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a question of freezing

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Post by Dixie Dave » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:12 pm

I'm going to the can show in Birmingham tomorrow and am bringing up several cases of full cans. It's supposed to be like in the mid 20s tonight. Is that cold enough for the beer to freeze inside of a car? I just really don't want to have to lug all that beer around up to my room tonight if I don't have to. Sorry if this seems like a silly question, but being from the Deep South, we don't get long periods below 32 very often. Any help will be greatly appreciated! I know that beer will freeze if it's cold enough, i just don't know where that benchmark is.


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Re: a question of freezing

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Post by bantam10 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:24 pm

You’ll be fine.
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Re: a question of freezing

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Post by LostHoosier » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:54 pm

Like Ted says - no problem, I've left beer out on winter campouts when it never got above 20 in the daytime and it didn't freeze. At least the beer will be good and cold when we see you tomorrow!!
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Post by oldindiapaleale » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:43 pm

You can tell that they will be cold enough to drink when the Rockies turn blue. Saw it on TV. Hope that helps.

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Re: a question of freezing

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Post by Beercanpete » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:19 pm

I once had a few bottles of Diet Coke in the back of my car (back when bottles were glass) and they froze and broke on the back seat. But I think the temps were lower than night than 25. I think you'll be OK ...

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Re: a question of freezing

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Post by pinnacle-project » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:08 am

A typical strength beer with 5 percent alcohol by volume will freeze near 26 to 29 F, according to Karl Siebert, professor of biochemistry and director of the Brewing Program at Cornell University.
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Re: a question of freezing

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Post by jinsequa » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:04 am

I would agree they might freeze. Nothing like an expanding can. Fill some of your dented dumpers and expand the dents out.

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Re: a question of freezing

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Post by Uncle Jackson » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:59 am

I think there are levels to this. First, the beer may start to freeze in the can and that may effect the future taste of the beer. Second, the beer may freeze enough in the can that it causes the can to stretch. Typically you may see the bottom bulge first. Finally, it freezes enough to burst the can. That creates a big mess as it tends to spray everywhere. I once had a case of Dr. Pepper burst in my car. I never got rid of all the stickiness until I sold the car.

I still don’t think you have a problem of the cans bursting, but they may over inflate.
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Re: a question of freezing

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Post by Mike S » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:32 am

Yes beers will freeze, it's mostly water. When we were kids we would put beer in the freezer for awhile and when you opened them they would be slushy. You drink the liquid quick and toss the rest which would be just frozen water. This way you could drink more without getting as full and hitting the john every 10 minutes......occasionally we would forget some (not sure why lol) and in the morning they would be froze and sometimes bulged or split.

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Re: a question of freezing

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Post by jinsequa » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:40 am

Mike S wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:32 am
Yes beers will freeze, it's mostly water. When we were kids we would put beer in the freezer for awhile and when you opened them they would be slushy. You drink the liquid quick and toss the rest which would be just frozen water. This way you could drink more without getting as full and hitting the john every 10 minutes......occasionally we would forget some (not sure why lol) and in the morning they would be froze and sometimes bulged or split.

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Re: a question of freezing

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Post by kamsquared » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:21 am

"Mid 20's"?!?!! You'll be fine Dave! That's what I set my beer fridge thermostat to!
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Re: a question of freezing

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Post by ILLINICANS » Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:10 pm

I owned a bar for 12 years and had a beer line cleaning business , did 120 other bars beer lines. Starts to freeze up in the lines when the beer temp hits 28. Just bring the beer inside.

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Re: a question of freezing

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Post by Ted Wolfe » Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:29 pm

Well, how did the beer hold up?

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Re: a question of freezing

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Post by Dixie Dave » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:14 pm

Ted Wolfe wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:29 pm
Well, how did the beer hold up?
First off, thanks to all who answered this silly southern boy's question. There are some common things in the world that I just don't see in my part of the world very often to know how to deal with them when they happen.

As for that night, I decided to just go on and bring the beer into the hotel with me overnight just to be on the safe side. It might be one thing if it was all the same type of beer, easier to guess. No problems with anything.

I know that beer left in a freezer long enough will freeze up. I've had that happen, and I've been at bars that keep their beer extra-cold where the beer was frozen in the bottle. There is a bar/restaurant in New Orleans that is legendary for their frozen schooners of beer. Beer is in a big goblet and if you let it sit a couple of minutes when it's brought out, you will get a thin sheet of ice on top. Coldest Dixie I ever drank.
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