Beer Birthday: Chris White

Today is the 47th birthday of Chris White. Chris founded the yeast company White Labs in 1995 and he’s also on the faculty of the Siebel Institute. He’s also a fixture at virtually every brewing industry and homebrewing conference, and was kind enough to talk to my SSU beer appreciation class about. Join me in wishing Chris a very happy birthday.

Chris and his brother Mike bookending Chuck, from Green Fash Brewing, Natalie Cilurzo, from Russian River Brewing, John Harris, from Full Sail Brewing, and Vinnie Cilurzo, also from Russian River, at CBC in Austin, Texas in 2007.

Chris at the new White Labs taproom during the Craft Brewers Conference a couple of years ago in San Diego.

Surly brewer Todd Haug with Chris.

Chris with Technical Sales and Marketing Coordinator Ashley Paulsworth at the NHC.

[Note: last two photos purloined from Facebook.]

Patent No. 3453114A: Process Of Brewing

Today in 1969, US Patent 3453114 A was issued, an invention of Peter D. Bayne and John L. Pahlow, assigned to Schlitz Brewing Co., for their “Process of Brewing.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

This invention relates to a process of brewing and more particularly to a process and apparatus for reconstituting concentrated brewers wort.

The present invention is directed to a continuous, high capacity process for reconstituting concentrated wort. The wort is reconstituted without color gain, loss of hop bitter or alternation of flavor. According to the invention, concentrated wort at a temperature of from 60 to 120 F., but preferably under and having a solids content of 80% is continuously pumped from a storage tank and/ or shipping containers and passed 4into a mixing system. Deionized water, -or filtered mains water, depending upon the purity of the water, is introduced into a mixer at a constant flow rate and is mixed with the stream of concentrated wort to partially reconstitute or dilute the wort. In some cases, particularly in high capacity installations, a second mixer in series may be employed and -a second stream of either deionized water or filtered mains water is introduced into the second mixer down stream from the first mixer. This second or breakdown stream of water is continuously introduced at a variable flow rate and mixed with the partially reconstituted wort to complete the reconstitution to the fermentation gravity.


Patent No. 5772000A: Hop Vine Transfer System

Today in 1998, US Patent 5772000 A was issued, an invention of Paul J. Serres, for his “Hop Vine Transfer System.” Here’s the Abstract:

A hop vine transfer system (10) includes a plurality of magazines (14a, 14b, 14c) each fed by an associated unloader mechanism (12). Once a magazine has been filled with hope vines (V), it is unloaded by a pivoting transfer conveyor (16) having an entrance end (50) alignable with the exit end portion (48) of the magazine. The opposite exit end (91) of the transfer conveyor is disposed in operable engagement with a picking machine conveyor (18) that moves the hop vines, with their stub ends upwardly, through a picking machine (22) to remove the hops from the vines.


Patent No. 732122A: Barrel-Tap

Today in 1903, US Patent 732122 A was issued, an invention of Adolph Schneider, for his “Brew-House-Apparatus Equipment.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

The invention relates, primarily, to barrel taps more, particularly intended for use in drawing or transferring effervescing liquid, such as beer, from one receptacle to another, but which can also be used for drafting liquids.

The objects of the invention are to construct a barrel-tap which can be readily applied to or removed from a receptacle without any great inconvenience or trouble and which when applied to a receptacle will enable the liquid contained in the receptacle to be drawn therefrom without liability of waste, to effectually pr I’ll; leakage in applying the tap to the receptacle, to enable air or other fluid pressure to be applied to the receptacle as the liquid is withdrawn therefrom without change in the tap, thereby maintaining the requisite amount of pressure in a receptacle for properly transferring the liquid under a predetermined pressure, to simplify the construction and improve the operation of barrel-taps, and to construct a barrel-tap which as a Whole will be very compact, easily applied, and effective and reliable in use.


Beer Birthday: Hildegard Van Ostaden

Today is the 40th birthday of Hildegard Van Ostaden, brewmaster at Urthel, one of only two female brewers working in Belgium. Inspired by a trip to Alaska’s barleywine festival, she also brewed the first American-style Imperial IPA in Belgium. Her beers are all great, and I love the illustrations on the labels that her husband Bas does. Join me in wishing Hildegard a very happy birthday.

Hildegard with Brian Hunt of Moonlight Brewing at the Beer Chef’s Urthel dinner.

Outside the Falling Rock, fellow GABF judges Carl Kins, from the EBCU (on left), and Hildegard (on right) along with her husband Bas (in the middle) during GABF in 2007.

Bas van Ostaden, Bruce Paton and Hildegard after their dinner in 2007.

Patent No. 732350A: Brew-House-Apparatus Equipment

Today in 1903, US Patent 732350 A was issued, an invention of Max Henius, for his “Brew-House-Apparatus Equipment.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

My invention relates to an improvement in the equipment of apparatus employed in the department of a brewery known as the brewhouse, which is devoted to the operation of producing the wort by practicing the several generally-stated steps of making the mash, drawing off and hopping and boiling the resultant wort, separating the hopped wort from the hops, and finally cooling the hopped wort preparatory to pumping it into the fermentation-vat.

Hitherto the equipment employed in the manufacture of the wort in the brew-house has involved a multiplicity of apparatus, which has rendered not only the installation of the plant in the matter of building and apparatus but also the maintenance and operation very expensive.

The object of my improvement is to simplify the apparatus equipment for a brewhouse by reducing to the minimum the number of apparatuses for practicing the several necessary steps in wort manufacture by adapting a number of the comparatively few apparatuses provided to perform each several of the steps of the process Where hitherto a separate apparatus was in most or at least some instances required for the practice of each separate step.


Beer In Ads #1601: Beer Is A Food

Monday’s ad is for Ruppert’s Knickerbocker — The Beer That Satisfies — from 1914. The Jacob Ruppert Brewery in New York put out this priceless ad during the inevitable march to prohibition, six years before it was enacted. They were obviously still hoping to turn public opinion with this great copy. “For the good of the public health, it is highly desirable that all prejudice against beer should be removed. This prejudice is held exclusively by people who do not drink beer.” The ad continues by listing great reasons why beer is so awesome. Unfortunately, it didn’t work.


Patent No. 3589270A: Device For Preparing Brewing Malt

Today in 1971, US Patent 3589270 A was issued, an invention of Gisbert Schlimme and Manfred Tschirner, for their “Device For Preparing Brewing Malt.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

A single apparatus for preparing brewing malt in three steps, namely steeping, germinating and drying. A horizontal rotary annular perforated rack arranged in a cylindrical trough is charged with the material to be treated and while placed on the rotating rack is firstly steeped in water introduced into the trough below the rack. After the water has been discharged, the germinating step is performed by introducing air conveyed by a fan into the space between the rack and the bottom of the trough and upwardly through the material, which latter is turned by a horizontal series of vertically arranged turning worms which as a unit may be horizontally moved into the material on the rotating rack, the’ unit of worms being vertically movable into the layer of material and again outwardly therefrom.

During the final drying step, the same fan is used to circulate heated air through the material on the rotating rack, and the dried material then discharged from the rack by a conveyor which may be lowered into the material on the rack. The material is then discharged into a worm conveyor leading to a discharge pipe. As conveyor may serve an endless conveyor with buckets which scoop the material from the rack.


Patent No. 229374A: Apparatus for Purifying Air

Today in 1880, US Patent 229374 A was issued, an invention of Friedrich A. Bruns, for his “Apparatus for Purifying Air.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

The object of this invention is to furnish means for cooling and purifying the atmospheric air which is required for handling beer, ale, wine, and other fermented liquors during fermentation. These liquids are at present transferred by means of air compressing pumps from one cask to another, the air employed for forcing the liquids carrying microscopic organisms and inorganic impurities which impregnate the beer or other liquid and exert an injurious influence thereon. To prevent these organisms from entering the liquids I employ a cooling and purifying apparatus, through which the air is drawn by the air-pump, so that all inorganic and organic impurities are retained and destroyed, and thereby a perfectly pure air supplied for handling the liquids. Fermented liquors treated with air purified in such a manner keep better, become perfectly clear, and are not liable to deterioration.

My invention consists more especially of a cooling-chamber filled with ice and provided with a top screen covered with a layer of cotton or similar material, and of an acid-chamber, into which the air is drawn from the cooling chamber and minutely divided therein by a perforated distributer and screen, to be then conducted off for use. Referring to the drawings, A represents a cooling-chamber, which is filled with ice and provided at the bottom with a discharge pipe for the ice water and with a suitable water-seal.