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How to Chill a Beer

Every once and awhile you get caught with a short supply of cold beer(or wine or pop) and too much demand to wait for it to chill in the refrigerator. The solution is ice and there are four methods using ice to chill a beer fast.

The quickest solution is to pour a warm beer into your glass, then hold it up around eye level and tell your wife/girlfriend that sheís way overweight and needs to go on a diet or you might accept the advances of her little sister. Her freezing glare will frost up your glass and cool it within 3 seconds!  Donít hold that pose more than 5 seconds or your beer will become frozen, your face will become frost-bitten, and your head will likely be dented by the soon-to-follow rolling pin!

If suicide isnít in your plans, put your warm beer bottles and/or cans into a large bowl, bucket, or even the kitchen sink and cover with ice. Jiggle the beer bottles/cans every couple minutes. This will take 20-30 minutes. If you are a bit impatient, adding water to the mix will knock down the cooling time to about 10 minutes. If you are really impatient, adding about 1 cup of salt(rock or granulated) for every 3 pounds of ice will reduce the freezing temperature of the water and cool your beer in 2-3 minutes. Make sure you mix the salt into the water then constantly jiggle the beer bottles/cans and rinse them before opening!

Tom Frank
Adventures in Homebrewing