Patent No. 2477222A: Beer Dispenser With Coil Cleaning Means

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Today in 1949, US Patent 2477222 A was issued, an invention of Frederick J. Warcup, for his “Beer Dispenser with Coil Cleaning Means.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

This invention relates to beer distributing systems such as are used in taverns and saloons for conducting beer from kegs, in which the beer is delivered from the brewery, to taps located behind the bar. The length of piping between a keg and the tap includes a cooling coil through which the beer flows.

One object of the invention is to provide an improved beer distributing system in which water can be conveniently introduced into the beer lines and accurately controlled so as to avoid the loss of beer that results from having beer stand in the pipes, from draining of the lines for cleaning, and the loss that occurs when an empty keg is replaced with a full one.

It is another object of this invention to provide means by which tavern operators can clean their own lines without having to connect or disconnect any unions or fittings, and in the preferred embodiment of the invention the system is constructed so that the beer lines can be cleaned without even leaving the bar. The tavern operator can fill his beer lines with water preparatory to cleaning them and all of the usual loss of beer incident to cleaning line is avoided.

Another important saving is effected by this invention when a keg becomes empty and it is necessary to tap a new keg. Whenever the contents of one keg become exhausted, the beer line fills with foam and the first beer from a new keg surges into the line and foams to such an extent that the first glasses drawn after a new keg has been tapped cannot be used because of excessive foam. With this invention the line is filled with water before tapping a new keg and there is no surge of beer into the line.

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Patent No. 3825145A: Beer Keg

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Today in 1974, US Patent 3825145 A was issued, an invention of Richard W. Reynolds, for his “Beer Keg.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

A beer keg having plastic top, bottom and side walls that are of integral unitary construction, and a tapper mounting member cast in position in the top wall and a filler plug mounted in the side wall.

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Patent No. 302282A: Apparatus For Racking Beer

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Today in 1884, US Patent 302282 A was issued, an invention of Johann Pusch, for his “Apparatus for Racking Beer.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

My invention relates to an improved hermetic apparatus for racking beer, and is designed as an improvement on the apparatus described in Letters Patent No. 274,516, granted to me March 27, 1883.

As in the apparatus described in the above, named Letters Patent, the object of this invention is to effectually prevent the escape of the carbonic-acid gas contained in the beer during the process of racking; and the improvements herewith made consist, first, in the novel means employed in connection with the barrel-platform for raising and lowering the same; second, in the novel means for clearing the supply-pipes of all beer after the barrel is filled, and, third, in the novel bung-feeding mechanism, all as will be fully described and claimed.

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Patent No. 2048266A: Beer Cooling And Dispensing System

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Today in 1936, US Patent 2048266 A was issued, an invention of Thomas Alfred Jenkins, for his “Beer Cooling and Dispensing System.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

This invention relates to improvements in beer cooling and dispensing systems and consists in the construction; combinations and arrangements as herein described and claimed.

The general object of my invention is the provision, in a manner-as hereinafter set forth, of a beer cooling and dispensing system that is complete in arrangement; unique in design; attractive; durable; sanitary; efficient and economical in operating performance.

The basic thought and purpose of conception, as embodied in this invention, is the creation of a beer cooling and dispensing system, wherein the cooling tank is simple; the means for cooling highly efficient and the entire system complete in function and sanitary throughout. Means for filtering the beer are practical in every sense and perform the important function of protecting various valve protecting elements. Means for controlling pressure; retaining gases and for flushing and emptying the entire system during cleaning periods are provided.

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Patent No. 734305A: Process Of Preserving Beer

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Today in 1903, US Patent 734305 A was issued, an invention of Francisque Crotte, for his “Process Of Preserving Beer.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

This invention relates to, the preservation of beer or other liquids; and the object of the invention is to provide a process by which the organic or germ life in the beer is rendered harmless, so that the beer will keep without deterioration for a great length of time.

The invention consists of the process of preserving beer which comprises the steps of placing a suitable preservative substance in a receptacle in contact with the beer to be treated and then passing through said substance, receptacle, and the beer an electric current of high tension, said current being of such direction, strength, tension,and character as to induce a cataphoric transference of said preservative substance through the receptacle into the beer.

The invention consists also in certain other combinations of steps hereinafter described and claimed, all however, involving the same principle of cataphoric action.

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Patent No. 928588A: Apparatus For Dispensing A Measured Quantity Of Beer

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Today in 1909, US Patent 928588 A was issued, an invention of Harry S. Cornish, for his “Apparatus for Dispensing a Measured Quantity of Beer.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

My invention is primarily designed for dispensing beer and to regulate what is known as the pint trade.

The main object of my invention is to avoid any waste of liquid when changing from one source of supply to another and to insure that the first liquid drawn from the new source will be of the full measured quantity.

To these ends my invention consists in providing an apparatus for drawing a measured quantity of liquid with means for changing from one source of supply to another, when the first has become exhausted, together with means for venting or freeing the air from the pipes and intermediate connections of the empty end of the system previous to connecting the new supply, so that the new supply can immediately fill the empty end and a full measured quantity drawn at the first draft from the new supply.

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Patent No. 2087349A: Beer Keg

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Today in 1937, US Patent 2087349 A was issued, an invention of Hubert H. Lucker, for his “Beer Keg.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

This invention relates to new and useful improvements in beer kegs.

The primary object of the invention is to provide a metal beer keg which is formed from a 5 comparatively few number of parts and yet which is extremely strong and durable.

A further object of the invention is to provide the main body portion of a metallic beer keg by forming the same from a pair of oppositely arranged dished members, which may be pressed or stamped from suitable gauge material and wherein the edges of the two dished members are suitably joined for a seam.

A further object of the invention is to provide a beer keg with depressions or cavities at its opposite ends, one of said cavities being designed to receive and house the dispensing mechanism for the contents of the keg and wherein a cover is applied to the end of the keg to conceal the dispensing mechanism.

Still a further object of the invention is to provide a beer keg which is formed with a cavity or depression at one end adapted to be closed by a cover so as to form a compartment for receiving a refrigerating medium.

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Patent No. 48791A: Improved Cooler For Beer

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Today in 1865, US Patent 48791 A was issued, an invention of Justus Chollae, for his “Improved Cooler For Beer and Other Liquids.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

Our invention consists in a peculiar construction and arrangement of portable cooler for beer, cider, and other liquids.

In the construction of our improved cooler a common Water-bucket or other suitable vessel A may be used to receive the cooler proper, B,which consists of an annular chamber nearly fitting the bucket. This annular chamber B is made of galvanized iron or other suitable material. It has a large central space, C, into which the ice is placed for cooling the beer or other liquid. This chamber B is closed at top and bottom, so that the beer is not exposed to the atmosphere, and may be kept under pressure, if desirable.

The beer or other liquid is admitted to the cooler through a tube, D, which is most conveniently made of india-rubber. The stop-cock E is to be inserted into a barrel or other vessel from which the beer or other liquid is to be drawn. A tube, F, extends from the top to near the bottom of the cooler B, and is provided with a stop-cock, G, for the discharge of the beer or other liquid drectly from the bottom of the cooler. The lower end of this tube is perforated with small holes, or otherwise provided with a suitable strainer

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Patent No. 586323A: Bung-Starter

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Today in 1897, US Patent 586323 A was issued, an invention of Henry Sternkopf, for his “Bung-Starter.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

The object of this invention is to provide improved means for starting or withdrawing bungs from barrels, casks, kegs, and like receptacles.

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