The Big Chill

How to turbo-chill a bucket of beers

The only time and place for drinking warm beer is your parents’ basement when you’re in high school and it’s the best you can do. You’ve come a long way since then (right?). So here’s a trick for getting your hands on ice-cold beer faster than you ever thought possible.

You can chill beer in just two minutes using nothing but salt, ice and water.

① Mix salt into ice water in a large bucket or container, and stir to dissolve.

② Place beer cans or bottles into the salty ice water.

③ Crack open a cold one in two to three minutes.

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Adding salt to water reduces the freezing temperature, which means the ice will melt faster, and surround the cans or bottles with cooler water. If you’re starting with really warm beer, you may need to wait a little longer, but when we tried it with cans that were at a drinkable but not enjoyable temperature, they were nice and cold in just two minutes.

Take note that because the ice melts faster, you’ll quickly find yourself with a bucketful of water and no ice, which could heat back up again. This trick is great for getting things going, but be mindful that you may need to re-ice and re-salt occasionally. Watch the video above and enjoy responsibly.