to be used in a smart mobile brewery fit in a container in Prague, Czech Republic. The container brewery is capable of making 525 hectoliters a year. The point is not the quantity but the quality and in that it is reflecting a growing appetite of consumers for craft beers. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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Czech Republic Beer Brewing

In this picture taken on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 a worker makes adjustments inside a smart mobile brewery fit in a container in the village of Chlum, Czech Republic. The container brewery is capable of making 525 hectoliters a year. The point is not the quantity but the quality and in that it is reflecting a growing appetite of consumers for craft beers. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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Czech Republic Beer Brewing

In this picture taken on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 a beer kettle is placed near a smart mobile brewery fit in a container in the village of Chlum, Czech Republic. The container brewery is capable of making 525 hectoliters a year. The point is not the quantity but the quality and in that it is reflecting a growing appetite of consumers for craft beers. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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Czech Republic Beer Brewing

In this picture taken on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 workers move a beer kettle from a smart mobile brewery fit in a container in the village of Chlum, Czech Republic. The container brewery is capable of making 525 hectoliters a year. The point is not the quantity but the quality and in that it is reflecting a growing appetite of consumers for craft beers. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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Czech Republic Beer Brewing

In this picture taken on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 worker moves a beer kettle from a smart mobile brewery fit in a container in the village of Chlum, Czech Republic. The container brewery is capable of making 525 hectoliters a year. The point is not the quantity but the quality and in that it is reflecting a growing appetite of consumers for craft beers. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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