Post-primary-alcoholic Fermentation Operations Patents (Class 99/277)
  • Patent number: 10975343
    Abstract: A beverage maker including a hinge shaft, a fermentation tank having a space therein and configured to rotatably support the hinge shaft, a fermentation lid connected to the hinge shaft through a bracket and rotating about the hinge shaft to open and close the space, and at least one tube through which a fluid passes, wherein a hinge shaft accommodating space accommodating the at least one tube is defined inside the hinge shaft, and at least one hinge shaft hole through which the at least one tube extends to the outside of the hinge shaft space is defined in the hinge shaft to minimize damage or contamination of the at least one tube and allow the at least one tube to be minimally visible when the fermentation lid is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinpyo Hong, Daewoong Lee
  • Publication number: 20150122130
    Abstract: An automated drink preparation apparatus that is operable to assist in the preparation of mixed drinks such as but not limited to cocktails. The automated drink preparation apparatus further includes a housing having an interior volume. Operably coupled to the housing is a drink glass conveyor system that is operable to transport drink glasses disposed thereon. Disposed within the interior volume of the housing is a plumbing system containing a plurality of storage vessels, a delivery tube network and a mixing assembly. The mixing assembly further includes a mixing chamber and a multi-port solenoid valve. Mounted to the exterior of the housing is a display screen providing access to the operating software of the automated drink preparation apparatus. An age verification module is mounted to the housing and is operable to facilitate commencement of a self-service mode. A remote interface is further included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Nicholas Wunder
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8978546
    Abstract: This invention provides a device for preserving and dispensing a beverage, having: (a) a housing including one or more compartments, each compartment for storing a beverage container; and (b) one or more dispensing head removably connected to a cartridge, wherein said dispensing head having an aerator for aerating said beverage, wherein said cartridge removably and securely holds a beverage container, wherein said beverage flows from said container to said dispensing head by the force of a pump connected to said cartridge. In one embodiment, the beverage is wine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Electrical & Electronics Ltd
    Inventors: Andrew Yuen Chin Chen, Amy Decem Cheng, Dick Tak Fung Leung, Paul Cheuk Wai Lai, Raymond Wai Ming Wong
  • Publication number: 20140335242
    Abstract: Disclosed are an automatic cocktail machine and an automatic cocktail making method. Water, a carbonic acid gas cylinder and a plurality of cocktail materials are inputted. After a user's cocktail request is received, the cocktail request is compared with a list to determine the requested cocktail and read the cocktail recipe correspondingly. A bartending module is provided for adjusting and mixing water and the carbonic acid gas according to the cocktail recipe to form a carbonated water, and adjusted to a recipe temperature. An output module is provided for mixing an appropriate quantity of cocktail materials with the carbonic acid gas cylinder to output the cocktail. With this simple and convenient automatic cocktail machine, the users can get various cocktails quickly and enjoy different delicious cocktails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: HSIANG-CHI HUANG
  • 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: 20140079867
    Abstract: A system for making a personalized malt-based beverage may comprise at least one packaged base liquid and at least one separately packaged flavor ingredient. The at least one packaged base liquid may comprise at least about 0.1% wt ethyl alcohol, at least about 3% wt malt extract solids, and a carbon dioxide level between about zero grams per liter and about 1.5 grams per liter. The separately packaged flavor ingredient may comprise a dry ingredient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: ANHEUSER-BUSCH, LLC
    Inventor: Anheuser-Busch, LLC
  • 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: 20120000368
    Abstract: A method of introducing a false bottom comprising several false bottom elements into a lauter tun container, as well as a corresponding lauter tun, where, to introduce the false bottom or the false bottom elements, a false bottom introduction opening is provided in the lauter tun bottom through which the false bottom elements are introduced into the lauter tun container from the bottom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Peter Deuter
  • Publication number: 20110268856
    Abstract: A method for maturing a wine contained in a container having a gaseous phase referred to as the sky mounted thereon, the container including elements for injecting a gaseous phase into the wine or a liquid phase and a circuit which extends from at least one sampling point at sky level to the injection elements in the liquid phase, and an element for the forced circulation of the gaseous phase between the sampling point and the injection elements. The method includes feeding an inert gas into the container to reduce the residual oxygen level in the sky, recirculating the gaseous phase of the sky via the forced circulation element through the liquid phase to establish a forced balance between the gaseous and liquid phases in the container, feeding oxygen into the container, and recirculating the gaseous phase of the sky via the forced circulation element through the liquid phase to retain a substantially constant residual oxygen level in the sky.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Paetzold
  • Publication number: 20100323059
    Abstract: The specification discloses brewing apparatus and a method for testing for end of fermentation of a fermenting brew. It has been determined that, once fermentation is complete, the temperature of a brew (such as beer) shows a tendency to stratify in horizontal layers. However, the activity of fermentation disrupts the tendency of the brew to stratify. Accordingly, the brewing apparatus comprises at least two temperature sensors positioned to measure a temperature difference between the temperature at a first height of the brew and the temperature at a second height of the brew. End of fermentation is identified if the temperature difference is greater than a threshold difference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: COOPERS BREWERY LIMITED
    Inventor: Allan K. Wallace
  • Patent number: 7810425
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method apparatus and system for processing grains, sugars, carbohydrates and oilseeds. Specifically, the present invention includes a method and apparatus for fermenting carbohydrates from grains to produce ethanol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Kessler
  • Publication number: 20100162896
    Abstract: The present inventions are characterized by providing a processing device, processing method and saccharifying method for extrusion cooked beer adjunct so that the saccharification and filtration of mash for the extrusion cooked beer adjunct may be carried out smoothly in the actual production for brewing beer. As compared with the double-mash saccharifying method (including the saccharifying method with additional enzymes) applied currently now, it may omit the mash cooking procedure and the cooking kettle and put the malt grist and the grist of extrusion cooked beer adjunct together into water in the brew kettle or the grist of extrusion cooked beer adjunct, malt grist and water are together put into the brew kettle to carry out the saccharifying. The single-mash saccharifying method of this invention may reduce the energy consumption, decrease the cost of beer production, increase the recoverable ratio of wort extract and raise the beer output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventor: Dechao SHEN
  • Patent number: 7735412
    Abstract: A commercial multiple barrel beer brewing apparatus includes a brew kettle at a first location; a hopped wort holding vessel; a chiller for chilling the hopped wort stored in the holding vessel to a temperature range of approximately 29° F. to 40° F.; a transportation vessel on a vehicle to transport chilled hopped wort to a brew pub; a first conduit between the chilled hopped wort holding vessel and the transportation vessel; a fermentation vessel located a brew pub; and a second conduit between the transportation vessel and the fermentation vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Granite City Food and Brewery, Ltd.
    Inventor: William E. Burdick
  • Patent number: 7685715
    Abstract: A method for modifying the processing capabilities of a container. The method includes providing a container that defines a cavity and comprises a wall. The wall defines at least a portion of the cavity and has thermal energy transfer characteristics. At least one of the thermal energy transfer characteristics comprises a first value. Changing the first value of the one thermal energy transfer characteristic to a second value for at least a first portion of the wall, the second value being different from the first value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: KILR-CHILR, LLC
    Inventor: David D. Rule
  • Publication number: 20090274793
    Abstract: In a method of making wine comprising fermenting a mixture in a main batch container to produce wine and transferring the wine from the main batch container to a plurality of bottles, at least a portion of the wine is exposed to a vacuum pressure during the wine making process prior to bottling. The wine is thus degassed without the stress of agitation or filtering being required. The wine is also transferable either for racking to remove sediment or when bottling in a manner which reduces sediment uptake into the siphon tubes and which reduces stress from agitations applied to the wine using vacuum pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventor: Daryl Stephan Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20090183638
    Abstract: A wooden bottle of suitable size for sale in stores and with interior walls flame treated, is filled directly with liquor to be aged and subsequently marketed at retail, thus eliminating the need for barrels and glass bottles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventor: Sastry K. Ganti
  • Patent number: 7478583
    Abstract: A draught beverage (170) which may be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, for example a lager or cider in an open-topped drinking vessel or glass (172). The beverage comprises a water content and dissolved gas content. The draught beverage is dispensed from a font at a cooled temperature below the freezing point of water at ambient atmospheric pressure. The dispense temperature may be in the range of ?1° C. to ?12° C. The beverage in the glass may or may not be subjected to external excitement energy, for example ultra-sound, to encourage formation of nucleation sites in the beverage. Either way dissolved gas bubbles out of the beverage causing occurrence of nucleation sites at which ice (188A, 188B) from the water content forms. At least in part the ice has a slushy character. A head (174) also forms on the dispensed draught beverage and below the head the ice (188A, 188B) locates and develops downwards into the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Coors EMEA Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Daniel Scullion, Peter Thomas Foster, Stephen Paul Smith
  • Patent number: 7416642
    Abstract: A system for cooling a heated juice by partial low-pressure evaporation, the system includes a vat with at least two compartments that are connected to each other through a variably positioned shutter element, where the juice is subjected to decreasing pressure reductions within the vat and the movement of the variably positioned shutter element creates a pulsed effect that removes solid particles contained in the juice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Centre National de la Recherche Scientific (CNRS)
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Nadeau, Dominique Cadiot, Patrick Sebastian, David Callede
  • Publication number: 20080175951
    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: January 23, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: David D. Rule
  • Publication number: 20080148951
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fluid-pumping system comprising at least two interconnected containers (1,2) and extraction and pumping means (5) for transferring the fluid content, in the form of water or air, from one container to another in a uniform manner. In addition, each of the containers (1,2) is equipped with an elastic membrane (3,4) which divides same into chambers (1a, 1b) and (2a, 2b). The wine product is kept separate form the water or air in each of the chambers, such that as one chamber (1a or 2a) in a container is being filled with a fluid in the form of water o air, one of the chambers (2a or 1a) in the other container is being emptied until a point at which the process is reversed, said exchange taking place in a uniform, continuous manner without interruption in the manner of a closed circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Valentin Alvarez Velazquez
  • Patent number: 7353750
    Abstract: A sprinkling device, particularly for processes for making wine from red grapes, which can be associated with a fermentation and/or storage tank in order to recirculate the wine must that is being fermented from the base region to the top region of the fermentation tank and to sprinkle the recirculated wine must in a stream into the top region of the fermentation tank, comprises: an auxiliary tank which can be fitted in a hatch or similar top opening of a main tank and which is provided with means for fixing to the hatch, first discharge means for the discharge of the wine must supplied to the auxiliary tank from the main tank, which means comprise a base opening of the auxiliary tank and a closure member which is movable between a closure position and an open position in order to produce a first sprinkling stream of the recirculated wine must, and second discharge means for the discharge of the wine must, which means are associated with the closure member and can discharge the wine must by means of a second
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Gimar Tecno S.R.L.
    Inventor: Marco Francia
  • Publication number: 20070283814
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for conditioning mash product in a conditioning vessel by mixing steam and water together using an injector housing located above the conditioning vessel. The steam-water mixture is added to a mash product within the conditioning vessel so that the mash product is brought to an optimal temperature and moisture content for making pellets from the mash. Steam is supplied to the injector housing and water is mixed with the steam by a spray nozzle located inside the injector housing. The water can be preheated by the steam outside the injector housing prior to mixing with the steam. The amount of steam supplied and the amount of water preheating can be regulated as a function of weather conditions and the starting temperature and moisture content of the mash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Applicant: CPM Acquisition Corporation
    Inventor: Kelsey C. Thom
  • Patent number: 7299745
    Abstract: A juice press as used in the production of wine for removing liquids from solids, having a horizontally positionable press frame that allows a vertical press mechanism to be rolled to a first position for interference-free loading of a press basket with material to be pressed, and then rolled to a second operating position located over the press basket. The press basket has a liquid channeling plate having an arrangement of holes and channels that creates a perimeter seal along a circumference at the bottom of a loaded press basket. The liquid channeling plate traps naturally occurring sludge along the circumference bottom and allows for efficient evacuation of extracted juice from the bottom of the basket as the press mechanism is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: American Basket Press Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Ned Nelson, Ross Mickel
  • Patent number: 7231868
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for wine pomace extraction from wine processing tanks in a manner so as to minimize maceration of the wine pomace so as not to taint wine entrained within the pomace. In the present invention, wine pomace is mechanically transported out the processing tank by a conveyor means. Wine pomace is guided into the collecting path of the conveyor means by a mechanical sweeper attached to the conveyor means. In a preferred embodiment, a conveyor with sweeper wing attachments is mounted on a portable cart. The invention is positioned into the processing tank through an entry portal and secured to a tank containing pomace. The conveyor transports pomace to a receiver bin until the majority of pomace is extracted. Sweeper wings are deployed to guide remaining pomace into the collecting path of the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: David L. Soberanis
  • Patent number: 7228789
    Abstract: A beverage container for a carbonated beverage includes a floating hollow insert (1) comprising an upper moulding (2) and a lower moulding (3) defining a chamber for containing gas, a first one-way duck-bill type valve (4) integrally formed with the upper moulding (2) at the bottom of a down pipe (6) and arranged to allow gas to enter the chamber and a second duckbill valve (5) integrally formed with the lower moulding (3) and arranged to allow gas to exit the chamber and be jetted into the beverage upon opening the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignees: Whitbread PLC, Lawson Marden Packaging UK Limited, Heineken Technical Services BV
    Inventors: Karl Mondszein, Mark Philip Radford, Sian Bronwyn Gastall
  • Patent number: 7107894
    Abstract: The present invention is a device to magnetically treat beverages by fastening to a beverage container. The present invention is preferably a magnetic fastener constructed and arranged to be attached to the neck of a wine bottle. The magnetic fastener comprises two semi-cylindrical halves, a spring mechanism connecting the semi-cylindrical halves and a plurality of magnets. Each semi-cylindrical half may preferably have a fastening end and a grasping end, wherein each fastening end may contain three columns of magnets which may preferably be substantially evenly spaced in the fastening end of the semi-cylindrical half. The magnets may preferably be aligned so that the polarity runs through the device, wherein the north pole is located at one end and south pole is located at the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventors: Andrew S. Janczak, Anthony R. Mantella
  • Patent number: 6871579
    Abstract: The invention relates to the food industry. In order to reduce sales expenses and preserve the taste of beer, the inventive device is provided by i-number communication units, necessary for operational connection and disconnection of i-number units for after-fermentation, and each of i-number units for after-fermentation is embodied in such a way so that it is transportable, thermally insulated, hermetic, protected from deposited yeast mixing with non-filtrated beer while transportation and can be connected to a cooling system, arranged at a point of sale and/or dispense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Inventors: Evgeny Konstantinovich Belkin, Andrei Arkadievich Peshkin, Vladimir Gennadievich Matveev, Leonid Mikhailovich Prikhozhan, Yury Vasilievich Artamonov
  • Publication number: 20040226451
    Abstract: A substantially cylindrical wine tank is adapted for direct transfer of fermented must to a press or other vessel by providing fork lift skids below the tank and vertical planar sides for receiving a fork lift apparatus modified for lifting and dumping rectangular fruit bins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventor: Christopher Diaz
  • Patent number: 6814992
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring a liquid undergoing anaerobic fermentation in a vessel is disclosed. The apparatus comprises an airlock containing a fluid for sealing the vessel and an electrical circuit operatively arranged to pass a current through the fluid to detect passage of bubbles through the airlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventors: Andre J. Pazik, Daniel C. Kornacki
  • Publication number: 20040163544
    Abstract: A sprinkler for a fermenting system comprises a nozzle having an inlet opening and an outlet opening with a support arm having a first end attached to the nozzle. The support arm is shaped in a fashion to position a second end of the support arm substantially centered below the outlet opening of the nozzle. A plurality of vanes form a vane structure which is rotatably attached to the second end of the support arm. It has an axis of rotation through the center of the inlet opening and outlet opening. A conical shaped structure is attached to the center of the top planar surface of the vane structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: Anthony L. Pratt
  • Patent number: 6748849
    Abstract: Iso-&agr;-acids and reduced iso-&agr;-acids in their free acids states are converted into mobile resins by the addition of concentrated solutions of alkali metal hydroxides. The products may be used in brewing for the bittering of beer and are most effectively used in an apparatus that automatically blends the product with water and injects the resultant, aqueous solution into beer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: S.S. Steiner, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. H. Wilson, Robert J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20040094038
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a filter candle for a precoated filter for filtering and/or stabilizing fluids, especially beer, the filter candle comprising a tubular filter body that is formed from a spirally wound wire, with gaps being provided between the wire windings as fluid passages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: Adolf Hahn, Friedrich Banke, Rudolf Flossmann, Harald Gratzer
  • Patent number: 6715404
    Abstract: A sprinkler for a fermenting system comprises a nozzle having an inlet opening and an outlet opening with a support arm having a first end attached to the nozzle. The support arm is shaped in a fashion to position a second end of the support arm substantially centered below the outlet opening of the nozzle. A plurality of vanes form a vane structure which is rotatably attached to the second end of the support arm. It has an axis of rotation through the center of the inlet opening and outlet opening. A conical shaped structure is attached to the center of the top planar surface of the vane structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: Anthony L. Pratt
  • Publication number: 20030233944
    Abstract: A wine or beverage flavouring or ageing plate is disclosed. The plate consists of oak planks (2) held against a ridged backing plate (3) to form a liquid seal around its perimeter with the aid of a pliable gasket (5) and between each plank by pressure from springs (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Inventor: Richard John Sugden
  • Publication number: 20030233945
    Abstract: This invention is a self-emptying tank for processing fluids having included solids, such as stainless steel tanks in wineries. The tank has a shell section having a lower end that is fixedly joined to the top perimeter of the tank's bottom section, at a non-horizontal junction. Preferably, the shell section is nominally a right circular vertical cylinder having front and back faces, the front face being vertically longer than the back face, which increases the cylindrically-shaped area available at the front of the tank for instruments and other ancillary devices. The formed junction between the shell section and the bottom section slopes downward from the back face to the front face of the shell section. At the bottom front of the bottom section of the tank is an outlet portion surrounding an outlet aperture, which provide a vertical, or close to vertical outlet from the tank that is preferably on the same or close to the same vertical plane with the front face of the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Inventor: Aaron Daniel
  • Publication number: 20030194302
    Abstract: A container apparatus and method for handling fruit must (M). The apparatus (1) includes a rigid support structure (2) and, a flexible container (7) for holding a quantity of fruit must (M). The holding container (7) supported by the support structure (2) when holding the must (M). The holding container (7) has at least one opening (12) through which at least juice of the must (M), or wine, is removed. During fruit must (M) the holding container (7) is positioned in the support structure (2) and a quantity of fruit must (M) poured into the container (7). At least juice of the must (M), or wine, is removed through the opening (12). A flexible bag container (7) for use in the apparatus and method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventor: Andrew James Hickinbotham
  • Patent number: 6629490
    Abstract: Smart brewery equipment mainly comprises a frame, at least a storing barrel, a ferment tun and a distilling barrel, where the ferment tun has a ferment cask with a filter and a compression apparatus. The compression apparatus is employed to secure air seal between the top lid and the ferment cask to ensure the successful process of fermentation. The distilling barrel constitutes a distilling cask, a compression apparatus and a cooling piping. The compression apparatus is designed to ensure the air seal between the top lid and the distilling cask. The top lid has a space inside to receive the cooling piping which cools down the steam wine into the finished wine, which flows out, to the storing barrel ready for drinking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Inventors: Shun-Tsung Lu, Ta-Wei Lu
  • Patent number: 6561078
    Abstract: A device for separating and removing kraeusen from fermenting beer. The device includes a pan having a circular bottom wall with a peripheral side wall extending upwardly therefrom. In the center of the bottom wall is a cone-shaped recess that serves as a well for the collection of particulate matter falling from suspension in kraeusen. Extending upwardly from the bottom of the recess to a height approaching that of the side wall is a tubular passageway for the upward passage of kraeusen into the pan. The recess may be covered with a screen or perforated plate upon which particulate matter can collect. An aperture is provided in the tubular passageway at the top of the recess to permit any beer carried by kraeusen into the pan to drain from the pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Mark J. Hughes
  • Patent number: 6490965
    Abstract: An airlock assembly for allowing fermentation gasses to escape from a sealed fermentation vessel and preventing ambient gasses from entering the fermentation vessel and including a structure for producing electrical signals that can be used to detect said escape of fermentation gasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Glenn Moreland
  • Publication number: 20020104441
    Abstract: An infusion group for infusion making machines, in particular for making espresso coffee, comprises a moving member (2) that has an internal cavity (3) adapted to receive a dose of powdered substance and that can be horizontally translated. The chamber co-operates with a piston (4) that can be horizontally translated and with a stationary piston (5), and the dose of powdered substance can be compressed between such pistons because of the translation. The moving member (2) and the moving piston (4) are simultaneously translated in opposite directions by respective threaded shafts (8, 18) that are simultaneously rotated in opposite directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventors: George Sowden, Vittorio Bonissi, Armando Fogagnolo
  • Publication number: 20020018840
    Abstract: Iso-&agr;-acids and reduced iso-&agr;-acids in their free acids states are converted into mobile resins by the addition of concentrated solutions of alkali metal hydroxides. The products may be used in brewing for the bittering of beer and are most effectively used in an apparatus that automatically blends the product with water and injects the resultant, aqueous solution into beer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Publication date: February 14, 2002
    Applicant: S.S. Steiner, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J.H. Wilson, Robert J. Smith
  • Patent number: 6336394
    Abstract: A device for the feeding of mash into a lauter tun is provided with a mash pump, a main pipe (12) which is connected to the mash pump and at least two partial stream pipes (6) which connect the main pipe (12) to a feed opening (19) in the lauter tun (2) in each case. When the mash pump is in operation, mash is fed from a mash container into the lauter tun (2) via the main pipe (12) and the partial stream pipes (6). To enable the mash to flow into the lauter tun (2) in as uniform a manner as possible a buffer vessel (22) is arranged between the main pipe (12) and the partial stream pipes (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Hrch. Huppmann GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Herrmann, Franz Asbeck, August Lenz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6279457
    Abstract: A fermentation tank particularly for plants for making red wine is described and comprises a main tank for holding the must, an upper tank disposed above the main tank, apparatus for periodically supplying a portion of the must from the bottom of the main tank to the upper tank, valve apparatus defining, with the base of the upper tank, an out-flow aperture the size of which is variable between a closed position and a fully-open position and which can discharge the must from the upper tank to the main tank so as to spray the layer of marc floating on the must held in the main tank, and actuator apparatus associated with the valve apparatus for the opening and closure thereof; the actuator apparatus comprise an electromagnetically operated actuator, a control and operating unit optionally being provided and arranged to define, by way of the actuator apparatus, the position of the valve apparatus and/or the rules governing the opening/closure movement thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Gimar Tecno S.R.L.
    Inventor: Marco Francia
  • Patent number: 6125736
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fermenter consisting of a vat provided internally with a diaphragm designed to retain the gas bubbles produced by fermentation and release them when they have reached a large size. The diaphragm consists of a concave surface underneath which the rising bubbles are temporarily collected and continue to rise as soon as they flow out from the diaphragm full of gas. In this way the small bubbles which rise up combine together to form others which are larger and able to create strong currents which continuously remix the floating marc and in this way make it possible to avoid or, at least greatly limit, solidification of the cap, keeping it constantly fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Castle Commercial Enterprises Limited
    Inventor: Francesco Marin
  • Patent number: 5970846
    Abstract: A buoyant brewery installation, in particular a small-sized brewery installation mounted on a buoyant body, wherein a water conditioner, brewery apparatus, the tanks for fermentation and storing and other items necessary to produce beer are completely arranged on the buoyant body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Wolfgang Roehr
    Inventor: Wolfgang Roehr
  • Patent number: 5950524
    Abstract: An airlock assembly for allowing fermentation gasses to escape from a sealed fermentation vessel and preventing ambient gasses from entering the fermentation vessel and including structure for supporting an activated charcoal filter, or other filter medium, for absorbing organic by-product gasses of the fermentation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventors: Christopher J. Reitz, James Robert Leverentz
  • Patent number: 5778762
    Abstract: A lauter tun comprising a plurality of lauter pipes which are arranged with their openings in the bottom portion of the lauter tun in evenly distributed fashion over the bottom surface, which end in a collecting vessel positioned at a lower level than the bottom of the lauter tun and are led therefrom to a buffer vessel the level of which is controlled and which is connected via a compensating duct to the air chamber of the lauter tun. All of the lauter pipes end in a joint chamber of the collecting vessel which is connected via a single connection duct to the buffer vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Anton Steinecker Maschinenfabrik GmbH
    Inventors: Kurt Stippler, Klaus-Karl Wasmuht
  • Patent number: 5656180
    Abstract: A process for the obtention of must from bunches of grapes, comprising at least one phase of centrifugation of the said bunch, capable of bringing about separation of the must from the pomace prior to subjecting the must to fermentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: Nuova M.A.I.P. Macchine Agricole Industriali Pieralisi S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gennaro Pieralisi
  • Patent number: 5543087
    Abstract: A multi-function fluid treatment system which can filter liquids or diffuse gases into liquids. To achieve filtration, the system includes a housing with multiple, closely-spaced filter cartridges therein. The cartridges are connected to a drive system which rotates them in unison. Fluids to be filtered enter the housing and surround the rotating cartridges. Cartridge rotation scrubs solids from the cartridges and promotes fluid flow into the cartridges. Filtered fluids collected within the cartridges thereafter exit the system. To achieve gas diffusion, the housing is filled with a selected liquid. During cartridge rotation as discussed above, a gas is introduced into the interior of each cartridge which is constructed of a porous material. The gas diffuses outwardly during cartridge rotation, causing substantial mixing of the gas and fluid, with gas diffusion into the fluid. Cartridge rotation also prevents solids from accumulating thereon to achieve maximum gas delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventors: Sun Y. Lee, Edward R. Lappin, Joseph A. Shaffer