Ice Cold Beer In 60 Seconds!

A Note From The Author

I would first like to apologize for the alert at the top of the page.  I originally posted this HowTo on another blog site and I thought I would add it here.  I wasn't aware that this would be a problem at the time.  I am in the process of editing this post to make it more original to HubPages only.

Warm Beer? Just A Minute...

You reach into your cooler for another cold one and...ACK!!'s empty! There's plenty of ice left, but your boozer friends have drunk all of your cold frosties. You have your backup stash, but unfortunately it sits warm on the garage floor. Here's a very quick, very easy way to chill a few cold ones while you are waiting for the rest to cool off conventionally.

I've read a few other methods for chilling beer quickly, but I think this one is easier and doesn't require any special gadgets. Using a fire extinguisher to chill beer may be quick, but it seems wasteful to me and probably toxic! Pouring beer over ice to chill it will obviously work, but it's also going to water down the beer's flavor.

This method works best with CANNED beer, (or any beverage). It works with bottles too, but it just takes a little longer as glass is not as good a conductor of heat.

STEP 1: Grab a warm can of beer and lay it on its side atop a bed of ice. Keep in mind that the more surface area of the can that contacts the ice the better. You should press the can into the ice a bit to create a sort of trough in which the can will rest.

STEP 2: Now, place one or two fingers of your right hand on the top, (actually the side since it's laying horizontally), of the can and pull back toward you to get the can to spin in the ice. Follow this up with one or two fingers of your left hand repeating the same motion. Continue alternating your right and left hand movements to keep the can constantly spinning in the ice. The faster the can spins, the faster it will chill. Continue to spin the can very quickly for at least 60 seconds, (90 seconds gets it really cold). For bottles, this will take a few minutes of spinning, but will still work just fine. The spinning creates friction which releases the heat from the can, leaving you with a nice frosty beverage.

STEP 3: Simply pop the top and enjoy!

NOTE: You will want to restock your cooler with the rest of your warm stash first in order to get those beers on ice as soon as possible. Spinning cans will melt a good bit of ice pretty quickly. So, unless you have a big supply of ice, you will want to use this method sparingly until the rest of your beers get cold.

* 60 to 90 seconds for cans
* 3 to 4 minutes for bottles


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area

Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't the can / bottle of beer explode when you open it? If I'm reading your text description right, it would seem that the beer would be shaken up a bit, thus building up pressure.

Or maybe I'm not reading it right. Would be nice if there was a video and/or pictures to explain it.

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Mark Knowles 7 years ago

Great advice - I will try it next time I am stuck. Only you can see the warning about duplicate content :)

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onthewriteside 7 years ago from Canton, Ohio Author


You would think so, but actually no. Since the can is resting on its side, the liquid inside is merely being gently rotated rather than shaken. Maybe I'll work on a video for ya!

Mark, yea I've been using this method in times of woe since my college days. It works great!

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onthewriteside 7 years ago from Canton, Ohio Author


Oh and thanks for the info on the alert. I wasn't aware I was the only one seeing that!

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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Wow - will have to try that next time the stock runs out :P thanks for the tip :D

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onthewriteside 7 years ago from Canton, Ohio Author

Sure Enelle!

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rastrother 7 years ago from Lake Jackson, Texas

nice tip i'll give it a try thanks :)

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onthewriteside 7 years ago from Canton, Ohio Author

Sure rastro!

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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

LOL, Great tip...I would suppose it works as well for soda? I would have worried about it exploding when opened...but you have already said it won't. :D

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onthewriteside 7 years ago from Canton, Ohio Author

yes works for any beverage! Works best with cans though, rather than bottles.

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Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

Interesting I can WOW those male sport-a-holics that come over to watch hockey!! lol

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onthewriteside 7 years ago from Canton, Ohio Author

Beth...Yea LOL! Teach those young-and-dumbies the old school way! HEHE!

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Lee Thacker 7 years ago

this is cool...I saw a youtube video where they used ice + water + SALT! but so cool...I have some warm beer lying around here...Wow! You really put a lot of thought and positive thought into your hub article! Honestly I think I need to re-read it again to pick-up all the gems that you shared, as always...THANKS! Keep know I'm a fan!

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onthewriteside 7 years ago from Canton, Ohio Author

Thanks Lee! Yea I've seen the saltwater method also, and it works great as well...if you're someplace where you have a bunch of salt laying around! I haven't had much time to write here lately, as I've been busy with the book publication, but I'll get around to it eventually!

TeL 7 years ago

Haha...this works, but it has nothing to do with friction and such. In heat transfer the convection heat transfer coefficient can be approximated as being exponentially proportional to the velocity of the fluid moving across the surface of whatever is being cooled. In reality it's a bit more complicated than this, but that is usually provides a decent approximation. Soooo...if you move a fluid across the surface of a can or bottle, it will transfer heat. Spinning a bottle or can is a good way to do this. Spinning it on ice will work, but putting the drink in ice water is much better.

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Property-Invest 6 years ago from London

Cool tip. I find that mixing some water into the ice, makes an icecold sludge, which really cools the beer quick!

Steve 6 years ago

I have been doing this since I was 15 years old. Me and my friends stash a few cans of beer in our closets and when we want a coldie while we are studying, we go get a dozen cubes of ice in a glass of ice water from the ice box and take it into our room. Drink the water to hydrate and then place the ice into a metal tray we also have stashed in our closet and spin a warm beer into a coldie in 60 seconds. This method was made for kids you know. Kids don't own refrigerators but our parents do. Ha Ha ha. I'm going to spin one right now and play WOW. Party on.

Dean 5 years ago

When I was a kid they actually sold a device for this. It was a chamber that held the ice and a small electric motor with a suction cup on it. It was able to spin the can much faster than your fingers ever could. I was looking to buy another one when I came across this, but shockingly I can't find one. I guess I'll have to go down to the hobby shop and get a small electric motor and a suction cup and build one myself.

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Trevor Abbott 3 years ago

@Dean. My friend and I actually just created a stand alone device that does exactly what you're talking about. Right now we have one that fits into the head of a drill (like a drill bit), but are prototyping one that is self-contained and goes into a cooler. We're running some beta testing right now. The company name is Spin Chill, website is

Stella Chan 3 years ago

we were out in Montana this past weekend and we didn't have a fridge in our hotel room. My friend grabbed the hotel bucket, filled it up with ice, stuck the can of beer in the middle and started "spinning" it upright. He told me about this theory and I was in doubt. Sure enough.....he did it for about 2 minutes and the beer was SUPER cold. This definitely works :)

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