Patent No. 607770A: Apparatus For Pasteurizing Beer

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Today in 1898, US Patent 607770 A was issued, an invention of William J. Ruff, for his “Apparatus For Pasteurizing Beer.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

My invention has for its object an improved apparatus to be utilized in pasteurizing beer, whereby the operation is more perfectly carried out and the beer more effectually and uniformly treated and its chemical properties preserved.

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Patent No. 2354092A: Art Of Brewing Beer, Ale, Or Near-Beer

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Today in 1944, US Patent 2354092 A was issued, an invention of Berthold Stein, for his “Art Of Brewing Beer, Ale, Or Near-Beer.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

The present invention includes both the process of brewing as hereinafter described, and the beverage or resulting product thereof, and when referring to beer it is intended to include ale and near-beer, and analogous beverages of the same class Beer as well as ale is generally described as a fermented malt liquor with an average percentage of alcohol of from three to four per cent. by weight, or sometimes less, as in near beer, which may have about one-half per cent. It has a mildly bitter and aromatic flavor and odor. The brewers have. always attempted to give the beer an aromatic hop flavor and odor. Up to date, they have not succeeded in doing so. The bitter and so-called aromatic flavor is to be derived from. the hops. which are used in the brewing process. While all kinds of beer and` ales taste more or less bitter, there are no beers brewed which really have an aromatic hop flavor and odor. This is due to the processes and apparatuses which are employed in the brewing of beer and ale. All beers and ales have a more or less pronounced bitter taste, and they often have a disagreeable taste and odor as well. The latter is derived principally from the cellulose matter of the husks of the grain, and the fatty oils contained in the grain, such as barley, corn or rice. These bitter tastes and disagreeable odors are the principal reasons why so many people do not drink beer. It is generally understood that beer and ale is made from malt, and hops. In this country, however, beer and ale is brewed mostly from a mixture of barley malt (about 70%), and cereals unmalted (about 30%), namely, corn, rice, corn. Syrups or sugars, and hops. The hops in the brewing of beer and ales are used as a spice or condiment with a view to overcoming the above-mentioned bad taste and odor.

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Patent No. 733732A: Screen For Hop Separating Machines

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Today in 1903, US Patent 733732 A was issued, an invention of Jacob Mueller, for his “Screen For Hop Separating Machines.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

This invention relates to an improved screen for separating hops from the seeds after they have been separated from their stems by one of the well-known machines used for this purpose, such as the one for which Letters Patent were granted to me, No. 314,116, and dated March 17, 1885, or any other suitable machine; and the invention relates more specifically to a compound screen by which the larger leaves of the hop-scales are separated from the seeds and the smaller leaves from the lupulin or fine gummy particles in a very effective manner in four separate receptacles, so that the seeds and other parts which are not used in brewing processes are separated from the lupulin, scales, and leaves, which permits thereby a better utilization of the hop seeds in the brewing process, as the objectionable parts of the same have been separated and for this purpose the invention consists of a screen for separating hop-scales after they are removed 0 from their stems which comprises an oscillating shaker provided with a bottom screen and conveying-hopper and a plurality of inclined screens arranged below the lower end of the shaker, said screens being of different character and degrees of fineness,so as to separate the hop-scales from the seeds, lupulin, and smaller particles and pass each into suitable receptacles; and the invention consists, further, of certain details of construction and combinations of parts, which will be fully described hereinafter and finally pointed out in the claims.

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Patent No. 2683594A: Grain Drying Machine

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Today in 1954, US Patent 2683594 A was issued, an invention of Harvey J. Davis and Eugene Martenson, for their “Grain Drying Machine.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

Our invention relates to improvements in grain drying machines for small grain, especially oats, wheat, rye, barley and corn.

The primary object of our invention is to provide an efficient portable machine for removing, under the action of heat a sufficient amount of moisture from such grain to prevent molding, but, without damaging the grain as regards germination, color, odor, or taste.

Another object is to accomplish the above while agitating the grain so that it will be uniformly but slowly dried under the action of heat at a low temperature.

Still another object is to provide a machine for the above purposes which is economical to manufacture, use and service, and easily cleaned.

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Patent No. 1190841A: Beer Strainer

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Today in 1915, US Patent 1190841 A was issued, an invention of Alexander Almasy and Joseph Bacha, for their “Beer Strainer.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

This invention relates to beer strainers.

The object of the invention resides in the provision of a device of the character named adapted to be incorporated in a beer dispensing system between the supply and the dispensing faucet for the purpose of separating all solid impurities from the beer and trapping same.

A further object of the invention resides in the provision of a beer strainer embodying an improved construction whereby same may be easily cleaned by separating the component parts thereof.

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Patent No. 385986A: Beer Cooler

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Today in 1888, US Patent 385986 A was issued, an invention of Alois Aufrichtig, for his “Beer Cooler.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

I have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Beer-Coolers. The improvement consists in such construction that either one or more of the pipes or elbows may be removed, and, in combination with such construction, a flanged elbow having parts of different lengths, so that one of the flanges may be in line with the sectional post and the other outside such line.

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Patent No. 1031838A: Beer Saving Apparatus

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Today in 1912, US Patent 1031838 A was issued, an invention of Beer Saving Apparatus, for his “Beer Saving Apparatus.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

Having thus fully described” my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is: in combination, beer tank, a beer faucet provided with a controlling valve, a pipe leading from said tank to said faucet, a pressure tank, connections between said pressure tank and said beer tank, a pan beneath the aforesaid faucet, a trap beneath said pan, a drainpipe leading from said pan to said trap, a pipe leading from said pressure tank to said trap, a branch pipe lead pipe leading from said tank to said faucet, a pressure’ tank, connections between said pressure tank and said beer tank, a pan beneath the aforesaid faucet, a trap beneath said pan a drain pipe leading from said pan to said trap, a pipe leading from said pressure tank to said trap, a drainage .pipe leading from said trap to’ the first named pipe, a valve for controlling the passage through said branch pipe, a valve or controlling the passages through said drain the pipe leading from the. pressure tank to the trap, ‘a link connected pipe and through to said valves, an operating lever for the controlling valve of the aforesaid faucet, and connections between said lever and said link. In combination, a beer tank, a’beer faucet provided with a controlling valve, a pipe leading from said tank to said faucet a pressure tank, connections between said pressure tank and said beer tank, a pan beneath the aforesaid faucet,a trap beneath said pan, a drain pipe leading from said pan to said trap, a pipe leading from said pressure tank to said trap, a branch pipe leading from said trap to the first named r p through said branch pipe, trolling the passages through said drain pipe and through pressure tank to the trap, means for automatically operating said valves as the controlling valve of the faucet is operated, and a jet pipe connected to said trap and adapt a valve for coned to deliver a sweeping jet into the afore said pan

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Patent No. 406486A: Steeping Tub For Steeping Barley

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Today in 1889, US Patent 406486 A was issued, an invention of Fritz Susemiehl, for his “Steeping Tub For Steeping Barley or Other Grains.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

My invention relates to improvements in steeping-tubs for steeping barley and other grain, in which the form of the tub is preferably globular, except at its top, and having a spout or mouth-piece on its upper edge at one side similar in form to those found in pitchers, the water being conveyed into the tub through perforations in exit-tubes in connection with compressed air passed through same by means of an air force-pump, the tub or vessel laving a false perforated bottom with trap-door connecting with a conveyer-pipe passing out through the bottom of the vessel; and the objects of my improvements are, first, to permit the barley or other grain and refuse foreign matter floating on top of the water to be discharged from the vessel or tub through its spout or mouth-piece; second, to cause the Water to be discharged with great force in the vessel through the perforations in the exit pipes, to stir and agitate the grain in the vessel, and thus cleansing it from dirt and foreign substances adhering to it; third, to permit the dirt and foreign substances wash ed off the grain, which sink, to pass through the perforations of false bottom and lie upon the real bottom of the vessel, thus separating the same from the cleansed grain, and, fourth, to provide means for expeditiously removing the cleansed grain, after its proper treatment, from the vessel by means of a trap-door through the false bottom and a conveyer pipe leading therefrom through the bottom of the vessel. I attain these objects by the mechanism illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure l is a front view of the steeping-tub. Fig. 2 is a view of a vertical section of the same. Fig. 3 is a top view of the false bottom. Fig. `1i is a top view of one of the arms of the water and air pipes. Fig. 5 is a vertical section of the same on the line :roc ofFig. 4, the exit-pipes being removed; and Fig. 6 is a detail view of the means of attaching one

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Patent No. 4276738A: Hop Picking Machine

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Today in 1981, US Patent 4276738 A was issued, an invention of Dominick Ferraro, for his “Hop Picking Machine.” Here’s the Abstract:

A picking machine is described for harvesting hops from vines that have been trained over a low profile trellis. The machine includes two sets of vertical picking conveyors that straddle the vines. The conveyor sets are transversely adjustable toward or away from the vine. A forward picking conveyor set includes picking fingers that move continuously downwardly, stripping hops down from opposite sides of the vine downwardly onto horizontal receiving conveyors. A rearward set of picking conveyors follow the forward set with picking fingers moving upwardly. The upwardly moving picking fingers lift the vine, “stringing” the vine vertically and stripping the remaining hops so they will fall downwardly onto receiving conveyors below.

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