Are you into the home brewing scene? I know my Father-in-law is, it’s just a shame he makes only light beer. For him this full-blown hobby involves a lot of experimentation and frankly stacks of time. There’s a lot more involved than simply picking up a can of Coopers concentrate from BIG W, adding special brewing sugar and water. But I get the addictive nature of it, plus the huge savings if you’re a regular beer drinker. But frankly, I don’t have the patience to focus on mastering the art.

So when I heard LG will debut a capsule-based craft beer making machine at CES 2019, my ears pricked up immediately. This is a device that uses single-use capsules and even a fermentation algorithm to nail the perfect brew every time. The capsules are filled with malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring.

Once placed in the machine it’s then simply a matter of pushing a button and walking away while the LG HomeBrew does its thing. There’s the inevitable app that allows users to check-in on the HomeBrew’s progress.

The automated system intelligently controls the fermenting process, so there is zero reason to worry about things like temperature and pressure control. The device also sanitizes itself using simply hot water. It takes around two weeks to produce five litres of beer.

Finer details about how it all works will be announced at CES. However I am left wondering if you can even call this home brewing, I also ponder if Aussie blokes would even be keen on such a simplified way of making beer. It seems to me that the actual process of home brewing is just as enjoyable as the end product for many.

There’s no word if it will ever make the Australian market but five beer types have been announced,  a hoppy American IPA, golden American Pale Ale, full-bodied English Stout, zesty Belgian-style Witbier and dry Czech Pilsner.

Song Dae-hyun, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company said, “LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we have developed over the decades,”

“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.”

We will have a closer inspection of the LG HomeBrew in Las Vegas at CES between January 8-11, 2019.