Have you ever found yourself reaching for a beer only to find that it’s still warm? Maybe you’re out in the wilderness on a camping trip, down at the beach or even off on a picnic. In any case, far from electricity and the convenience of a cold fridge, you’ve been left to your own devices to cool down your warm brew.
But don’t fear! There are few simple tricks that you can use to cool beer without a fridge.
1. Wet Paper Method
This first trick to cool beer without a fridge is simple and easy to employ. Take a paper towel, napkin or even newspaper and soak it with water. Wrap the wet paper around the bottle or can as if you were making papier-mâché. Once the bottle is wrapped, simply leave it in a shady spot for 20 to 30 minutes for a chilled drink. This method works especially well on a windy day.
2. Water Method
If you’re camping by a river, lake or nearby body of water, this is a convenient solution. Take your warm beer and place it in the water, anchoring it with a heavy object so it doesn’t float away or rise to the surface. After 10 minutes, check your drink. If it’s to your liking, it’s ready to drink. The longer it stays submerged, the cooler it becomes.
3. Ice Bucket Method
If you’ve brought a cooler of ice from home, you’ve made a wise choice. Simply leave your beer on ice until you’re ready to drink. Alternatively, many grocery stores sell bagged ice at a reasonable price. By filling a bucket with a mix of had ice and water and submerging your bottle or can in the bucket for approximately 5 minutes, you’ll be rewarded with a frosty beer. To speed up the cooling, you can also add salt to the ice water for a faster chill.
4. Burying Method
If you’re in a cool or damp spot, this method is very effective. Simply dig a hole large enough to fit your bottle or can. The deeper the hole, the cooler the ground is. Place your beer in the hole and cover for 20 to 30 minutes. The cool earth will help to lower the temperature of your beer so it’s ready to drink.
5. Zeer Pot Method
This is a more elaborate method but works extremely well!
Begin by filling a large flower pot with about an inch of sand. Place a smaller flower pot inside the large pot, on top of the sand. Fill the space between the two pots with sand and dampen the sand with water. Once it’s done, place your drink inside the pot and cover with a damp towel.
As the water in the sand evaporates, it removes the heat from the pots, effectively cooling the contents inside. This is an ancient method that dates back to 2500 BC, so you know it’s tried and true.
Wherever you find yourself, there are many ways to keep your beer cold, even without a refrigerator. Try any of these hacks for a quick and easy solution so you can enjoy your drink as it was meant to be.