Fastest way to cool your beer?

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  1. pianoguy

    pianoguy Pundit (846) Feb 14, 2015 Washington

    Yes I always try to buy it cold.... But circumstances being what they are,I just got home with some room temperature Pale ale What is the quickest way to get it cold ? A bucket of ice ? the freezer ? Put it next to the ex wife's heart ?

    (I searched these forums and couldn't come up with any past discussions about this) How do you get a warm beer cold fast ? Thanks !
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  2. mudbug

    mudbug Pooh-Bah (1,688) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Ice water and salt in a bucket, swirl it around
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  3. wordemupg

    wordemupg Grand Pooh-Bah (3,103) Feb 11, 2009 Canada (AB)
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    step 1- wrap it in a wet towel
    step 2- put in freezer
    step 3- wait 20-30 minuets
    step 4- remember to take it out and drink it
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  4. mudbug

    mudbug Pooh-Bah (1,688) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

  5. pianoguy

    pianoguy Pundit (846) Feb 14, 2015 Washington

    I got one in the freezer wrapped in a wet towel and about to try the ice cube thing with salt this time. The towel and the salt are some interesting twists that I hadn't heard of before. Thanks !
  6. Beef_Curtains

    Beef_Curtains Initiate (0) Oct 14, 2013 Ohio

    The wet towel doesn't do much in my experience. You can just stick it in the freezer without the towel and it will still be cold in 20-30 minutes. Burying it under some bags of frozen food does seem to help though.
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  7. stealth

    stealth Pooh-Bah (1,757) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota

    I use wet paper towels- freeze faster than towels, it seems. 15 min you are good to go.
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  8. sdeese21

    sdeese21 Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2015 Louisiana

    Liquid nitrogen. Quickly rotate beer around in the liquid for roughly 10-15 seconds and you have yourself a nice, cold brew! (this really isn't sarcasm)
  9. Tripel_Threat

    Tripel_Threat Grand Pooh-Bah (4,206) Jun 29, 2014 Michigan
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    Wet paper towels every time. But you cannot forgot to pull out.
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  10. HoppyBastard

    HoppyBastard Pundit (983) Sep 6, 2013 Nebraska

    Liquid nitrogen guy, I like the way you think, but.....a more practical solution is as follows;

    1. Put the beer cans in the bottom of your dorm room trash can.
    2. Dump a bag of ice over it.
    3. Pour water over it.
    4. Wait about 15 minutes.
    5. ENJOY!
  11. JasW

    JasW Pundit (861) Jul 11, 2014 Florida

    Just the freezer, nix the wet towels. Set the timer on the microwave for 20 minutes.
  12. zachpaschal

    zachpaschal Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2014 Indiana

    ^^^Use the wet paper towel rather than the much thicker towel. Gets good and cold in no time.
  13. mcdonaldlockport

    mcdonaldlockport Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2015 New York

    Explains why salt + ice = best. Science
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  14. BeerBob

    BeerBob Initiate (0) May 30, 2002 Nebraska

    Acquire the taste for room temperature beer and eliminate the problem altogether.
    30 minutes in the freezer, and not forgetting, if you must have a cold one.
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  15. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Grand High Pooh-Bah (8,021) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Picked up easily at the local corner store too! :confused: Absolute zero is a beautiful thing when you can get it! (And no disrespect intended. :slight_smile:)
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  16. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Pundit (985) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Huh....and all this time I've just simply put the bottle in the freezer for 20 minutes....
  17. B-Ho

    B-Ho Aspirant (221) Feb 16, 2015 Minnesota

    The Mythbusters have a really cool show about this very question! I believe their favorite way was put them in a styrofoam cooler, grab your fire extinguisher, and spray the entire contents of the cooler. Doesn't take long after that....
  18. Darwin553

    Darwin553 Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2009 Australia

    I was coming in to say this so well done.
  19. IPAGeorge

    IPAGeorge Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2014 Illinois

    First time I saw this. I was at Marianos which is a newer upscale grocery store by me. And you could put you beer in this like barrel thing and there is a heat exchanger that will chill your beer in a couple minutes. I was in awe.
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  20. DVMin98

    DVMin98 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,389) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
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    I hear ya...otherwise, you will have a cold beer and possibly a little one running around :stuck_out_tongue:
  21. beernuts

    beernuts Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2014 Virginia

    If you can get something that stays in your freezer and wraps around your beer, you can cool it in 10-15 minutes. I use a wine bottle chiller that I got from Total Wine, its basically just an ice jacket for your bottle, but its filled with a material that doesn't freeze hard. Slip the bottle in, rotate it every 5 minutes or so, and it will be ready in no time. Its the same principle as the wet towel, but you keep it in your freezer so its already cold (and a wet towel will freeze hard if you keep it in the freezer.
  22. patdunkel

    patdunkel Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2014 Wisconsin

    I use an ice bath, works quite quickly.
  23. BrettHead

    BrettHead Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    /end thread
  24. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2012 Colorado

    I have a 'leave no man behind policy'. I always set an alarm when I put beers in the freezer so I don't forget 'em. Only takes one mistake to learn that lesson...
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  25. beernuts

    beernuts Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2014 Virginia

    The good thing about the ice bath is that you won't accidentally freeze your beer. The bad thing is that it uses a lot of ice.
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  26. fearfactory

    fearfactory Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2012 Massachusetts

    Wait, so your not drinking a warm one while the others get cold?
    My method is drink one warm, with one in the freezer, and four in the fridge.
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  27. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    From a practical standpoint how fast do you really need to drink the beers that a 20 minute sit in the freezer won't work?
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  28. beernuts

    beernuts Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2014 Virginia

    That's true, but if there's an easy method to cool it in less than 20 minutes, why not use it?
  29. nc41

    nc41 Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Water ice and salt isn't rocket science but it's still a bit messy, and it still needs to sit for 15 minutes give or take.
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  30. beernuts

    beernuts Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2014 Virginia

    True, I don't use the ice bath, it is messy. Like I said above, I have a thing in my freezer I just slip the bottle into. It works on the same principle as the ice bath (and every other method of quick cooling), which is full cold contact of the entire bottle surface area.
  31. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    Wet paper towel, freezer, and set a timer for 15 minutes.
  32. Dil_thebeerdrinking_do

    Dil_thebeerdrinking_do Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2014 Georgia

  33. Breaking_Beard

    Breaking_Beard Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2014 Michigan

    I am surprised nobody has mentioned these:

    I use these all the time and they work great. Just remember to pour the beer first, then add the cubes. If you pour over the cubes you will have a huge amount of foam.
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  34. JMS1512

    JMS1512 Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2013 New Jersey

    I routinely use this method, it works very well- from 12 oz bottles to 750ml, to cans, 100% of the time it works every time.
  35. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    My method: Buy the beer the day before and allow it to cool for 24 hours in a fridge or ice chest. I've never needed a quick freeze using this method, a cold beer is always ready :slight_smile:
  36. pagriley

    pagriley Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2014 Illinois

    I usually just put my beer glass and the beer straight in the freezer (don't bother with wet towel) and leave it for 10 minutes. The beer cools a bit, but the glass gets really cold, so when I pour I end up with a beer at about the right temperature.

    I understand the hate for frosted / frozen glassware - I wouldn't want an already cold beer in a freezing cold glass, but if the beer is bit warm it pulls it down to temp in 30 seconds - works a treat!
  37. Donco

    Donco Maven (1,493) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Love this thread as I've often wondered how to do the quick-chill bit. LOVE the OP's ex-wife comment:wink:
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  38. Redneckwine

    Redneckwine Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2013 Washington

    Chalk up another vote for an ice+water+salt cooler or bucket. This creates a solution that can get as cold as roughly -5 F and provides 100% contact with the beer container... The beer will be freezing cold in just minutes (3-4 minutes most likely).

    That may be the fastest way to chill a beer, but is it the smartest way? Probably not, since it's easy to over-chill that way. I typically just use ice + water in a cooler, which won't chill quite as fast, but will ultimately reach a more beer-friendly equilibrium of 32 F.
  39. Reinbeck11

    Reinbeck11 Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2012 Iowa

    They'd all insta-freeze!
  40. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    I just stick it in the freezer and even for a bomber it only takes 20 minutes or so to get to a decent drinking temperature. My ex-wife never had a heart but I found her gaze could instantaneously freeze anything while sending chills down your spine.
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