Football season is upon us, which means your Sunday beer consumption is sure to increase. But unless you have a personal beer fridge or kegerator, you might need a quick fix to chill those puppies after that last-minute beer run.
If your buddies are on their way, here’s how to chill a case quick:
Step 1: Get a cooler and empty your case of beer into it.
Step 2: Fill it with ice (obvious, I know).
Step 3: Now pour in some cold water. Liquid completely surrounds the beers, unlike ice cubes which leave air pockets.
Step 4: Add the secret weapon: salt…and liberally (I mean, a couple of cups). You should now have a soupy mixture surrounding your beers, which will be about 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Those who paid attention in Chemistry class know that salt significantly lowers the freezing point of water.
Step 5: Wait 5 minutes and crack open a cold one! Your once room-temperature beers should now be a refreshing 30 degree temperature. Ahhh!
If you’re flying solo, here’s how to cool a single brewski:
Before you throw that loose bottle in the freezer, remember this trick!
Step 1: Wrap a couple of paper towels around your beer.
Step 2: Run the towel-wrapped bottle under some cold tap water. It should be fully saturated but not dripping (to avoid ice forming in your freezer).
Step 3: Pop it in the freezer. Wait 8-12 minutes. We recommend setting your cell phone timer so you don’t forget it’s in there. If you have a habit of forgetting your beer in the freezer to later find it has exploded, cans are easier to clean up than broken bottles!