Primary-alcoholic Fermentations With Subsequent And/or Prior Operations Patents (Class 99/276)
  • Patent number: 10801000
    Abstract: An automated beer-brewing system and method includes plural brewing containers, supply containers, and post-beer brewing containers to bottle the brewed beer and to handle waste fluids and solids. Plural pipes couple the brewing containers to the group of post-beer-brewing containers and beer-brewing containers. Plural brew-cycle control valves are coupled to each of the pipes, to locate all of the control valves in a central region of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: CM BREWING TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis C. Kucera, Jakob Kucera
  • Patent number: 10058830
    Abstract: Station (10) for internally and externally storing, collecting and recirculating a fluid substance, said station (10) comprising a tank (11) and a recirculation circuit (14) of the fluid substance contained in said tank (10). The circuit (14) is provided with a first end associated with a lower supply opening (12) and a second end associated with an upper loading opening (13); the circuit (14) being provided with a pump (15) and a first valve (16) associable with an external tank (17) through a loading conduit (18), the valve (16) being configurable for selectively defining the conditions of recirculation of the fluid substance contained in said tank (11) from the lower opening (12) to the upper opening (13) isolating said external tank (17), and loading the fluid substance from said external tank (17) to said tank (11) isolating the lower supply opening (12) of said tank (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Enrica Cinzia Maria Somenzi, Emanuela Paci
  • Patent number: 9688949
    Abstract: A beer making system may use a detachable vessel to contain liquid during the mashing and boiling steps, and may also be used during the fermentation steps of beer making. The beer making system may recirculate liquid through the vessel, then select between several flow paths during the beer making process. A removable reservoir system having a grain reservoir and several hops or adjunct reservoirs may be selected as a flow path, as well as a bypass flow path. A programmable controller may cause liquid to recirculate through a heater and one of the various flow paths, the sequence, timing, and temperature profile of which are defined in a recipe for a particular beer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: PicoBrew, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Mitchell, James B. Mitchell, Avi R. Geiger
  • Patent number: 9556408
    Abstract: A brewing system that includes bicycle-driven generators to offset, or supply, the electricity used in the brewing process. The brewing system includes at least one bicycle, a bicycle generator associated with each bicycle, and electrical components to store the electricity generators and/or feed the electricity back into a power grid. The electricity is then drawn on during the brewing process. There is also provided a data collector for receiving the electricity generated by each bicycle, a computer for monitoring and recording the electricity generated by each bicycle, and a video monitor that displays real-time statistics of the electricity produced by each bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Windmill Pointe Brewing Company L.L.C.
    Inventors: Shawn M. Grose, Aaron Grose
  • Patent number: 9422514
    Abstract: A point-of-production brewing system which utilizes commercially available ocean and over-the-road shipping containers as a means to create a modular brewing system. Point-of-production brewing system is comprised of a system of modules for transporting and producing an alcoholic beverage and includes a wort production equipment module, a fermentation/maturation equipment module and a packaging module. The modular design allows for the system to be rapidly deployed and utilized to produce an alcoholic beverage on site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Mark Plutshack
  • Patent number: 9247767
    Abstract: A method and system for forming a beverage mixture comprising protein is disclosed. The method comprises heating the beverage in a heat exchanger, transferring the beverage to a hold loop located outside of the heat exchanger, and denaturizing the protein within the hold loop for a residence time, after the beverage is heated in the heat exchanger such that the denaturizing occurs outside of the heat exchanger to prevent fouling of the heat exchanger. The system comprises a beverage forming tank, a heat exchanger for heating the beverage, and a first hold loop separate from the heat exchanger, which is configured to hold the beverage for a residence time to denaturize a protein in the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignees: PepsiCo, Inc., Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance, S.A.
    Inventors: Hoang Hathuc, Arnab Sarkar, Rei-Young Amos Wu, Bozena Malmgren
  • Publication number: 20150147433
    Abstract: A disposable winemaking apparatus for fermenting wine containing skins, seeds, and stems that form a cap includes a single-use, dual chamber plastic bag that incorporates a mechanism to agitate and disperse the cap in order to maximize extraction of color and flavor. It also includes an integral press mechanism to squeeze out the fermented juice through a strainer, retaining the pomace in the disposable bag. The device may also be used for racking and transfer of wine during aging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Vijay SINGH
  • Publication number: 20150140628
    Abstract: The present invention provides for passive V0C recovery in the fermentation process that does not affect or minimally affects the conditions within the fermentor vessel and does not affect or minimally affects the conditions within the headspace of the fermentor vessel itself while using the production of CO2 emitted during the fermenting process as the source of driving energy to move a portion of the gaseous/vaporous material in the headspace of the fermentor through an appropriately sized conduit to a chilled surface condensing device to condense the V0Cs (principally ethanol) for recovery and to exhaust the CO2 to the atmosphere or to recover the CO2 for other uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Marci Norkin, Steven D. Colome
  • Publication number: 20150128809
    Abstract: For fermentation of wort during home beer brewing, a food grade plastic or glass cylindrical bottle is used which includes materials to reduce or eliminate UV light transmission through the bottle, and to minimize oxygen ingress into the bottle during fermentation where the bottle includes a flared neck gradually widening in circumference when approaching a bottle opening surrounded by a rim and the opening has dimensions capable of allowing a hand and arm inside the bottle for cleaning
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: John Thomas Hansmann, Bruce J. Newman
  • Publication number: 20150128810
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a growler, which may include a cap that may include an a sealing means such as an o-ring, and a container defining a cavity and having a neck portion constructed and arranged to mechanically engage and sealing close the cavity when the cap is connected to the container. A method may include providing a growler, filling the growler with a fermentable liquid, sealing the growler, and fermenting the liquid within the sealed growler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Deep Wood Brew Products, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Lehman
  • Patent number: 9017523
    Abstract: A two stage scrubber process for ethanol fermentation has a first stage using fusel oil to remove the hazardous air pollutants and recover the majority of the ethanol. A second stage uses water as the scrubbing solvent to recover any residual ethanol that is stripped from the first stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Pinnacle Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Kenneth Sibik
  • Publication number: 20150093470
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for preparing a reduced calorie beverage or food product employing fermentation of a plant-derived juice or liquid and removing the ethanol therefrom. The process involves first converting at least some of the sugar in a plant-derived juice or liquid by fermenting it with yeast to produce a fermentation product containing ethanol and subsequently removing at least some of the ethanol from the fermentation product, while maintaining the fermentation product at a temperature of less than fifty-five degrees Celsius to produce the reduced calorie beverage or food product. The alcohol removal step is performed at temperatures of less than seventy-five degrees in order to reduce the impact upon flavour and nutritional properties, relative to conventional alcohol removal at or near boiling temperatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Luc Hobson
  • Publication number: 20150093471
    Abstract: A fermenter is provided that heats and ferments a beverage feed material, such as grain and water, and a mashing device having a porous and permeable bottom to be positioned in the fermenter during heating to form an intermediate beverage feed material, such as a wort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Nathan Robert Janz
  • Patent number: 8991301
    Abstract: A device for steeping barley having a container for containing the barley to be steeped. The container has a floor and the floor has passageways for flowing at least one of steeping water and gases through the passageways. The device further includes a water line system under the floor directly connected to the passageways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Buehler AG
    Inventors: Bernardus Van Dieren, Gerardus Toonen
  • Publication number: 20150075386
    Abstract: A brewing system that includes bicycle-driven generators to offset, or supply, the electricity used in the brewing process. The brewing system includes at least one bicycle, a bicycle generator associated with each bicycle, and electrical components to store the electricity generators and/or feed the electricity back into a power grid. The electricity is then drawn on during the brewing process. There is also provided a data collector for receiving the electricity generated by each bicycle, a computer for monitoring and recording the electricity generated by each bicycle, and a video monitor that displays real-time statistics of the electricity produced by each bicycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Shawn M. Grose, Aaron Grose
  • Publication number: 20150079255
    Abstract: A device for distributing wine uniformly over a wine cap includes a T-joint member, an impeller and a shaft. The T-joint member has a top opening, a bottom opening, a side opening, a through-opening extending from the top opening to the bottom opening and a side-through-opening extending from the side opening to the through-opening. The impeller includes a one-piece conical shaped body that has a circular base, a cylindrical center, a conical-shaped outer surface, a central-through-opening extending through the cylindrical center, and a plurality of curved blades extending from the top of the cylindrical center along the inclined outer surface. The T-joint member is configured to allow wine to be pumped into the through-opening through the side opening and to exit through the bottom opening and then to flow onto the impeller. The impeller is configured to allow the wine to flow uniformly around and down the conical-shaped outer surface of the impeller and through the impeller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: ALEXANDER MITCHELL, EVAN SCHNEIDER
  • Patent number: 8968805
    Abstract: A device for brewing beer, particularly a wort pan (1), with a container body (2) to receive a wort reservoir (3) is described. The device contains an internal boiler (4) arranged in the container body (2), which is provided with a heat exchanger (5) and a guiding screen (8). Furthermore a wort forced flow (10) provided with a pump is also provided, which runs through the boiler (4). In order to increase the efficiency of the device, the wort forced flow (10) has a thin-layer distributor (17) for the wort, which contains a pipe subsection (11b) connected with the pump, which subsection leads above the guiding screen (8) via an outlet opening (13) with reduced outlet cross-section into the container body (2). Furthermore, above the outlet opening (13), a flow-guiding baffle surface (15) is provided, at which the flow arrives from below, to deflect the liquid towards the wort reservoir (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Klaus-Karl Wasmuht, Kurt Stippler
  • Publication number: 20150000530
    Abstract: A beer making system may use a detachable vessel to contain liquid during the mashing and boiling steps, and may also be used during the fermentation steps of beer making. The beer making system may recirculate liquid through the vessel, then select between several flow paths during the beer making process. A removable reservoir system having a grain reservoir and several hops or adjunct reservoirs may be selected as a flow path, as well as a bypass flow path. A programmable controller may cause liquid to recirculate through a heater and one of the various flow paths, the sequence, timing, and temperature profile of which are defined in a recipe for a particular beer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: William H. Mitchell, James B. Mitchell, Avi R. Geiger
  • Publication number: 20150000532
    Abstract: A cascading hops reservoir may have a series of hops or adjunct reservoirs, each having a drain and an overflow. The series of reservoirs may be used by causing flow through a first reservoir, which may cause liquid to flow through the reservoir and through the drain, as well as past an overflow. When a second set of hops or adjuncts may be added, the flow may be introduced to a second reservoir, which may flow through a drain and also overflow into the first reservoir. A series of multiple reservoirs may thus be used to introduce hops or other adjuncts into a brewing cycle in stages, with each additional stage including previous stages in the recirculating flow during the brewing cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: William H. Mitchell, James B. Mitchell, Avi R. Geiger
  • Publication number: 20150000531
    Abstract: A beer making device may have removable reservoirs through which brewing ingredients may be added. The removable reservoir may include a grain steeping reservoir and one or more adjunct or hops steeping reservoirs. A removable tub may contain the various reservoirs, and some or all of the various ingredient reservoirs may be removable from the reservoir tub. For example, a set of hops reservoirs may be manufactured as a single joined unit, and may be removable from the reservoir tub. The removable reservoirs may include a check valve which may shut off flow when the reservoir may be removed or dislodged, thereby minimizing leakage, and a beer making device may further sense such a situation and cause operations to cease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: William H. Mitchell, James B. Mitchell, Avi R. Geiger
  • Publication number: 20140360376
    Abstract: This invention is directed to methods for recovery of C3-C6 alcohols from dilute aqueous solutions, such as fermentation broths. Such methods provide improved volumetric productivity for the fermentation and allows recovery of the alcohol. Such methods also allow for reduced energy use in the production and drying of spent fermentation broth due to increased effective concentration of the alcohol product by the simultaneous fermentation and recovery process which increases the quantity of alcohol produced and recovered per quantity of fermentation broth dried. Thus, the invention allows for production and recovery of C3-C6 alcohols at low capital and reduced operating costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: GEVO, INC.
    Inventors: William A. Evanko, Aharon M. Eyal, David A. Glassner, Fudu Miao, Kent Evans, Andrew C. Hawkins, Aristos A. Aristidou, Patrick R. Gruber
  • Publication number: 20140332364
    Abstract: Modular ethanol distillation units housed within one or two shipping containers and ethanol distillation units that include an evaporative plate located inside a distillation tank to promote evaporation of the ethanol. Modular distillation units housed within shipping containers are easily transported and set up in remote locations where suitable feed stocks are available or can be cultivated to supply the unit and to distill ethanol for local use or export. Distillation units include feedstock storage tanks, a mixing chamber, fermentation tanks, and a distillation system/tank, which can all be located within one or two shipping containers. Evaporative plates can include holes therethrough, dimples, troughs, or a combination thereof, and holes can be located within dimples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: JA Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: James Derrel Lusk, Gene Shane, Eric Hewlett
  • Patent number: 8875616
    Abstract: A facility for introducing hop into a tank has a hop receiving tank that can be hermetically sealed and has an outflow and an inert gas supply at its bottom. The facility furthermore has a mixing apparatus that has two inlet pipes on its inflow side and an outlet pipe on the outflow side. This facility is adapted to a method for introducing hop into a tank, in which hop is put into a hop receiving container, air is expelled from the hop receiving container by inert gas and the hop with beer or “young beer” is supplied to the mixing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: ROLEC Prozess- und Brautechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Roth
  • Publication number: 20140205716
    Abstract: A method of introducing yeast into a fruit juice such as grape must to be fermented is disclosed. The method comprises feeding dry yeast into a flowing stream of the fruit juice and delivering the flowing stream of fruit juice with the yeast in it to a mixer (10). The fruit juice and yeast emerging from the mixer is fed into a fermentation tank. The yeast can include nutrients selected from inactivated yeasts, yeast autolysates, yeast cell hulls, yeast extracts, amino acids, peptides, proteins, sterols, ergosterol, thiamin, biotin, pantothenic acid, niacin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, minerals and inorganic nitrogen in the form of ammonium salts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Alan Cameron MacDonald, Patrice Pellerin, Celine Sparrow
  • Publication number: 20140157992
    Abstract: A density measuring device is described having: a housing, internally defining a first chamber, designed to contain a fluid the density of which it is desired to measure, and housing, in a measurement operating condition, a float, designed to be immersed in the fluid; and an electronic circuit that detects a value of the density as a function of a thrust sustained by the float due to the effect of the fluid; the housing further defines a second chamber, designed to contain a filling gas and to house the float in a cleaning operating condition of the float, distinct from the measurement operating condition, for removing gas bubbles and/or solid particles that have adhered to an outer surface of the float during the measurement operating condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Carlo FAROTTO
  • Publication number: 20140144328
    Abstract: Brewing assemblies and kits are generally disclosed herein. In particular, a brewing assembly comprising an upper member having a generally conical lower portion and a base member having a funnel shaped portion wherein the lower portion of the upper member is arranged to nest with the funnel shaped portion of the base member is disclosed. The present disclosure also describes brewing kits comprising a fermenter, a lid arranged to close a top opening of the fermenter, a tap connectable to a tap opening of the fermenter, and a base member having a substantially continuous and generally conical portion arranged to mate with a generally conical lower portion of the fermenter. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventors: William James Greene, JR., Sam Dramis
  • Publication number: 20140123855
    Abstract: A method of producing bioproducts from a feedstock in a system configured to produce ethanol and distillers grains from a fermentation product is disclosed. A system configured to process feedstock into a fermentation product and bioproducts including ethanol and meal is disclosed. A bioproduct produced from a fermentation product produced from a feedstock in a biorefining system is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: POET RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: John Warren Lawton, JR., Jason Alan Bootsma, Stephen Michael Lewis
  • Publication number: 20140072691
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for adding hops in beer manufacture, having the following process steps; a) separation of a sub-quantity (07a) of water and/or wort (07) and/or beer as an aqueous fluid, b) addition of hop extract (10) in liquid or pasty form to the separated aqueous fluid (07a), c) production of a macroemulsion (13) of the hop extract by emulsifying the hop extract (10) in the aqueous fluid (07a), d) increasing the pressure in the macroemulsion (13) of the hop extract to a feed pressure of in particular higher than 100 bar, e) production of a microemulsion (17) of the hop extract by feeding the pressurized macroemulsion (13) through a gap or a valve (16) or by feeding the pressurized macroemulsion against a baffle plate, f) at least partial return of the microemulsion (17) of the hop extract to the beer manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Ludwig Scheller, Rudolf Michel, Patrick Bahns
  • Publication number: 20140017354
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to systems and methods for automated, whole grain brewing. In one configuration, such a system can include a base, a boil kettle positioned on the base, a first heating element in communication with the boil kettle and configured to selectively heat fluid contained in the boil kettle, and a mash tun positioned on the base, the mash tun configured to receive one or more solid or fluid materials therein. A pumping system positioned at least partially within the base can be connected to the boil kettle and the mash tun, the pumping system being operable to selectively pass fluid into, out of, and among the boil kettle and the mash tun. In addition, a control system can be positioned at least partially within the base and configured to selectively control the first heating element and the pumping system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: James Joseph, Brandy Callanan
  • Publication number: 20140010915
    Abstract: Primary fermentation of grape must can be performed in rectangular vessels, such as conventional fruit picking bins, while providing a comparable surface area to volume ratio of toasted or plain oak to barrel fermentation. The oak or any other wood is provided in the form of planks that are supported in a stacked and spaced apart arrangement in a supporting frame that sits within the bin. The frame and oak can be removed together when sufficient oak flavor has been extracted or before pressing the juice from the must to complete secondary fermentation. The wood and or frame can also provide a means to submerse the cap that forms in primary fermentation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: ECHO BRAVO LLC
    Inventor: Edwin L. Barr
  • Publication number: 20130340624
    Abstract: A portable assembly for cooling the contents of a fermentation vessel is provided. In one embodiment, the assembly comprises an insulated, cylindrical enclosure having a fixed bottom and a removable lid. A flexible heat exchanger is cylindrically disposed within the enclosure and encircles the fermentation vessel. In one embodiment, the flexible heat exchanger is connected to a vessel containing thermally conductive fluid by flexible tubes that extend outside the enclosure. In one embodiment, a heating element is used to heat the fermentation vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Steven Dee Wayne Webber
  • Publication number: 20130287927
    Abstract: The present invention provides a preparation method and system for clarified plum wine and plum extract, blanching plum at 95° C. for 5 minutes, and then extracting the blanched plum with extracting solution containing 70-75% alcohol in volume ratio of 1:2 (w/v) at 8˜10° C. in vacuum for 30 minutes before centrifugation, cooling clarification of the plum juice at ?8° C. and ?20° C. is carried out immediately for 30 minutes respectively, so as to obtain clarified plum wine. Afterwards, the plum wine is concentrated in vacuum to ? of original volume to obtain clarified plum extract; therefore, high quality plum wine and plum extract can be obtained without destroying the plum tissue, and the production efficiency is quite ideal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Zer-Ran YU, Be-Jen Wang
  • Patent number: 8563056
    Abstract: The invention provides a continuous method for the production of a yeast fermented beverage, comprising consecutive continuous processing steps; wherein the gravity of a mash extract is maintained at more than 22° P; the gravity of the wort produced from the mash extract is maintained at more than 22° P until said wort is diluted with additional water; and the gravity of the diluted wort is within the range of 10-35° P; and wherein less than 30 wt. % of the fermentable sugars in the mash extract and wort are derived from fermentable sugars added after hydrolysis of the starch contained in the mash. The method offers the advantage that it is highly efficient in terms of energy consumption and extraction yields. Furthermore, it achieves extremely high productivity, especially in the operation of the brewhouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Heineken Supply Chain B.V.
    Inventors: Hendrikus Mulder, Onno Cornelis Snip, Douglas John Banks, Herman Hendrik Jan Bloeman
  • Patent number: 8545908
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of producing yeast fermented beverages, which method comprises the following consecutive continuous processing steps: a. introducing wort into a series of one or more propagation vessels in which it is combined with a recirculated stream of yeast-containing residue and in which the yeast is allowed to propagate under aerobic conditions while being kept suspended; b. transferring the yeast-containing wort from the propagation vessel into a series of one or more fermentation vessels in which the yeast is kept suspended under anaerobic conditions and is allowed to metabolize carbohydrates present in the wort; c. transferring at least a part of the fermented wort from the series of one or more fermentation vessels to one or more separators to remove a yeast-containing residue; d. recirculating part of the yeast-containing residue to the series of one or more propagation vessels; and e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Heineken Supply Chain B.V.
    Inventors: Hendrikus Mulder, Onno Cornelis Snip, Herman Hendrik Jan Bloemen, Douglas John Banks
  • Patent number: 8528463
    Abstract: A modular process for organosolv fractionation of lignocellulosic feedstocks into component parts and further processing of said component parts into at least fuel-grade ethanol and four classes of lignin derivatives. The modular process includes a first processing module configured for physico-chemically digesting lignocellulosic feedstocks with an organic solvent thereby producing a cellulosic solids fraction and a liquid fraction, a second processing module configured for producing at least a fuel-grade ethanol and a first class of novel lignin derivatives from the cellulosic solids fraction, a third processing module configured for separating a second class and a third class of lignin derivatives from the liquid fraction and further processing the liquid fraction to produce a distillate and a stillage, a fourth processing module configured for separating a fourth class of lignin derivatives from the stillage and further processing the stillage to produce a sugar syrup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Lignol Innovations Ltd.
    Inventors: Christer Hallberg, Donald O'Connor, Michael Rushton, Edward Kendall Pye, Gordon Gjennestad, Alex Berlin, John Ross MacLachlan
  • Publication number: 20130220133
    Abstract: A point-of-production brewing system which utilizes commercially available ocean and over-the-road shipping containers as a means to create a modular brewing system. Point-of-production brewing system is comprised of a system of modules for transporting and producing an alcoholic beverage and includes a wort production equipment module, a fermentation/maturation equipment module and a packaging module. The modular design allows for the system to be rapidly deployed and utilized to produce an alcoholic beverage on site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Plutshack
  • Publication number: 20130199376
    Abstract: A fermentation method and system which includes providing juice to be fermented into a container. The juice having a cap that is a collection of solid components of grapes. The cap has a permeable consistency and floats in the juice. The method includes moving a portion of the juice from below the cap upward into contact with the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: David D. Rule
  • Publication number: 20130183402
    Abstract: A method of preparing a yeast fermented beverage is provided, which method comprises (a) fermenting wort with a biologically active yeast to produce a fermented liquid; (b) combining the fermented liquid with polyvinylpolypyrrolidone (PVPP) particles to bind at least a fraction of the polyphenols and/or proteins contained in the fermented liquid; (c) removing a slurry containing the PVPP particles and yeast from the fermented liquid; (d) separating said slurry into a yeast-enriched fraction and a PVPP-enriched fraction a technique selected from flotation separation, settling separation and separation using a hydrocyclone; (e) regenerating the PVPP particles before, during and/or after the separation by desorbing polyphenols and/or protein from said PVPP-particles; and (f) recirculating the regenerated PVPP particles to step (b). The method can be operated with single use PVPP as well as regenerable PVPP and does not require sophisticated filter hardware for regenerating the PVPP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Tom Reinoud Noordman, Marcel Van Der Noordt, Anneke Richter
  • Publication number: 20130183403
    Abstract: A method of preparing yeast fermented beverage is provided, comprising (a) fermenting wort with yeast to produce a fermented liquid containing yeast, alcohol, polyphenols and protein; (b) optionally removing the yeast; (c) combining the fermented liquid with polyvinylpolypyrrolidone (PVPP) particles to bind at least a fraction of the polyphenols and/or proteins, wherein at least 80 wt. % of the PVPP particles have a diameter of 5-300 ?m; (d) removing a slurry containing the PVPP particles; (e) filtering the slurry over a filter having a pore size of 0.1-80 ?m to produce a PVPP-enriched retentate and a PVPP-depleted filtrate; (f) regenerating the PVPP particles in the PVPP-enriched retentate by desorbing and separating the polyphenols and/or protein from the PVPP-particles; and (f) optionally, further refining and recirculating the regenerated PVPP particles to step (c). The method can be operated with single use PVPP or regenerable PVPP and does not require capacious filter hardware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Tom Reinoud Noordman, Marcel Van Der Noordt, Anneke Richter
  • Patent number: 8481100
    Abstract: An improved system for filtering particulate matter from a liquid in a brewing pot. The improvement includes a filter assembly positioned about a drain tube. The filter assembly has a screen member surrounded by a shield member. The shield member is positioned between the drain tube and the particulate matter separated from the liquid. The bulk of the liquid, located in a top portion of a reservoir bypasses the screen member and drains through a drain reservoir and the drain tube. After removing the shield member, the remainder of the liquid drains through the screen member or filter and into the drain reservoir preventing the particulate matter from being carried through to a fermentor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventors: John Richard Blichmann, Douglas M Granlund
  • Publication number: 20130115333
    Abstract: In order to affect all the liquid mass of a vegetal product in the form of pressed product with a gas, the method provides for (i) storing the pressed product in a first tank to make it ferment therein; (ii) introducing, in the liquid portion contained in the first tank, an amount of oxygenating gases or fermentation promoter gases, such as air and/or oxygen, CO2, nitrogen, argon or a gas in general, wherein said amount is introduced in a substantially instantaneous manner and is suitable for forming one or more macro-bubbles that going up affect and stir substantially all the volume of the liquid portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: L.A.S.I. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Remo Crosato
  • Publication number: 20120269925
    Abstract: An automatic winemaking system is disclosed, which controls the execution of a winemaking process for the alcoholic fermentation of must obtained from a batch of grapes and the transformation thereof into wine in a winemaking tank. The system is provided with a database for storing winemaking data related to reference winemaking processes; a first processing unit for generating an optimized winemaking model, according to the winemaking data contained in the database, according to input data including characteristics of the batch of grapes and/or must; and a second processing unit for controlling and driving actuators acting on the winemaking tank according to the optimized winemaking model, so that winemaking process parameters are optimized for the features of the batch of grapes and/or must. The second processing unit is further capable of signaling fermentation kinetics faults and/or signaling alarms during the winemaking process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Carlo Farotto
  • Publication number: 20120251661
    Abstract: Various embodiments describe techniques for producing beer using a wort concentrate. In various embodiments, a wort concentrate having a specific gravity of at least about 1.085 kg/m3 is produced and packaged predetermined amounts while at a temperature of about fifty-eight degrees Celsius or greater. Packages can then be shipped or otherwise transported or stored. In various embodiments, the wort concentrate is mixed with predetermined amounts of filtered water, an acid neutralizing solution, and yeast and fermented for a predetermined time period. Various embodiments can further include cooling the fermented mixture to about zero degrees Celsius and storing the fermented mixture. In some embodiments, yeast finings are introduced and the fermented mixture is filtered and carbonated such that beer is produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Peter Toombs, Brian Watson
  • Patent number: 8250968
    Abstract: A wort copper and a method of boiling wort, with the wort copper having an external boiler arranged outside of the wort copper, which cyclically heats wort from the wort copper, wherein the heated wort is re-supplied to the wort copper, and comprises an infeed tube and a rising pipe, through which wort heated by the external boiler rises upwards in the wort copper, as well as at least one intake opening is provided in the rising line for sucking in wort from a wort reservoir of the wort copper, wherein the cross-sectional surface of the rising pipe enlarges at least section-wise towards the upper end of the rising pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Dietmar Lohner, Christian Wetzl, Robert Gruber
  • Publication number: 20120145011
    Abstract: An electric beverage preparation machine has: an arrangement (5?, 5?, 200, 500, 510, 600, 700, 800) for processing one or more beverage ingredients to dispense a beverage; a control unit (2) connected to the beverage processing arrangement for controlling the processing of one or more beverage ingredients; a beverage user-selector (2b, 2b?), such as a push or touch or toggle button or touch screen, for requesting a beverage, the selector being connected to the control unit; an operative mode in which such machine is immediately ready to process one or more beverage ingredients; and a start-up mode in which such machine is not ready to process one or more beverage ingredients and is brought into the beverage preparation mode from a low electric consumption standby mode or from an electrically switched off state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Sandro Florin, Christophe Schneider, Frank Krauchi
  • Patent number: 8156857
    Abstract: Equipment for yeast rehydration, in particular in dry, moist or in liquid dispersion form, which comprises a containment tank (2) closed by a cover (70) intended to receive a measured dose of yeasts to be rehydrated; first and second supply means (3, 4) adapted to respectively insert a rehydration liquid and nutritive substances in the tank (2); a circulation duct (14) placed in connection between at least one outlet opening (15) and at least one return opening (16, 16?) of the containment tank (2), intercepted by pumping means (17) for making the fluid mixture flow between the openings (14, 16). The equipment comprises means for insufflating air (32) inside the tank (2) susceptible for creating an over-pressure of a value that is regulated through suitable vent means (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Enologica Vason S.R.L.
    Inventor: Albano Vason
  • Patent number: 8146484
    Abstract: A system for filtering spent grains from unfermented beer is disclosed. The system has a pot assembly having a stock pot wall, lid, drain tube and outlet valve. A louvered false bottom is positioned in the pot assembly and forms an opening between the false bottom and the stock pot wall. The louvered false bottom has a plurality of raised louvers spaced over the false bottom. Each of the louvers has a top surface, a bottom surface, a leg and a slot. The slot can be made larger or smaller according to the grain crush size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: John Richard Blichmann
  • Patent number: 8141477
    Abstract: A mash/lauter tun and method of converting grains to wort. The mash/lauter tun comprises a container with a double false bottom filter having two perforated plates disposed parallel with a space therebetween for receiving filtration media. The container further comprises thermometers extending to near the center of the tun and a rotating heat exchanger. In use, mash is loaded into the container and heated via the rotating heat exchanger by passing hot fluid through the rotating heat exchanger. The mash is then sparged by increasing pressure in the rotating heat exchanger above a threshold pressure via closure an outlet valve of the heat exchanger. The wort then passes through the double false bottom filter and is subsequently transferred to a brew kettle for boiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: William Broderick
  • Publication number: 20120070535
    Abstract: The aim of the invention is firstly to dry the wort necessary for beer production and subsequently to re-dissolve the above for the further processing, in particular, the fermentation. According to the invention, the application of fluid bed technology is particularly suitable for the production of dried wort, in particular fluid-bed drying and fluid-bed coating. The advantage of said method for the production of granulates is that no loss of quality in the wort occurs during suitable temperature changes during the drying. The granulate can thus be coated with one or several further coatings, in particular with further flavourings. Above all flavourings can be encapsulated within the dried wort, such that the above is not lost on storage and possible transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Gerhard Kamil
  • Publication number: 20120000367
    Abstract: The invention relates to a brewery plant (12) for producing and bottling beer, comprising a brewhouse facility (01) in which wort is produced from raw materials while employing process energy, and further comprising a bottling facility (02) in which beer produced from the wort is filled into packaging containers, in particular bottles, while employing process energy, wherein in order to supply the brewhouse facility (01) with process energy a first energy supply network (16) is provided, into which process heat having a first temperature level is fed from at least one first energy generation facility (17) and is distributed by a heat transfer means to different energy consumers (14, 15) in the brewhouse facility (01), and wherein in order to supply the bottling facility (02) with process energy a second energy supply network (21) is provided, into which process heat having a second temperature level is fed from at least one second energy generation facility (22) and is distributed by a heat transfer means to
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventors: Rudolf Michel, Ludwig Scheller