Chilling a beverage quickly requires an environment that literally sucks heat from the beverage. By placing a beverage container in a cooler, the difference in temperatures slowly cools the drink to the surrounding temperature. But if you want to drop the temperature of a drink container suddenly, the best means is to create an endothermic reaction that removes heat energy via a chemical reaction.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 1 qt. Plastic container
- Bottled or canned beverage
- 1 qt. of vinegar
- Box of baking soda
- 1 qt. of water
Place the beverage to be cooled inside the 1 quart plastic container. It may be helpful to perform this in the sink, or outdoors where any liquid which spills does not harm the surrounding surfaces.
Fill the plastic bucket approximately 1/4 full with water
Continued filling the bucket with vinegar until the bucket is approximately 3/4 full. Use a spoon to mix the water, vinegar solution thoroughly.
Add 2 tbsp baking soda to the water/vinegar solution. This solution will immediately erupt as carbon dioxide is given off as a result of the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar. This endothermic reaction cools the water as the carbon dioxide gas is emitted
Check the beverage to see if it has cooled sufficiently once the reaction stops. If you desire to drop the temperature further, repeat the process.
Tips and warnings
- The carbon dioxide gas emitted by this chemical reaction is not harmful in any way. Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring chemical compound.
- Wear safety glasses and gloves whenever handling chemicals of any type, including household chemicals.
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