Chill Your Drink In Record Time With This Fridge Hack

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When you’re running out to the gym or just getting home from work, the last thing you wanna do is grab a lukewarm water bottle or beer. It’s pretty easy to forget to chill your drink ahead of time when you’re in a rush. You could either dilute your beer with a glass full of ice to get the temperature down or wait an hour for your drink to get cold in the fridge. None of these options sound ideal when you’re on a mission. It turns there’s a way to chill your drink a little faster with just a wet paper towel.

Take a paper towel and get it wet, but not soaking wet, and wrap it around your bottle before you stick it in the freezer. The paper towel has a large surface area, but a small mass, so it cools rapidly and it works faster than the air surrounding the bottle. The water on the damp paper towel will evaporate and cool pretty fast in a cold, dry environment. You can leave it in there for about 12 to 15 minutes, but don’t wait too long or the beer will expand and the glass could crack open and make a huge mess.

With warm drinks, the cold paper towel acts as a rapid heat exchanger (AH, PHYSICS) since the air isn’t the best conductor for the job.  This whole process has to do with thermodynamics, which we won’t get into right now. All you need to know is that there’s a possible solution when you forget to chill your drink ahead of time. Be your own myth buster and see if it works for you.