STRETCH GOAL ADDED! $12,000 GOAL WILL GET FREE RUBBER DRIP TRAY! Scroll to bottom for details.
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Why a round ice ball?
The Whiskey Barrel Ice Baller is a device that converts a block of ice into a perfect round 2.75" ice sphere, perfect for whiskey and other cocktails. The ice sphere melts slower than any other form of ice, since the surface area to volume ratio is the least of any shape. This means less dilution of your whiskey (or other beverage). And we think that's a good thing. So if you like drinking a good whiskey, perhaps with a good cigar.... a long lasting ice ball is the perfect solution.
About the Product.
Our ice ball press is unique, it's shaped like a whiskey barrel. This ice ball press is 16 pounds of aircraft grade billet aluminum and this means more thermal mass, so it is more effective and productive than smaller/lightweight ice ball presses. Our Whiskey Barrel Ice Baller is anodized black, and then re-machined a second time to highlight the bands on the barrel. This is a unique, clean, elegant look and makes our product stand out.... and hands down this is the best looking ice ball press on the market and compared to some presses, this is half the cost. Class leading features: stay up top, drainage with no mess, black anodized finish, ice ball ejector knob, the ability to laser engrave the 3” top plate for personalization, and more. After several rounds of prototyping and machining work, we have locked down our product design and we are ready for production. We have partnered with a very high quality machining firm, and have already completed a pre-production run of 5 samples so we could check out the quality and functionality of the production intent design. We are very pleased with the overall quality and these ice ball presses work great! With the support of our backers on Kickstarter, we are ready to place a larger production order. This large order will help us offset the costs up setup fees, batch manufacturing and the volume of scale is helpful for quality as well. Please join us in our Kickstarter campaign! Thank You!
Below is our Kickstarter Package Deal. This includes our Premium Ice Baller Press, 2 whiskey glasses, 4 plastic cups (molds for ice plugs), stainless ice tongs, rubber drainage hose. Everything you need to make a perfect drink. Just add whiskey! (and water to make the ice)
The top of the ice ball mold has a unique machining feature to allow you to lock the top of the mold in the up position...Making it easy to load a plug of ice and not having to take apart the mold. This keeps your countertop dry as well.
This shows the precision machining detail of the hemi-sphere, the drainage channels, and the stainless steel ejector pin (used to pop the ice ball up and out of the mold!
Turn the knob to eject the ice ball so you can grab with the ice tongs (or fingers). This pops up the ice ball 1/2 inch. Class leading.....sophisticated and finely machined like a precision watch. Also notice the precision machining and the black anodized finish.
We like the fact that our ice ball press will stay free of dripping water during the ice ball making session. Using our internal drainage passages, the water flows inside the body of the press and out the hose, into the sink or catch bucket.
Product Features list:
- Whiskey Barrel Shape
- Black anodized/contrast machined
- 16 lbs of billet aluminum-more mass is better
- Food grade stainless knob and guide rods & top knob
- 2.75" ice ball, great for large and small drinks
- Ice ball ejector knob
- Stay Up top system
- drainage system-keeps ice baller and countertop dry
- laser engraveable top plate
- drain right, left, both sides. Into sink, drain, catch bucket, drip pan
- fun and the life of the party
- great gift for someone special
- great for high end whiskey bars, home bars, kitchen countertop
Whiskey Glasses and other products of the campaign
These 11 oz. whiskey glasses are perfect for our ice ball. The shape of the glass allows for a perfect 3/4" of whiskey all around the ice ball. A 2 oz. pour is half way up the logo. Each glass features the Whiskey Barrel Ice Baller logo and is accentuated with a thick glass bottom with unique air bubble design.
Use the disposable cups as molds to freeze clean water to make the correct size ice slugs. Distilled, bottled, or boiled water works best. Slow freezing or directional freezing can produce crystal clear ice slugs. Fill to top of logo.
Use these stainless steel ice tongs to grab the ice ball from the mold . A sanitary way to put the ice ball into the drinking glass.
T-shirt included in some rewards. Cotton/poly/rayon blend. Very soft.
Black with white mesh back, with embroidered patch sewn to hat. One size fits all- adjustable rear strap.
Personalize your Whiskey Ice Baller
YOUR WORDS HERE! Personalized custom laser engraving for the $349 TOP reward. Approx 12 Characters of large font, 25 characters of smaller font. Please send words and our laser engraver will fit to the emblem plate. A great gift or for other recognition, awards, birthday or Christmas gift etc.
Weird Science. Ice balls have less surface area vs volume than any other shape of ice. ....so its science. Simple really.
Here is some background information during our design and prototyping process. Scroll down to see some of our early prototype steps. All of the machining was done by hand , except for the final barrel shape-that was contracted to a local CNC shop. Our production runs will be done at a high quality machining facility.
Above- drilling the vent hole for the top mold.in our Bridgeport vertical milling machine.
Above- Drilling the water drainage holes in the lower mold.
Our First Prototype
After we completed our prototyping phase, which took several rounds of print revisions....we ordered our 5 pre-production samples to verify our updated CAD model and drawings. All looks good, and we are ready to move to the next phase. With your help-we can launch and get funded on Kickstarter! Thank You So Much!
STRETCH GOAL- attain $12,000 Goal to get a FREE RUBBER DRIP TRAY!
Thank you so much to all of my backers so far! This drip tray is a great way to help protect countertops and also allows you to make a whiskey ice ball without the need for a sink or drainage hose option. Drip tray to be included on all pledges with the Ice Baller. Please SHARE and lets meet this stretch goal!
Risks and challenges
As stated, we have already received a 5 piece sample run from our production intent supplier. These initial samples look and function perfectly. Our machining supplier is top notch and has experience in other similar billet aluminum parts of this nature, and also has a partnership with a high quality anodizing (black finish) supplier. Our supplier uses CNC machining equipment, and our parts are very high quality. The overall risk is low. Parts will be boxed and protected in shipment. We do not foresee any major disruptions in timing or delivery for November at this point. NOTE: Due to the heavy package weight of 20 + lbs, this will ship only to the USA. Rewards with our Ice Baller will have $30 shipping added upon time of checkout.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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