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Warm Beer to Ice Cold in Seven Seconds

Posted by Dave On November - 22 - 2007

Inventor Kent Hodgson demonstrates how to cool beer quicklyWhat if there was a tailgating gadget that can take a beer from warm to cold in less than 10 seconds? What if this device could replace your cooler and eliminate the need to buy ice? Did we mention that this gadget has a cooling capacity almost four times that of regular ice? Oh yeah, it also doesn’t water down your drink. Think it’s impossible? Well, a 22-year-old student from New Zealand may have the solution to cooling beverages instantly.
Kent Hodgson is the mastermind behind this potential breakthrough that might have the folks at Coleman shaking in their boots. Can you imagine not having to lug a large cooler full of ice to your next tailgate party? How much room in your tailgating vehicle would now be free if you could cool down your beers one at a time? The simplest way to describe the gadget, called the “Huski”, is that it makes dry ice instantly, in small quantities and makes it portable.

The Huski has plastic cooling cells which are pressed down into the dock which houses the liquid carbon dioxide. The liquid CO2 expands and is pressurized into dry ice in the base of the cooling cells. You then insert the unit into a warm bottle of beer and within seconds, you have an ice cold beer.

The Huski produces a surface temperature of negative 173 degrees Fahrenheit so it will cool your warm beer down in the blink of an eye. The best part is the cooling power is almost instant and is utilized for several minutes. Also it doesn’t dilute your beer like placing ice in your drink does. One Huski canister can fill 30 12 oz. bottles at a cost of $0.07 each. A large bag of ice at the local 7-11 can cost around $3.50. If you are trying to cool down 30 beers, that price breaks down to more than $0.11 a beer. With that comparison, the Huski takes up less room, doesn’t melt and spill in your trunk, costs less per beverage and cools faster than a conventional ice chest filled with ice.

The Huski has not made it into production just yet and Hodgson is looking at patenting his invention. The Huski, if it makes it onto the consumer’s market is expected to retail for about $50.

Read the entire news article from The New Zealand Herald.

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3 Responses to “Warm Beer to Ice Cold in Seven Seconds”

  1. Wayne Reece says:

    If this guy gets these in stores I would buy one.

  2. chuck says:

    Um… Dry ice? in your drink? i know its contained in another container.. but thats what worries me… ever heard of dry ice bombs? dry ice keeps emitting fog, if the fog has nowhere to go, it will eventually burst out of the the container… producing an exploding beer into your face, along with glass or tin?

  3. Jesse says:

    Brilliant!

    Leave up to a Kiwi kid to design a product specifically made for bottled cold beverages. I don’t imagine your beer would become combustible(?), Besides that’s what R&D is for. At -173 degrees I wouldn’t use it without gloves. But how exciting! 10 seconds. This has a practical commercial use in bars and restaurants as well. I hear, “My pinot grigio has become warm while I was on the phone with the Baby-sitter, You got any ice?” I’m excited. I can sell this gizmo in the states and retire in a year. I got 5000 applications. I’ll take 500 right now.

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