Commercial ice machines like the Clinebell freeze blocks of clear ice by freezing from a cold plate on the bottom, while a water pump near the surface keeps water circulating (thus preventing ice from forming on the surface). An Alcademics reader wrote me to tell me about a method he developed that sort of combines these two methods for the home user, producing a mini-Clinebell-type block.
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I tested a method of making clear ice balls at home. It works just fine.
A book on cocktail science theory and practice that I highly recommend.
Super fun slow-motion videos of a new, cheap automatic cocktail shaker that stirs drinks for you.
Alcademics readers have come up with a method to make clear ice balls using plastic molds sitting atop an insulated container. Cheap and easy!
In the new issue of Cheers Magazine, I was interviewed by writer Kelly Magyarics about ice. She covered topics relevant to bartenders, such as machines, molds, making ice in industrial quantities, the Aviary's ice program, and more.
Three articles about ice handling and a very cool video on cutting an ice block on Saveur.com.
The April issue of Drinks International magazine, which I just received in the mail, contains a series of articles about trends at the World's 50 Best Bars. I wrote the one about ice, which should come as a surprise to nobody at this point.