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Oct. 25, 1938.
2,134,205
H. w. RIBBLE
TAPPING APPARATUS ‘
Filed April 24, 1937
INVENTOR
HARRY W. RIBBLE.
BY
I
ATTORNEYVS'.
Patented Oct. 25, 1938
2,134,205 -
UNITED STATES. “PATENT.
OFFICE _
2.134.205
'I‘APPING arranarus
Barry W. kibble, Niles Center, 111., minor. by
mesne
ents, to Rapids Equipment Co.
Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a corporation of Iowa.
Application April 24, 1937, Serial No. 138.678
'
7 Claims.
The invention relates to apparatus for draw
ing beer or other carbonated beverages from bar
rels or other containers.
More particularly the invention relates to a
5 tapping apparatus of the type wherein the tap
ping member is provided with means restricting
the ?ow of the beverage from the keg or barrel to
such an extent that the beer will flow from the
faucet at the end of the tap member without un
iO due foaming and at or slightly above atmospheric
pressure even though the pressure in the barrel
is considerably above atmosphere and usually
kept at about ?ve to ?fteen pounds per square
inch gauge. The main object of the invention
15 is to provide a tapping apparatus of the type
above described with a member forming a re
movable restriction in- the tapping member so
(Cl. 138-44),
The tap rod 6/, is threaded ‘at its upper end to
take an elbow ?tting ill with which any suitable
faucet ll having a shut off valve I2 may be con
nected. Thelower end of the rod 6 is threaded .
to take the threaded end of the tip l3 whose lower ‘
end has an annular bevel H in which a plurality /
of relatively small holes l5 normal to said beveled
surface are drilled. These holes act as a strainer
to prevent anyxlarge particles of foreign matter .
getting into the tap rod, and their inclination 10
helps to direct the beer into the tap rod without
producing undue turbulence. ,
-
For restricting the ?ow of beverage through a
portion of the tap rod I provideta restricting
member or plug i 6 which isprovided with reduced 15
extensions I1 and I8 for removably mounting
that the interior of said tapping member and the said member in said rod. These extensions are
in the form ‘of rods in threaded engagement with
restricting member may be readily cleaned. Fur
20 thermore, the present invention simpli?es the ' the ends of the member IS, the member l‘I hav
construction of the tapping apparatus, is more ing its upper end mounted in a. centering recess go
sanitary as there is no chance for leaks between ' I! in the ?tting ill and the member l8 extend
ing down to and resting on the tip l3 which may
the inside parts of the apparatus, and the re
stricting member is adaptable to all lengths of also have a centering recess though I prefer to
25 tap rods to ?t ‘the di?erent sizes of containers use two pins 20 mounted in the lower end of the
member I 8 and extending at right angles to each 25
with which said rods are used.
A further object of the invention is to provide other for centering this end of the plug. The “
rods I1 and It may be of such length as to posi
an improved form of tip for the tapping'rod.
The invention further consists in the several tion the plug it at either the top or the bottom
portion or intermediate the ends of the tap, rod.
30 features hereinafter set forth and more particu
The
plugis of a diameter to materially reduce the 30
larly de?ned by claims at the conclusion hereof.
cross-section of the channel’of the rod through a
In the drawing: Fig. 1 is an elevation view of anapparatus em
portion of its length, and in the case of a tap
bodying the invention showing it in operating rod of about one-half inch inside diameter, the
35 position, parts of the barrel being broken away outside diameter of the plug may be about seven
sixteenths of an inch. ~ This restriction throttles 35
and parts being shown in section:
.
Fig. 2 is an elevation view of the tapping mem- ' the flow of beverage to such. an extent that when
ber, parts being broken away and parts being
shown in section;
40
,
Fig. 3_ is a detailed section taken on the line 3-3
of Fig. 2;
-
Fig. 4 is a bottom plan view of the tapping
member as viewed from the line 4-4 of Fig. 2.
In the drawing, the numeral 5 designates a bar
45 rel, keg, or other suitable container for the‘ beer
or other beverage to be dispensed and 6 a stand
‘ ard ?ve-eighths or one-half inch diameter tap
rod adapted to be mounted in and connected with
the container by any suitable so-called Peerless
50 ?tting 1 which includes a pipe section I surround
Y _ ing the tap rod for a portion of its length and
having the usual pipe connection 9 for conduct
ing air or gas under pressure to the barrel so that
the gas pressure in the barrel may be maintained
was the beer is withdrawn.
the faucet isaopened the beer will ?ow therefrom
without much foaming. Removal of the tip l3
permits the plug being dropped out for cleaning
it and the interior of the tap rod, and thus the ‘0
parts may be kept in a very sanitary condition.
The exposed end of the tap rod above the ?tting
‘I may be heat insulated by a sleeve 2| of sponge
rubber or other suitable insulating material.
I desire it to be understood that this invention - 45
is not to be limited to any speci?c form or ar
rangement of parts except inv so far as such limi
tations are included in the claims.
What I claim as my invention is:‘
,
1.- A tap rod for conducting a beverage from a 50
container comprising a hollow rod adapted to be
inserted into said container and having a uni
form internal diameter for a substantial portion
of its length, a member of substantially uniform
diameter
within said portion of said hol
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low rod and materially restricting the ?ow or
, beverage through said rod, and means for ?xedly
supporting said member within said portion of
said rod, said means providing for removal oi
said member through one end of said rod.
2. A tap rod for conducting a beverage from a
container under a substantial pressure, com
prising a hollow rod of su?lcient length to extend
to a point adjacent the bottom of said container
10 when inserted through the top thereof, said rod
having a substantially uniform internal diameter
throughout its length, a plug member of uniform
diameter less than said internal diameter of said
rod disposed in said rod adjacent one end thereof
15 for materially restricting the flow of beverage
through said rod, and means for ?xedly mounting
and centering said plug member in said rod, said/
means providing for removal of said plug mem
ber through one end of said rod.
3. In a device of the character described, the
combination with a hollow tap rod having a
removable tip, of a member disposed in said rod
to materially restrict the ?ow therethrough for a
portion of its length, said member having end
portions of reduced diameter engaging the upper
end portion of said rod and said tip, said member
being bodily removable from said rod on. the re
moval of said tip.
.
i
4. In a device of the character described, the
combination with a hollow cylindrical tap rod
having a removable tip, 01 a cylindrical member
disposed in said rod to materially restrict the
?ow therethrough for a’portion of its length,
‘ rods of reduced-diameter secured to the ends of
said member, 0one of said last named rods being
centered in the upper end of said tap rod, the
other of said last named rods engageable with
said tip, and means at the lower end 01 said
cylindrical member to center the same relative to
said tap rod.
' 5. In a device 01 the character described, the
combination with a hollow tap rod having a re
movable end portion, of a member disposed in
said rod for materially restricting the ?ow there
through for a portion 0! its length, said member
having end portions of reduced cross section re
. spectively engaging the end portions oi said rod
to support said member, said member being bod 10
ily removable from said rod upon removal of said
removable end portion. _
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6. In a device oi the, character described, the
combination with a hollow tap rod having a re
movable tip, of a member disposed in said rod 16
for materially restricting the ?ow therethrough
for a portion of its length, means for supporting
said member-against movement within said rod
including an end portion of reduced cross sec
tion on said member engaging said tip to sup
port said member in said rod, said member being
bodily removable from said rod upon removal of
said tip.
'7. In a device of they character described, the combination with a hollow tap rod, of a member
disposed in said rod for materially restricting the
?ow therethrough for a portion of its length,
said member having an end portion of reduced
cross section engaging the tip of said rod to sup
port said member in said rod, said tip having an
external beveled edge, and a plurality of aper
tures extending through said‘ beveled edge sub
stantially at right angles thereto, said apertures
surrounding said end portion and extending at
an angle thereto to direct the ?ow oi the beverage
into said rod without undue turbulence.
HARRY w. RIIBBLE.
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