Saturday, January 24, 2009

This one is for Lee!

I put this Corona in the freezer for about three hours, took it out, and then tapped it on the counter top. It's probably the coolest at home experiment to show off at party. Everyone that sees this thinks there's some sort of gel inside, but there isn't, just the process of "super cooling". Leaving the bottled beverage in an environment that is as cold or colder than zero degrees centigrade causes the liquid molecules to achieve a state of temperature less than zero degrees centigrade. When the bottle is tapped against the counter top it disturbs the molecules and causes an ice crystal to form. This causes a chain reaction to occur hence the freezing of the whole beer.

Try It Yourself:
1. Get a bottled beverage, glass or plastic, preferably glass. (non-diet/diet soda, Martinelli's, Beer, etc.)
2. Put it vertical standing inside a freezer for three hours. (Making sure that the freezer does not shake because this could disturb the process!)
3. Take the beverage out and tap it against a hard surface.
4. Watch the magic happen before your eyes and don't worry about wasting your precious liquid, it's still good to drink, frozen or not.


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VoteNovember2008 said...

I thought it was interesting and if I had any adult beverages I would try it! LOL. VN8

Angie ^i^ said...

I do this with water bottles almost every morning. I remember the 1st time it happened I thought it was just the coolest thing. I take an already chilled water bottle, put it in the freezer for about one hour, then take it out and set it on the kitchen counter.. all the sudden the most beautiful thing happens.. it solidifies. I would have never thought beer could do that though. BTW, I do this with the water bottle for my daughter to take to school with her each day. That way, for most of the day, she has cold water to sip on.

Lee said...

That is cool! I'll try it with water because I've had beer bottle caps blow off and make a heck of a mess.

Glad you're back at it!

Anonymous said...

What?! Real science, and I missed it!!!! I'm going to have to quit my job if this keeps up, and volunteer for the new "make-work-filling-potholes" squad. Either that or take my battery-powered compressor to a downtown street corner and air up people's tires for a quarter apiece. It's too cold to wash windshields!