Contact Us

Beer Chilled in 10 Minutes: Not Magic, Science! Learn How Here

Our neck of the woods will be aggressively hot over the next couple of days, and if blowing the froth off a few barley pops is your desire, but the thought of warm beer is a real deal breaker, well now, thanks to science, here’s how to get chilled beer in under 10 minutes for the rest of your life:

From Popular Science:

1. Fill a container (something insulated like a cooler is best) with ice, water and lots of salt. Lots and lots and lots of salt (the salt is the secret.) Make sure to add enough water to surround the drinks. then add lots and lots and lots of salt. Then add the ice.

2. Submerge your cans and/or bottles as much as possible. Make sure that they aren’t packed too tightly –you want the salty, ice water to flow around each container. If you’ve put the drinks in a container with a top, close the top.

3. Wait. This should take only about 5 minutes.

4. That’s It! Enjoy your chilled beer!

The reason the salt works so well?

Plain water freezes at 32-degrees Fahrenheit. But salt water can be much colder that that and still remain a liquid. This chemistry phenomenon is called “freezing point depression” and it happens because dissolving salt in water lowers the liquid’s freezing point. Table salt breaks down into sodium and chloride ions. Those ions physically interfere with water molecules’ ability to form ice crystals. This means the solution gives you salty ice water that can get much colder than regular water. It won’t freeze, and the salty ice water pulls heat from the submerged beer bottles and cans faster. Presto! Chilled beer, faster, forever!



Best of KATS

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Kat House quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Kat House contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.