Let’s face it: no one likes warm beer. In the arid August air of Las Vegas, though, it’s difficult to get anything else. To combat this problem, Deviant has hosted a competition the last three years at Defcon called the Beverage Cooling Contraption Contest, or BCCC. We’re not talking about something as simple as a Coleman cooler or even a peltier cooler: the devices entered in this contest have to be able to take a beer from hot to cool and your glass within minutes.
Contestants must pour 72 ounces of beer into their device where it must emerge in a continuous flow no more than one minute after having been poured. No internal reservoir is allowed; the idea is that the beer must be cooled as it flows through the device. The target temperature of the beer is 38º F, but they often start out at temperatures topping 90º F.
Raw numbers are one part of the competition, but another is efficiency and elegance of design. One design that has been entered and refined every year is a styrofoam cooler filled with a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and dry ice. The latest design dipped ziplock bags full of beer into the mixture, cooling it at a rate of nearly one degree per second. With the current rules, however, this method would not be allowed. The rules are tougher than ever, but if you want to compete, you can sign up at the Defcon forums. Defcon 16 will be on August 8-10 at
Satan’s rectum the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, and the fourth BCCC will be at noon on the 8th, next to the pool.