Weird science question regarding beer?

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  • TVoJ 8 Dec 2012 20:30:09 1,852 posts
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    Right first off this is a proper question. I have no idea how it happened.

    I just realised I'd left a few corona's in the freezer last night. Pulled the middle tray out and all 3 in there were frozen solid. Ok no problem, my own fault. I then opened the top draw and JACKPOT! One un frozen super chilled bottle.

    Popped him open and slid a slice of lime in. Walked back to the living room and tried to take a sip but to my eye's amazement the bottle was slowly freezing top to bottom. Now I have a frozen solid bottle complete with lime in my hand?

    Wtf?
  • RobTheBuilder 8 Dec 2012 20:35:59 6,521 posts
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    An episode of bAng goes the theory covered it.

    Water can not go to ice in a certain scenario, and a bump makes it connect... Or something like that
  • MightyMouse 8 Dec 2012 20:36:42 1,127 posts
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    As a guess, what phase (solid, liquid, gas) something is in depends on temperature and pressure. The beer was at a high enough pressure that even though it was at a low temperature, it wasn't frozen. When you opened it, you lowered the pressure (which is why it hisses when you open it, gas escaping), and so put it at a pressure where it would be solid given the temperature.
  • RobTheBuilder 8 Dec 2012 20:37:43 6,521 posts
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/bang/handson/super_cool.shtml
  • masc.box 8 Dec 2012 21:15:55 92 posts
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    MightyMouse wrote:
    As a guess, what phase (solid, liquid, gas) something is in depends on temperature and pressure. The beer was at a high enough pressure that even though it was at a low temperature, it wasn't frozen. When you opened it, you lowered the pressure (which is why it hisses when you open it, gas escaping), and so put it at a pressure where it would be solid given the temperature.
    This.
  • elstoof 8 Dec 2012 21:21:50 6,947 posts
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    Look on YouTube for super cooled liquids.
  • graysonavich 8 Dec 2012 21:23:54 7,320 posts
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    Ghosts.
  • TVoJ 8 Dec 2012 21:27:36 1,852 posts
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    Cheers all, now I can rest easy. That video really was great!

    Now I've just got to wait until an adult comes home to smash some ice so I can try the experiment myself!
  • MightyMouse 8 Dec 2012 23:53:27 1,127 posts
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    @Goodfella

    I should start playing the lottery.
  • Deleted user 8 December 2012 23:58:00
    RobTheBuilder wrote:
    An episode of bAng goes the theory covered it.
    This explains the comments on the front page.

    Edited by CrispyXUK at 23:58:44 08-12-2012
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