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Glacious LE - The Affordable Ice Sphere Maker
Hate watered down drinks? So do we, and we've got a solution for you. Glacious LE produces slow melting ice spheres without using any electricity whatsoever. Ice spheres chill your drink without watering it down significantly, which lets you enjoy the full flavor of your drink for longer. Ice spheres are an excellent complement to your favorite soda, iced coffee, or liquor.
Know how to make crystal clear ice? You can get some fantastic results
Check out the standard and more creative uses below.
Go ahead and search for an ice sphere maker that produces something at least 60mm in size and you'll find a lot of expensive tech. We're here to change that. Some 60mm ice sphere makers can cost up to $1,100 which is insane! Glacious LE will only cost $99!
We need your help to share Glacious LE with as many people as possible Scroll down to learn how Glacious LE works, where Bevratech got its start, and how you can help us share Glacious with the world!
Why You Should Care About Ice Spheres
The above video demonstrates the longevity of spherical ice in whiskey and cola. The time lapse last for 121 minutes. Notice how quickly the drink on the right becomes watered down. We used equal volumes of ice for a fair comparison.
How quickly ice melts (a.k.a dilution rate) depends on the surface area of the exposed ice. Spheres have the lowest surface area to volume ratio of any shape. This means that your drink will not only dilute slowly, it will also stay chilled for a longer period of time than what can be provided by traditional ice cubes. Rigorous heat transfer calculations and numerous taste tests reveal that a 2.4 inch (about 60mm, 60.96mm to be exact, but we think 60mm sounds good) diameter sphere is the ideal amount of ice for most drinks served on the rocks.
Did we mention the taste testing? What seems to be the officer, problem? No I haven't had anything to drink tonight, I was just... tasting.
Bevratech was founded in July 2014 as part of the startup accelerator HackerHouse in Gainesville, Florida. Why did we bother founding Bevratech you ask? Well, we're passionate about transforming beverages into more than a drink. We think that the creation of each drink should be an experience that leaves people thinking "how the heck is that possible?" or "I need to tell everyone how awesome this is!". We want to share that experience with everyone! That thrill we all got as a kid after typing in "ASS" as our initials on an arcade machine, that's the same thrill we want to share!
Also, one fun fact. We are committed to keeping our manufacturing in America. So you can rest easy knowing that our products are produced sans sweat shop labor.
Our Story So Far
One night Paul was drinking an old fashioned with his mentor from Hackerhouse at a nice bar in Gainesville, Florida. His mentor asked the bartender for an ice sphere and to his amazement the bartender whipped out a copper ice sphere press. From this point on all Paul could think about was that dang ice sphere maker. He went and did his research. Turns out that it wasn't actually made from copper, it was just anodized aluminum that looked like copper. Copper really would have justified the nearly $1,100 price tag. "Surely I can make this cheaper", Paul thought. "I can, and don't call me Shirley", another voice in his head replied. Well, he did just that and was able to create one with a $400 price tag.
Paul bootstrapped the production of the Glacious 60mm Ice Sphere Maker. After creating a 3D printed mockup and producing a prototype, he lugged it to bars all around Florida. After getting a few sales and valuable feedback about drainage issues and ball sizes (thankfully not from a doctor), Paul founded Bevratech.
When it comes to ice spheres, size does matter. The original prototype produced a 2.75" (70mm) sphere which was less accommodating to barware than the 60mm size. The product was redesigned and subsequently featured on the popular flash sales website Touch of Modern.
While demonstrating the product to bars, Glacious would draw a crowd. People seemed interested in owning it themselves instead of going to a bar to get their ice sphere. Most people were put off by the $400 price tag, so it was time to go back to the drawing board.
Well, we listened to what was wanted and we're proud to say that we have produced our first prototype Glacious LE and we expect it to retail for $99.
How You Can Help
Selling Glacious LE for $99 is a challenge that we know we can achieve. However, without your support it will be an impossibility. The only way we can offer Glacious LE for this price is if we can buy custom tool bits to increase the efficiency of our production. Out sourcing our manufacturing to a local business in Gainesville, FL will be our initial step in production. Beyond that we hope to purchase our own CNC and lathe so that we can produce everything in house.
What About Sphere Molds?
Sure, sphere molds are a pretty inexpensive option. You get what you pay for though. If you want a cloudy, lopsided sphere that cracks when you pour liquid over it be our guest! If you know how to make crystal clear ice chunks, they make great precursor pieces for Glacious LE. If not, that's okay we've got you covered.
How Does it Work?
TL;DR Glacious uses heat transfer to quickly melt ice into a desired shape without any electricity.
Glacious LE operates on the simple properties of heat transfer. Have you ever seen a ball roll uphill on its own? No, because energy always flows from high to low, not low to high. Heat transfer is a form of energy flow that we all experience everyday. Hot things (high energy) always transfer energy to colder things(low energy).
When you touch something you don’t actually feel the temperature of the object, you feel the object’s heat transfer into or away from your finger. For example, if you’re in a room and you touch a wooden desk and touch a piece of metal on that desk, the metal feels colder. We know that the metal should be the same temperature of the desk, but our body tells us something different. What’s really happening is that our finger is transferring heat to the metal quicker than it is to the wood. How easily a material can transfer heat is a property known as thermal conductivity.
Let’s apply this to Glacious. It’s constructed from aluminum which has a high thermal conductivity, so it will easily transfer heat. We open it up, plop in an ice chunk, put the top back on, and it starts to melt the ice immediately. Energy starts flowing from the “warm”, higher energy (really just room temperature) aluminum to the low energy ice and in under a minute we have a perfect sphere.
So there you have it, we can all thank science now for making our lives a little more awesome.
Thank You For Your Support
On behalf of the Bevratech team thanks for your help and support. If you wish to see this project come to a reality, please share with your friends and look at the rewards list on the side. And if you made it this far down the page, you're awesome and we love you.
Risks and challenges
Installing the manufacturing equipment will be a rather lengthy process. This certainly will not affect you guys, the Backers, at all. We will be using our outsourced manufacturing facility in Gainesville, FL to build the above listed rewards.
Delivering on time has become a point of great concern on Kickstarter. The logistics for delivering on time has been established with our manufacturer prior to the launch of this campaign. As soon as we break our goal we will be pulling the trigger on manufacturing to reduce any potential delays that might arise. If demand is much greater than expected, we will work as diligently as possible to get your rewards delivered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Reviewers often state that the spheres produced by these molds crack, come out lop sided, and have a middle seam that spans the circumference of the sphere. Glacious LE will always create the perfect sphere. Also, a perfectly clear sphere of ice can never be achieved by the silicone and plastics molds.
Stay tuned for a tutorial!
Currently no. When we acquire more capital to purchase a die for silicone injection molding, molds will be available for Glacious LE. A cheap alternative that doesn't take up much space in your freezer are the disposable clear 9oz plastic cups. Most major retailers sell these. Example : http://www.solocup.com/products/clear-plastic-cup/
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