Any­one fancy a beer from a cap­sule?

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - Nick Whigham

LG has made an un­likely ven­ture into the beer mar­ket with what it says is a world-first cap­sule beer brew­ing de­vice for the home.

You’ll be fa­mil­iar with ma­chines that turn lit­tle cap­sules into cups of cof­fee, but can a de­vice do the same for a schooner of beer? The an­swer is yes, kind of. While the premise is the same as the pop­u­lar cap­sule cof­fee ma­chines that will be fa­mil­iar to most peo­ple, it’s of course a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

This is far from in­stant – after all, it’s beer.

The ma­chine needs time to carry out the process of fer­men­ta­tion and car­bon­a­tion in or­der to – the­o­ret­i­cally – pro­duce some­thing that re­sem­bles what you’d get from a keg down at your lo­cal pub.

It takes two weeks to brew a batch of beer once you’ve thrown in the cap­sule in­gre­di­ents, which is a bit quicker than the process re­quired for many home brew­ing kits.

There’s a big tube-shaped malt cap­sule on the left and three tiny Ne­spresso-shaped cap­sules in the top where you put pack­ets of yeast, hop oil and flavour­ing.

In terms of choice, you’ve got an Amer­i­can IPA, an Amer­i­can Pale Ale, an English Stout, a Bel­gian-style Wit­bier and Czech Pil­sner.

At the end, you get five litres of beer – or about 12 schooners. At that point, you will then need to buy new cap­sules and start the process over again.

LG un­veiled the home brew­ing ma­chine at CES but sadly there was no taste test­ing avail­able be­cause this is still largely a pro­to­type.

LG’s pro­to­type home brew­ing de­vice.

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