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Nov. 16, 1937.
J. MCADAMS
BEER TAP ADAPTERy
Filed Sept. 26, 1935
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Patented Nov. 16, 1937
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BEER TAP ADAPTER
James McAdams, Chicago, Ill.
Application September 26, 1935, lSerial No. 42,205
3 Claims.
(Cl. 225-3)
This invention relates to means for drawing
beer from barrels, kegs or the like, and is partic
pipe 'I for supplying air orgas under pressure to
the interior of the barrel. The tap also has va
ularlyintended as an adapter or attachment to
be used in connection with beer tapsor as a part
" '5 of such taps. Taps are well known and aremade
locking nut 8 for attaching it to the barrel fitting
inra variety of forms. 'I‘hey provide means for
" admitting air or gas under pressure to the barrel
for forcing out thebeer or other liquid and also
provide means for inserting a >tube or pipe com
monly, known vasa r“tapl rod orV tube” intoV the
fbarrel .for lwithdrawing the _beer therefrom, .such
tubev ¿being usually connected ywith a pipe or hose
leading to thecooler. 'I‘he pipes or conduits lead
n ing from the beer barrel, including vthe cooling
10Vcoils, shouldbe Vfrequently,cleaned in order to
providegood clean beer. It is possible to vclean
thecoils even whenv the beer-.barrel isA under pres
sure, by shutting 01T vthe tap rod valve and dis
connecting .the„hos,e. therefrom. Consequently
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zocthisis `often .done and the tap rod `is left without
îcleaning for„indei_ini_te,„_ periods. In accordance
with the, present invention I provide means
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and is provided with a threaded portion 9 for', Y
receiving a packing washer or gasket I0 and nut:-` 6
or gland II having a handle I2 for turning the
same.
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The tap rod or tube I3 ordinarily extends
downwardly through the tap to approximately,i s
the bottom of the barrel when the tap is in oper- 10
ative position anda tight closure> or connection
is made between the upper end 9 of the tap and
the rod by vmeans of the gland _and packing I0.
In accordance with my invention I provide ~am
valve body or fitting’ I4 ,which is threaded at I5 'to‘ 15
engage with the threaded upper end 9 ¿of the> tap.
The upper end of the valve or adapter body yI4
is recessed at It to receive the packing Ill-and is
provided with a. shoulder I'I for engagement „with
the packing. The upper end yis also .threaded at~20
I8 tov receive the Vmit or. gland II as readily4 seen
whereby the tap rod or tube may be inserted into
therbarrelor withdrawn therefrom when the bar
from Figure 1. When my adapter is appliedto
theusual tapk the packing or washer >I0 .andnut
II are removed from the tapand _placed inthe
rel is under pressure, without losing the pressure
upper end of the body as shown.
or permitting the discharge of any appreciable
amount of the contents of the barrel.
The objects ofV this invention are to provide an
The tap rod I3 may then be inserted through
the valve body I4 and the tap and into the barrel
in the usual manner and the packing be tightened
in order to prevent any leakage around the rod.
improved adapter or device for accomplishing the
30 above purposes in a simple and eñicient manner;
to provide an adapter or attachment which may
be readily applied to beer taps such as are now
l in Vcommon use which may becheaply made and
which will be eñîcient in permitting the insertion
35 and Withdrawal of the tap rod without losing
pressure; to provideV a beer tap- adapter for the
purposes set forth which will have comparatively
few parts and which will have a relatively smooth
and unobstructed interior so that bacteria will
40 not be apt to collect therein andalso so that the
device may be readily cleaned or sterilized and
to provide such other advantages and improve
ments as will appear more fully hereinafter.
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In order to prevent discharge of gas or liquid A30
from the barrel, the valve body has a valve seat
I9 at the top thereof which is adapted to be en
gaged by a ball 20 when the valve rod is removed.
The ball 20 may be made of cork rubber, rubber
¿composition or any other suitable material, pref- 35
erably of a light and yielding character so that
it may be readily forced against the seat I9 by
the gas pressure.
The valve body I4 has a lateral projection 22
which forms a side chamber or recess for receiv- 40
ing the ball 20 when it is out of closing position.
Curved side rails or guides 2l serve to guide the
ball from its closing position as shown in Figure
2, to its normal or inoperativeposition as shown
in Figure 1. The projection 22 is threaded to 45
In the accompanying drawing illustrating a
commercial form of my invention,
Figure 1 is a side view showing a barrel and ' receive a plug 23 to close the opening through
tap with my adapter applied thereto, parts being which the ball or valveV 20 may be inserted and
shown in section;
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Figure 2 is a side view showing the parts in pov
G sition after the tap rod has been removed; and
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on the line
3-3 of FigureV 1.
'I‘he barrel 4 is shown with a tap 5 of any ordi
nary or preferred form of construction, this tap
5 u having the usual side connection 6 and hose or
removed as for cleaning or the like.
When the keg 4 is tapped and the tap rod I3
inserted in theusual manner the packing I0 is 50
tightened andV air or gas under pressure may be
admitted through the supply pipe or hose 1, thus
placing pressure on the contents of the barrel.
The beer or other contents of the barrel may then
be drawn 01T through the tap rod and out through 55
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the pipe 25 being controlled by the valve 24.
When it is desired to clean the tap rod or con
duits connected therewith, the packing may be
loosened and the rod withdrawn and ther-eupon
the pressure on the ball or valve 2Q will cause it
viding a recess for a valve ball said recess being
open at the outer end thereof, means for closing
the outer end of the recess, a valve seat at the
upper end of the bore through said ñtting, a valve
ball in said fitting, and integrally formed curved
to move up the guideway and engage with the
guide members for guiding the ball from its nor
seat I9, thus immediately closing the outlet of the
mal inactive position in said recess to the valve
seat when the ball is moved upwardly by gas
pressure, the arrangement being such that the
barrel and preventing the escape of gas or pres
sure. In order to insure the upward movement
10 of the ball when the rod is removed, it will be
noted that the bore through the fitting is made
but little larger than the rod so that the gas en
ball may be readily removed for cleaning or re
placement without removing the tube from the
ñtting.
tering at the bottom of the bore will immediately
strike or act upon the ball 20 to force the same
15 upwardly against the valve seat. In actual prac
tice I have found that the valve will close with
2. A device of the character set forth, compris
ing a body portion adapted to be attached to the
outlet of a barrel exteriorly thereof and having 15
an opening therethrough for permitting the in
as loW as ñve pounds pressure in the barrel even
when using balls formed of rubber or rubber com
so that the rod may pass down into the barrel in
the usual manner.
It will be readily seen that by means of my im
proved adapter or control device the tap rod may
sertion and removal of a tapping tube, said open
ing being enlarged at one side only to provide a
valve chamber, a spherical valve member mount
ed in said chamber and adapted to close said 20
opening, said chamber having a hole in the side
thereof for inserting and removing the valve
member, a closure plug for said hole, and inte
grally formed means in said body for guiding the
valve member from open position to closed posi 25
be removed and replaced at any time Without
tion.
losing pressure in the barrel or container. 'While
3. A device for the purposes set forth, com
prising a valve body formed of a single casting
having threads at one end for engagement with
position. After the rod has been cleaned it may
20 be returned and the ball will be pushed away from
the seat and into the lateral part of the chamber
I have shown a preferred and operative embodi
ment of my invention it will be noted that
30 changes may be made in the same to adapt the
device to different forms of taps or for other
conditions or purposes or th-e tap and my im
provement may be combined in one structure,
and therefore I do not Wish to be limited to the
exact construction herein shown and described
except as sp-eciñed in the following claims, in
which I claim:
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a beer tap and having a recess at the opposite 30
end, packing in said recess, a threaded gland en
gaging with threads in said recess for tighten
ing the packing, said body having a longitudinal
passageway for receiving the usual tap rod, said
passageway being slightly larger than the rod, 35
a valve seat at the upper end of the passageway,
integrally formed curved guides in said body, a
l. Means for use with a tapping tube for beer
ball valve engaging with said guides and adapted
barrels to prevent escape of gas when the tube is
withdrawn, comprising a substantially tubular
to engage with the valve seat, said body having a
ñtting having a central bore, means at one end of
said ñtting for connecting it with the barrel,
means at the opposite end of the fitting for mak
ing a tight closure between the fitting and the
tube, said ñtting having a lateral projection pro
., 45
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lateral chamber for receiving the ball valvevvhenv4
in open position and having a hole in the side
thereof for inserting and removing said ball
valve, and a plug for closing said hole.
JAMES MCADAMS.
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