Spin Chill - Finalist for the $10,000 BBVA Compass Award

Another Gainesville idea is on the move, attracting attention on a national scale. 

From The Gainesville Sun 

cropped-AnthonyClark1.jpg

Trevor Abbott of Gainesville-based Spin Chill is one of five finalists for the $10,000 BBVA Compass Great Ideas for Small Business contest for his company’s Beerouette invention.

The contest launched in October through an app on BBVA Compass’ Facebook page. Five finalists were selected from 46 submissions through Facebook votes and scores by a panel of BBVA Compass judges, according to a news release.

Two $10,000 prizes will be awarded after a final round of voting that ends Wednesday, one by Facebook vote and one by a panel of BBVA judges.

The Beerouette quickly cools a can of beer or soda by spinning it in ice. The other finalists include The Centipede Sawhorse, Pool Water Purification, a healthy food app called Nutripilot and The Green Bottle Candle Company.

From Gizmag - By Brian Dodson

z2.jpg

Since the earliest days of brewing beer and making wine, the search has been on for an easy, affordable method of chilling drinks quickly without diluting them in the process. Florida-based start-up Spin Chill claims to have a solution to this vexing problem with a portable device that (literally) turns beverages ice cold in 60 seconds.

Spin Chill aims to radically shorten the time required to cool a canned or bottled beverage – 20-30 minutes if you simply put the container in the freezer. To solve this problem wouldn't seem to require more than a little planning ahead, but somehow running out of cold beer always seems to come as a surprise. Spin Chill brings this cooling time down to less than a minute.

Invented by Ty Parker and Trevor Abbott at this year's AngelHack hackathon, the basic principles of Spin Chill have been known since access to ice became common. If you spin a can in a tub of ice, it cools faster, because in spinning the can you cause convection in the can, while at the same time considerably increasing the surface area of the can that is actually touching ice.

The prototype was adapted from a power drill, a baby's bottle, and a great deal of duct tape, taking second place at the competition. Later refinements included using 3D printing to print the attachment known as the Chill Bit, which connects the power drill to a beverage container. The latest version of the Chill Bit will spin both cans and bottles.

z3.jpg

As very few of us carry power drills around to parties or while tailgating (the inventors are mechanical engineers), the next logical step was to develop a self-contained unit for spin chilling. The resulting Beerouette is waterproof, and can spin a can or bottle to near freezing in less than a minute without requiring any attention while operating.

Doesn't all this spinning cause carbonated drinks to foam over when opened? Actually, you get less foam. When the can or bottle is spinning, the tiny bubbles in the carbonated liquid rise to the top of the spinning liquid, which is on the rotation axis, where they coalesce into a single large bubble. When the spinning stops, that large bubble is at the top of the can or bottle, where it can escape without fanfare when the container is opened.

The Spin Chill products allow a beverage to be cooled essentially down to the temperature of the ice in which they are spun. If the ice is melting, the limit is a bit above freezing. However, if the ice is fresh from the freezer, a beverage can be cooled below the freezing point. Beer Slushies, anyone?

Spin Chill is currently rising funds on Kickstarter to bring the idea to market. The company's video pitch is below.

For more information on Spin Chill visit: http://www.spinchill.com/index.html

Comment

Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

 Subscribe in a reader

Subscribe to Front Street's News Page by Email