Anyone fancy a beer from a capsule?
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.