Spin Chill: UF students start Kickstarter campaign because warm beer sucks

Warm Beer Sucks. That’s the philosophy at Spin Chill, the company created by two mechanical engineering students at the University of Florida who were tired of waiting for their warm beer to chill. Today, the company announced the launch of their Kickstarter campaign to raise funds in hope of bringing their innovation to beer lovers everywhere.

Spin Chill was born during the summer of 2013 when co-founders Trevor Abbott and Ty Parker participated in the HackerHouse accelerator program. During their three month stay at a Victorian house in Gainesville, Florida, the pair lived and breathed what it takes to become innovators, creators and business leaders.

The first week of the program, they travelled to Atlanta, Georgia where they participated in the AngelHack ATL Hackathon. The night before the Hackathon at a hotel, the co-founders found themselves with a problem many people fear, warm beer and the slow process of making it cold enough to drink and enjoy.

The next morning, not all that interested in programming or coding, the duo set off to Wal-Mart for supplies to hack something together to fix their problem. Bringing back a cordless drill, L-brackets, a switch and duct tape, the pair created the first Spin Chill prototype, which attached to the can of beer and quickly spun it to get the beer to chilling temperatures in 30 seconds.

The two mechanical engineers surmised that spinning a warm can of beer in ice would cool the beverage much faster than a refrigerator or cooler, due to the drastic increase in the rate of heat transfer through convection. In fact, this process of convection cools the liquid at a rate 20x faster than the liquid would be cooled via conventional methods. The newly spun and chilled beer also turned out to have less foam than a beer that was stationary in the ice.

When Abbott and Parker brought their invention back to Gainesville and the University of Florida, after impressing judges and taking 2nd place at AngelHack in Atlanta, several friends expressed interest in buying the creation. The two then set off to create a clip that would work with any cordless drill, appropriately dubbed the Chill Bit. After refining the clipping mechanism, Abbott and Parker created prototypes for a hands-free, cordless, portable device named the Beerouette, the product the duo is now attempting to get on the shelves at Wal-Mart stores as part of Wal-Mart’s “Get on the Shelf” program. Not only do their products work on chilling down beer, but they also work on soda cans/bottles and wine bottles.

The pair are waiting to hear back from Wal-Mart and have decided to use popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter to create a campaign that will help bring Spin Chill to the masses and launch Spin Chill into full-scale production.

You can learn more about Spin Chill on the company’s website, www.spinchill.com and stay up-to-date with them on their Facebook Page. The Kickstarter campaign links are also posted on both their website and Facebook Page.

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