An accidental discovery led two beer lovers to inventing an ingenious device that gets beer to that refreshing temperature in record time.
Trevor Abbott and Ty Parker thought of the thought for the Spin Chill when they became impatient in waiting for their party booze to cool.
The contraption works by turning the lager can in ice at a very high speed to expand the rate of high temperature exchange. It takes advantage of the process known as convection – where heat is rapidly transferred from one point to another.
Of course, alcoholic drinks are not the only substances that can be spun to an enjoyable temperature. Cans of fizzy drinks and pop can also benefit from this gadget. But it was the need for a quick lager cool-down that inspired the Spin Chill’s creators.
Mr Parker, from St Augustine, Florida, said: “We’ve run into the problem multiple times during our college career where we would be stuck with warm beers with only one way to cool them down, throw them in ice water and wait.
“So, we decided to use our knowledge of heat transfer and love of cold beers to create the first Spin Chill prototype.”
The Spin Chill works by turning the lager in a cool box full of ice with a fitted head to dispel the warmth in the can into the external environment. It can chill the liquid inside 20 times faster than if the tin was set in the cooler.
The pair both attended the University of Florida for Mechanical Engineering and were going to a ‘hackathon’ event – an occasion where members can meet up to brainstorm inventions – when the first Spin Chill was made.
The Chill Bit is a drill connection that fits on to the highest point of a can or tin. The Beerouette is a standalone, motorised mechanism that turns the beverage while it is submerged in ice.
The idea may seem simple but a challenge arose when trying to stop the beer becoming fizzy beverage is opened.
By pivoting the can, in place of shaking it, air pockets in the fluid remain whole. These air pockets are what cause beverages to bubble after opening and flood. When opened, the air pockets escape with minimal fizz.
Mr Parker said: “The initial prototype was hacked together at the competition the next day from a power drill, a baby bottle, and a roll or two of duct tape.
“Since then we have been prototyping, developing and refining the designs as well as creating the next product and have been enjoying travelling around, sharing our story and drinking cold beers with like minded people.”