Seltzer Water

In 1783, Johann Jacob Schweppe (1740–1821) German-born naturalized Swiss jeweler and amateur scientist being intrigued with the discoveries on gases and their combination with water that were done by Joseph Priestley, Lavoisier and other chemists, used his curiosity to discover of a process that could mass-produce carbonated water.  Having discovered the secret of capturing effervescence in a bottle, he called his artificial mineral water making machine the Geneva Apparatus and it produced water with more aeration than natural mineral waters.  He invented a machine or engine that was capable of aerating water that was equal to or exceeded the aeration of natural mineral waters.  Jacob Schweppe the pioneer of the fizzy drink, perfected an economical process for the production and bottling of artificial carbonated water by devising a system of aeration that was superior to anything that had previously been achieved and this set the beverage revolution into motion.  Following his invention, carbonated water made a splash and doctors and numerous apothecaries started prescribing carbonated water for a variety of ailments such as curing indigestion and gout.

4 thoughts on “Seltzer Water

    1. I guess the apothecaries of the late 1700’s did not know everything, as they were mainly salespeople and they probably came up with many reasons to sell their products. Gout is painful and many people inflicted with this disease would probably try anything to get some relief. Gout is the result of excess uric acid forming crystals in your joints which caused miserable pain and I feel bad for you if you are suffering from this.

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    1. Thanks for reading and I am happy that you were able to learn something. I had several jobs working with water and I wrote a book about water, so I am sort of an expert on certain aspects of water.

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