Move aside, espresso machines – LG has a beer maker

LG has shown that the Internet of Things has no bounds with a new AI-enabled homebrew kit.

The LG HomeBrew, sized about the same as a large espresso machine, is operated with a capsule system. Simply place a capsule into the machine, and the brewer will use an “optimized fermentation algorithm” to brew beer over a timespan of around two weeks, including carbonation and serving. The algorithm controls temperature and pressure for guaranteed success. The machine will even clean itself after dispensing, ready for the next batch.

The capsules themselves are single-use, containing malt, yeast, hop oils and flavouring. Five styles are offered, including American IPA, American Pale Ale, English Stout, Belgian Witbier and Czech Pilsner. One capsule is enough to make five litres of beer. British homebrew company Muntons has paired with LG to create the capsules.

The LG HomeBrew can pair with a companion app for Android and iOS devices allowing HomeBrew owners to check the beer’s status at any time during the brewing period.

LG hopes the new product will entice prospective homebrewers who haven’t yet taken the leap to try brewing their own beer by making it easier.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we have developed over the decades,” said Song Dae-hyun, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barrier to entry and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Local pricing and availability are yet to be announced.



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