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DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Oct 2, 2015, 5:18 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 3:28 pm IST
In just 15 minutes, you can make it cool enough to guzzle
As the ice melts in your beer, it also makes it more watery and less flavoursome.
 As the ice melts in your beer, it also makes it more watery and less flavoursome.

With the last few days of Oktoberfest still to be enjoyed, we thought this was the best time to give you a few tips on how to enjoy your beer to the fullest — and perhaps avert some common beer-related problems.  

Quick chill
Beer too warm to drink in this hot weather? In just 15 minutes, you can make it cool enough to guzzle. Simply wrap a damp tissue around the beer bottle. Place the bottle (with the tissue) in the freezer for 15 minutes and voila! you have an ice-cold brew ready. If you have too many bottles to chill — and they won’t all fit in your freezer, take a bucket or shallow tub, fill it up with ice and water, sprinkle salt liberally all over, dunk the bottles into this, and your bottles will be super cold soon enough.

Beer getting warm too soon
That pitcher of beer you set out for your friends was nice and cool — 20 minutes ago! Now it’s just getting warmer by the minute. What do you do? Why, you simply take a katori filled with ice and place it inside the pitcher. The bowl should float about on top, even as it keeps the temperature of the brew down.

Separate drinks
Too many beer glasses at your Oktoberfest theme bash, and can’t keep track of which glass belongs to whom? Simply hand out different coloured rubber bands to each of your guests to slip around his or her glass. No confusion!

Ice diluting the beer
As the ice melts in your beer, it also makes it more watery and less flavoursome. So, use “beer cubes” instead. Pour some beer into your ice tray and let it freeze. Instead of ice cubes, just pop these beer cubes into your drink.
 

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