How does the VinPodium work?

The VinPodium works on thin film heat transfer. We are using the cold from the flowing ice water to chill the outside of the bottle which in turn will chill the inside contents. Water is a very effective, inexpensive, non-toxic, and readily available "heat exchange" medium to use. It is "a thousand times" more effective than air and why it is much faster than your refrigerator or freezer. CLICK here to see the demonstration video.

From an electrical standpoint, the unit has a 110-240 volt, 0.8 amp, 9 watt plug.

How long does it take to chill beverages using conventional methods?


Defining the chill times from room temperature (77ºF/25ºC) to a cold drinking temperature (41ºF/5ºC), a refrigerator will take about 2 hours to chill a 750mL bottle, and a freezer will take 1 hour (but do not let it stay longer than that or it will freeze, and possibly explode and ruin your wine). An ice water bath will take about 40 minutes. Our VinPodium will take just 15 minutes.

Is it safe for carbonated beverages like Champagne/sparkling wine?

Yes, it is perfectly safe to chill a carbonated beverage like Champagne or sparkling wine. Our process does not alter any beverage property.

Why do I need to chill my wine?

See below link that explains why different wines should be served at certain temperature

http://www.wineintro.com/basics/temperature/index.html

How much ice do you need?

Ice is melted every time you chill a beverage. The amount of ice is the same as if you added the ice directly to the beverage. This amounts to roughly 12-14 typical ice cubes (25 ml each cube) for each 750mL bottle chilled.

What is the largest size bottle it can chill?

A typical 1.5 L bottle will fit into the VinPodium. As a point of fact, a typical 2 L soda bottle will also fit and is capable of being chilled. The VinPodium was designed for chilling a wide variety of different sizes and shapes of wine/Champagne/spirit bottles.

What is the coldest I can get a beverage with the VinPodium?

The coldest you can get your drink using the VinPodium is "ice cold" 32ºF/0ºC or very close to it. Basically, the coldest temperature you can get the recirculating water to is the lowest temperature you can get your drink to.

NOTE: if you add a solute (like salt or ethanol) to the ice water bath to lower the freezing point of the water temperature, you can chill your beverage below the freezing temperature of water. BE WARNED. SALT WILL CORRODE THE UNIT AND VOID THE WARRANTY. Ethanol in the form of ordinary spirits works well, although it can get expensive.

What if I want to chill smaller sized single-serve beverages?

If you want to chill smaller single-serve beverages like beer, soda, juice, water, etc..., we recommend you visit our other websites for our other consumer rapid beverage chillers, www.CooperCooler.com, and www.BlitzChiller.com

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