US 699917 A
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' Patented May [3, I902.
H. GBUENEBAUM. BOTTLING MACHINE.
(Application filed Map. '7, 1899.)
QM gag/1471354445 UNITED STATEs-PATE T IQFFICE.
HENRY GRUENEBAUM, OF NEW YORK N. Y.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 699,917, dated May 13, 1902.
Application filed Mareh 7, 1899. Serial No. 703.15fi- N model To all whom it mag concern: as to be readily adjustable within said step- Be it known that I, HENRY GRUENEBAUM; pers. The vent-tubes 10 have their upper a citizen of the United States of America, and ends supported at about the level of the source 5 a resident of New York city, county andState of supply -to wit, the keg land preferably 5 of New York, have invented certain new and I have them connected to an overflow-tank useful Improvements in Bottling Apparatus; 11*by a series of inlet-openings 12 12, due. of which the following is a specification. These inlet -openings.should be somewhat My invention relates to beer-bottling apabove the level of the bottom of the tank 11. 6o paratus in general, and ismore specifically An additional supply-tube 14 is connected to :0 designed to produce an automatically-oper- .anoutlet 13 from the bottom of said overflowating apparatusl which can be employed to' tank 11,'and this additional'feed-tube leads to fill a number of bottles at the same time witha bottle 15. The stoppers 9 9, &c., areinserted out danger of overflowing or otherwise wast in a series of bottles16 16 &c., which are to 65 ing any portion of the beer. As the beer will be filled with thejbeer. The overflow-tank r 5 stop flowing freely when its level reaches the 11 may be supported in any convenient manend of extension the adjustment of such ner, but I prefer to support it by means of a extension will regulate theextent to which chain or strap 17, passing. around the air:
the bottle is to be filled. inlet 2. 70
The preferred form of apparatus embody- The method of operation of my invention 20 ing my invention is illustrated in the accomis as follows: The air-inlet 2 and the faucet panying sheet of drawings, in which- 3 being driven into the keg-openings,- the Figure 1 is a perspective view of the appastoppers 9 9, &c., are inserted in a vrow of ratus; Fig. 2 is a detail sectional view showbottles 16 16 &c., andthe additional feed- 7 5 ing the bottle-stopper with feed and vent tube leisinsertedin the bottle 15. The valves tubes passing th'erethrough; 6 6 are then. opened and beer flowsdown Throughout the drawingslike refercncafigthrough the feed-tubes 8 8 into the bottles ures refer to like parts. i 16 16 The air in said bottles passes out The beer-keg 1 has the ordinaryair-inlet through the vent-tubes 10 and permits afree 8o 2, constructed with an inwardly opening fiow of liquid through the feed-tubes. When 0 valve, so that when theapparatus is driven the level of the fluid-in the bottles has risen into the bung of the keg none of the contained to the mouth of the extension 10 of the ventgas can escape, butwhich allows air to outer tube, the free flow of beer will be checked and permit the free flow of beerfrom the keg and a further slow fioW will force beer up 85 whenever the pressure within the keg beinto the vent-tubes 10. The vent-tube and comes less than the. pressure of the atmosfeed-tube should then be seized together at phere; A combination-faucet 3 has a single about the point 18 between the thumb and inlet-tube 4, which is driven into the outletforefinger of the operator and withdrawn openin gin thehead of theke'g by pounding the from the filled bottle and inserted in an empty 0 solid projection 7 with a mallet or other conbottle. Thus by practically one motion the 4b venient tool; This'projection 7 isin fine operatorchecks the free flow of beer-through with the inlet-tube 4. The'faucet has a pluthe feed-tube or itsrunningout of th'e'ventrality of discharge-openingso 5, &c., which tube, if any is containedith'erein,Iwitlidraws are preferably controlled by their valves 6 the stopper, andinserts itinthe emptybottle 5 6, the. A plurality of feed-tubes 8 8, &c., without the manipulation of valves or other are connected to the discharge-openings 5 5, complicated apparatus. Erequent'repeti- &c., and lead to a series of bottle-stoppers 9, tion of this operation or:delay-i n-removing through which the feed-tubes pass. A pluthe stopper. from .the filledj bottle may accurality of vent-tubes 10, of relatively much mulate enough beer in the vent-tube 10 to fill IOO smaller diameter than the feed-tubes, also the same; but even this will not be lost, as, extend through the bottle-stoppers 9. Prefthe most that can happen will be the forcing erably a metallic extension 10 of said ventof this fluid by the upwardly-passing air into e extends through the bottle-stoppers,- so the overflow-tank 11, and the beer so accumulating in this tank will run out of the tube 14 to the bottle 15. The inlets to the tank 11 from the vent-tubes are placed above the level of the bottom of the tank, so that the discharged beer will never accumulate a suilicient quantity to cover said inlets, and thus by keeping the vent-tubes full of beer partially interfere with the free discharge of the air from the bottles which are being filled. When the keg is empty, the apparatus is transferred to another keg.
The advantages of myinvention reside, first,-
in the fact that there can be no loss of beer even if the operator should go away and leave the apparatus; second, in the simplicity of it, there being no valves to operate; third, in the consequentrapidity of operation, one man being able to keep the machine operating 011 a large number of bottles at the same time. The certainty of operation of my invention, moreover, is such that an inexperienced person can use it with as little waste of beer as an expert.
It is evident, of con rse, that various changes could be made in the details of construction shown Without departing from the spirit and scope of my invention so long as the relative arrangement of parts shown in the drawings or the principle of operation described in the specification is retained. Other forms of overflow-tanks, faucets, and stoppers might be substituted, &e.; but these I regard as mere changes in form, and the resultant apparatus would still be within the scope of my invention.
Having therefore described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to protect by Letters Patent, is-
1. In a bottling apparatus the combination of the keg-faucet, the free flexible feed-tube connected to said faucet, the bottle-stopper through which the lower end of said feed-tube passes, the free flexible vent-tube also passing through said stopper and of approximately equal length with the feed-tube, and means for supporting the upper end of said vent-tube at or about the level of the faucet, said upper end of said vent-tube being open to the atmosphere,together with the overfiot tank having a connection with the vent-tube above the level of the bottom of said tank.
2. In a bottling apparatus the combination of the keg-faucet, the free flexible feed-tube connected to said faucet, the bottle-stopper through which the lower end of said feedtube passes, the free flexible vent-tube also passing through said stopper and of approximately equal length with the feed-tube, and means for supporting the upper end of said vent-tube at or about the level of the faucet, said upper end of said vent-tube being open to the atmosphere, together with the overflow-tank having a connection with the venttube above the level of the bottom of the tank, and the additional feed-tube connected to the lowest part of said overflow-tank.
3. In a bottling apparatus, the combination of the keg and faucet therefor, the free flexible feed-tube connected to said faucet, the bottle-stopper through which the lower end of said feed-tube passes, the free flexible vent-tube also passing through said stopper, and of approximately equal length with the feed-tube, and means for supporting the upper end of said vent-tube at or about the level of the faucet, said upper end of said vent-' tube being open to the atmosphere, together :with the overflow-tank supported on the keg and having a connection with the vent-tube above the level of the bottom of said tank.
Signed by me at New York city, county of New York, this 1st day of March, 1899.
HENRY GRUENEBAUM. \Vitnesses:
A. PARKER-SMITH, LILIAN Fos'rER.