Extracts were highly
concentrated flavoring elements with an alcohol base.
When extracts were manufactured on a small scale, such as for a
bottling plant, a percolator was used.
This was essentially a cylinder with a perforated, funnel-shaped
bottom, thru which the refined liquid passed.
The flavoring was drawn from fruits, such as lemons or
strawberries, by soaking them in alcohol before percolation.
Because percolation was a difficult process for smaller bottlers,
many supply houses produced and retailed flavoring extracts to the
Most bottlers offered the red, white, black, and brown
lines – strawberry, lemon, sarsaparilla, and cream soda, with strawberry
being the consumers’ favorite.
Bottlers usually produced these four mainstays, a couple of
exotic flavors, and ginger ale.
Late in the nineteenth century more extracts became available,
allowing bottlers to offer customers a wider variety of flavored sodas.
These Hutchinson extract-related
helpful hints are from The
Bottler’s Helper, a 1907 publication by the Blumenthal
Brothers, a major supplier of extracts located in Philadelphia,
TO MAKE YOUR OWN EXTRACTS.
By O. S. Kelly,
Do not try to make your own Extracts, unless you
have an extraordinarily large business.
My experience along this line is unlimited, and I find that
you are up against a hard proposition when you try to run a factory
and keep in line with other good concerns that buy regularly from
good reliable extract manufacturers that are constantly making great
improvements on their line of products.
The time and labor I have spent in working on
Extracts I am sure has not paid me.
I took up the study of flavoring chemistry under an expert
who had 15 years in that line of work, and kept him until I could
turn out any flavor that was on the market.
I think what I say on this subject is worthy of
consideration. I have
visited a few factories where the proprietor of the concern was
making his own Extracts, and I found on sampling the goods made from
them that they were a complete failure, yet he was under the
impression that they were as fine as could be made.
In fact, they were not fit to drink.
Buy your Extracts from a good reliable house, one that makes
good goods and stay with them.
Do not be constantly changing.
ON YOUR EXTRACT BOTTLES.
By Delta Bottling Works,
Take a small wire, stick one through the center of
the cork endwise, make the wire into a spiral coil by encircling it
around your lead pencil.
Tie the other end of your wire around the neck of the bottle.
This little device will not only keep your cork from getting
lost, but the spring on the coil will hold it out of your way when
not in use. With a
little ingenuity this little device can be made ornamental.