LG has patented a beverage maker with a fermentation tank, refrigerant cycle device, temperature sensor, and controller to regulate the fermentation process. The system ensures precise temperature control during beverage production. GlobalData’s report on LG gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Beverage maker with controlled fermentation tank temperature

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: LG Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11970686B2) discloses a beverage maker that includes a fermentation tank with a cooling system comprising an evaporator and a compressor to regulate the temperature during the fermentation process. The system also includes a heater, a temperature sensor, and a controller to drive the compressor based on temperature readings. The controller is programmed to supply yeast into the tank at a specific temperature, stop the compressor at predetermined step temperatures, and restart it after a set time interval until the fermentation temperature is achieved. This innovative design ensures precise temperature control throughout the fermentation process, resulting in a high-quality beverage production.

Furthermore, the patent details the controller's ability to maintain the fermentation temperature by controlling the compressor or the heater within a predetermined range. The system's multiple step temperatures, based on the fermentation temperature and the initial tank temperature, ensure a gradual cooling process for optimal fermentation conditions. By driving the compressor based on temperature differentials and specific reference values, the beverage maker can achieve consistent and efficient fermentation results. Overall, this patented technology offers a sophisticated and automated solution for beverage production, enhancing the quality and reliability of the fermentation process.

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