US 9,810,473 B2
Modular retrofit quench unit
John Lauchnor, West Simsbury, CT (US)
Assigned to Blue Quench LLC, Miramar Beach, FL (US)
Filed by John Lauchnor, West Simsbury, CT (US)
Filed on Sep. 21, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/272,131.
Application 15/272,131 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/877,143, filed on Oct. 7, 2015.
Application 14/877,143 is a continuation in part of application No. 13/789,679, filed on Mar. 8, 2013, granted, now 9,200,831, issued on Dec. 1, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/745,033, filed on Dec. 21, 2012.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/060,664, filed on Oct. 7, 2014.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/350,062, filed on Jun. 14, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2017/0010036 A1, Jan. 12, 2017
Int. Cl. F25B 17/02 (2006.01); F25D 15/00 (2006.01); F25D 27/00 (2006.01); F25D 29/00 (2006.01); F25D 17/02 (2006.01); F25C 5/00 (2006.01); F25C 5/18 (2006.01); F25D 3/08 (2006.01); F25D 31/00 (2006.01); F25C 1/00 (2006.01)
CPC F25D 15/00 (2013.01) [F25C 5/002 (2013.01); F25C 5/182 (2013.01); F25D 3/08 (2013.01); F25D 17/02 (2013.01); F25D 27/005 (2013.01); F25D 29/00 (2013.01); F25D 31/007 (2013.01); F25B 2600/07 (2013.01); F25C 1/00 (2013.01); F25C 2600/04 (2013.01); F25D 2303/081 (2013.01); F25D 2327/001 (2013.01); F25D 2331/803 (2013.01); F25D 2331/805 (2013.01); F25D 2400/28 (2013.01); F25D 2700/16 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A modular retrofit device for quenching at least one beverage, comprising:
a quench container adapted and configured to be removably positioned at least partially within a thermally insulated cooler having a cooled water bath, the quench container including at least one space configured for holding at least one beverage container;
a pump coupled to and removable with the quench container; and
a conduit coupled so as to be in fluid communication with the quench container, the pump, and the cooled water bath of the thermally insulated cooler, the conduit being removable with the pump and the quench container as a single unit;
wherein activation of the pump is operative to draw water from the water level of the cooled water bath of the thermally insulated cooler into the quench container and direct the cooled water over the at least one beverage container disposed in the quench container.
 
13. A thermally insulated cooler, comprising:
a thermally insulated exterior housing defining a reservoir therein configured to contain a cooled water bath;
at least one liquid pump;
at least one liquid conduit;
at least one quench container disposed at least partially within the thermally insulated exterior housing, the at least one quench container being configured and arranged to be in fluid communication with the liquid pump and the at least one conduit, the at least one quench container being disposed above the reservoir, the at least one quench container defining at least one beverage container space therein for holding and cooling at least one beverage container, wherein activation of the pump causes water to be drawn from the cooled water bath of the reservoir and directed through the at least one conduit into the at least one quench container, the at least one quench container being further configured and arranged to direct the water from the cooled water bath via the pump over the at least one beverage container in the at least one beverage container space to enhance cooling of a beverage in the at least one beverage container;
at least one drive axle including a plurality of drive wheels disposed thereon for engaging the at least one beverage container to cause the at least one beverage container to rotate while being cooled with water from the cooled water bath;
at least one level sensor configured and arranged to detect the physical orientation of the thermally insulated cooler; and
a controller operably coupled to the pump and to the level sensor, the controller being configured to shut off the pump in response to a signal from the at least one level sensor.