Today in 1872, US Patent 122592 A was issued, an invention of Morton Andre Foubert, for his “Improvement in Apparatus for Cooling Beer.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:
The cooling-vessel a is made of a vertical cylinder containing double heads and numerous vertical pipes of small size and placed close together, the pipes opening at their ends through the inner heads, so that the cooling water supplied from the tank I) will run, by the pipe 0, through these tubes and pass up by the elevated pipe (I to the vat e, where the warmed water can be reserved for use in other operations. The beer is supplied by the pipe f and runs from the vat 9 into the upper part of the cooler a, passing gradually downward and running away, by the pipe h, to the refrigerator 7c. The pipes c fare provided with cocks that should have divisions or degrees marked upon them so that they can be opened the proper amount in order that the cooling-water may be supplied in the proper proportion to effect the cooling of the beer that runs through the ap paratus to the required temperature, and I remark that all portions of this apparatus that come in contact with the beer should be tinned to prevent any injury to the same from the copper or other metal made use of for the vessels and pipes. Within the refrigerator it there is a vertical group of pipes, 1, opening at their upper and lower ends into the chambers m, the lower one being connected with the pipe h and the upper one with delivery-pipe n, that leads to any suitable receptacle. The refrigerator is may contain water or ice, as required, and a pipe and cook at 8 may be provided to draw off the beer, if it is not desired to pass all of it through the apparatus, or for emptying the vessel a and pipes l. The pipe and cook at t can be used for admitting steam or hot water for cleansing the vessels a lo, and the pipe and cook a serves as a blow-off for the vessel a.
I claim as my invention The cooler a, constructed as specified. and combined with the vertical group of pipes Z in the refrigerator k, the parts being constructed and connected, as and for the purposes set forth.