How to Chill Your Beer Properly!

How to chill your beer in under 10 minutes, according to Popular Science --because there is nothing worse than a warm beer on a hot day: 
   1. Fill a container (something insulted like a cooler is best) with ice, water, and lots of salt(The salt is the secret.)  Make sure to add enough water to surround the drinks. Then add lot 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, icy water to flow around each container. If you've put the drinks in a cooler with a top, close the top.
   3. Wait. This should only take about five minutes.
   4. That's it! Enjoy your chilled beer! 

The reason salt water works so well? Plain water freezes at 32-degrees Fahrenheit. But salt water can be much colder than that and still remain a liquid. This chemistry phenomenon is called "freezing point depression." 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's 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! Cold beer, faster!


- MM