Patent No. 831635A: Beer Pipe Cleaner

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Today in 1906, US Patent 831635 A was issued, an invention of Joseph Strunce, for his “Beer Pipe Cleaner.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

This invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in an apparatus to be used for cleaning pipes, and while it is more especially intended to be employed for cleaning beer-pipes, such as are used for drawing beer from kegs, casks, or vessels, yet it is applicable for cleaning pipes used for other purposes; and it consists in certain peculiarities of the construction, novel arrangements, and operation of the various parts thereof, as will be hereinafter more fully set forth and specifically claimed.

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Patent No. 739595A: Cooling Apparatus For Liquids

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Today in 1903, US Patent 739595 A was issued, an invention of Hugo Fluegge, for his “Cooling Apparatus For Liquids.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

My invention relates to cooling apparatus for liquids; and the object of my invention is to provide an apparatus by means of which the carbonic-acid gas used in an apparatus for supplying beer or other similar liquids under gaseous pressure can at the same time be also used for the purpose of cooling `the liquid to be served out, this device therefore doing away with the necessity of cooling the liquid by means of ice, as hitherto was usually the case.

The principal feature of my cooling apparatus is the arrangement of a spiral pipe, which is securely fixed within a chamber containing water or other similar fluid. The carbonic-acid gas which flows through this spiral pipe cools the water surrounding the pipe to such an extent that it begins to freeze. Consequently the liquid to be served out, which is contained in air-tight glass cylinders and which are surrounded by the freezing water, can be cooled in this manner to any required degree.

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Patent No. 568133A: Apparatus For Barreling And Bunging Beer

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Today in 1896, US Patent 568133 A was issued, an invention of Alfred E. Feroe, for his “Apparatus For Barreling and Bunging Beer.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

My invention relates to an apparatus for barreling and bunging fermented liquors, and the object and purpose of my invention is to produce a means whereby carbonated liquors may be barreled and confined by any kind of bung without the loss of liquor or gas during the operation.

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Patent No. 264457A: Beer Faucet And Tap

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Today in 1882, US Patent 264457 A was issued, an invention of George Hirschman, for his “Beer Faucet and Tap.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

My invention relates to devices for tapping barrels and casks; and it consists in a sleeve adapted to be screwed or otherwise attached to a metal bushing surrounding the plug or bung, and a shouldered faucet arranged to move a limited distance longitudinally within the sleeve, so that if forced back by the pressure of the liquid it can move only such limited distance, but is held in position to be driven to its place.

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Patent No. 633341A: Siphon For Beer

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Today in 1899, US Patent 633341 A was issued, an invention of Johann Dreckmann, for his “Siphon For Beer.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

This invention consists of an improved construction of fountain or siphon for drawing beer and carbonated or aerated drinks.

The herein-described fountain or siphon comprising two vessels, one a liquid-receptacle and the other a gas-receptacle with a reducing-valve connecting the two and a check-valve opening from the liquid-receptacle into the gas-receptacle, whereby a substantially constant pressure is maintained in the liquid-receptacle while dispensing therefrom, substantially as described.

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Patent No. 482474A: Beer Faucet

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Today in 1892, US Patent 482474 A was issued, an invention of Frank Anthony Frumviller, for his “Beer Faucet.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

This invention relates to improvements in beer-faucets, the objects in view being to provide a faucet of cheap and simple construction adapted to be applied to any of the ordinary bung-faucets, and so constructed as to be applied or removed to the same without removing the bung or rod, and thus obviating any change of pressure upon the beer or permitting it to become fiat by reason of such application or removal, wherebyI am enabled to draw the beer either at the point of location of the keg or at some distant point.

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Patent No. 1197922A: Barrel

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Today in 1916, US Patent 1197922 A was issued, an invention of Julian O. Ellinger, for his beer “Barrel.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

This invention relates to improvements in barrels or kegs and one of the principal objects of the invention is to provide means for securing a head in a barrel or keg in such manner that said head may be securely held in place when the barrel is subjected to rough usage in handling, and so that the head may be readily removed.

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Patent No. 3527391A: Means For Expelling Liquid From A Container By Applied External Pressure

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Today in 1970, US Patent 3527391 A was issued, an invention of Anthony George Dimuria, for his “Means for Expelling Liquid from a Container by Applied External Pressure.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

A liquid container having two generally side by side openings, one for ingress of pressure applying medium and the other for egress of liquid, valve means normally maintaining said openings closed and a unit having a connection to a source of pressure applying medium and a liquid dispensing connection adapted to be applied to the container, the unit having means for operating the valve means to open said openings and thus put said container in communication with said connections respectively. Each Opening may have a valve seat with a valve element normally maintained resiliently seated thereon and each connection is dimensioned to project through its corresponding valve seat and to unseat the valve element associated therewith when the unit is applied to the container, said connections sealingly engaging said valve seats before unseating the respective valve elements whereby each valve seat also acts as a seal for one of said connections.

This invention relates to means for expelling liquid from a container by applied external pressure. While the invention has broad application it is particularly well adapted for use in dispensing beer from a barrel or keg. For purposes of explanation and illustration the invention will be described as embodied in means for dispensing beer from a barrel, as in the dispensing of draught beer in a tavern, but it is to be distinctly understood that the invention has other applications. The dispensing container may take various forms, the liquid being expelled or dispensed from the container may be any liquid and the pressure applying medium, which is preferably carbon dioxide in the case of dispensing beer, may in other cases be compressed air or other gas.

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Patent No. 57746A: Improved Refrigerator For Liquids

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Today in 1866, US Patent 57746 A was issued, an invention of Robert W. McClelland, for his “Improved Refrigerator For Liquids.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes these claims:

What I claim as my invention, and seek to secure by Letters Patent, is a refrigerator for cooling ale, beer, and other liquids, arranged so that the casks may be supported upon slides E, resting upon the ways D in the upper part of the chest A, and the liquids be conducted by a flexible pipe, G, into a receiver, I, inclosed in the cooling-tube H, and then drawn for use through a faucet, M, passing through the small doors 0, said several parts being constructed and arranged substantially as set forth.

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Patent No. 4538746A: Keg-Tapping Assembly

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Today in 1985, US Patent 4538746 A was issued, an invention of James H. Hines, for his “Keg-Tapping Assembly.” Here’s the Abstract:

The invention contemplates improved safety interlock mechanism incorporated in a keg-tapping assembly which is removably attachable to a standard beer keg or the like, via a bayonet-type engagement between lugs on the keg and a slotted flange on the keg-tapping assembly. The keg-tapping assembly is of the variety in which a handle is depressed to gain beverage-dispensing access to the keg and in which the handle is raised to close the keg and to shut off supply of gas pressure to the keg. A guide formed in the keg-tapping assembly locates a vertically displaceable locking leg, having articulated connection to the handle, such that in a downward actuation of the handle, the guided locking leg will be in a position to deny lug displacement into or through one of the slots of the slotted flange, before handle displacement can either begin to open the keg or to admit gas pressure thereto. The result is that unless the handle is sufficiently raised to allow safe removal of the keg-tapping assembly from a keg, the keg-tapping assembly cannot be removed.

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