Clear Ice Ball Experiments
(For 8°F + Freezers)
FTS-500R Vacuum Stainless Steel Food and Beverage Bottle with Hand
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2.5 inch Silicone Ice Ball Maker
Mold Sphere Large Tray Whiskey DIY Mould DX
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1. Fill container to the top with bottled spring
2. Fill the mold and seal with finger.
3. Lower inverted mold into container.
4. Cut bubble wrap large enough to cover ball and
5. Secure bubble wrap flat side down with a rubber
6. Trim about 1" below the rubber band.
bubble wrap's flat surface faces downward and is an important
factor in that it aids directional freezing. The sides of the
mold and any exposed water surface will freeze second to the direct top
of the inverted ice ball mold. This provides additional trapped air,
insulating the sides and surface area of any exposed water thus slowing
and directionally freezing the water in the mold. Dissolved
air and particulates usually found in refrigerator/freezer
cloudiness are then
slowly pushed out of the mold's lower exit hole leaving a clear, dense
7. Place in freezer for
20 - 24 hours.
8. Break the ball mold free. Peel the
top. Extract the ice ball into the empty top.
9. Let the ice ball temper before pouring whiskey
10. Enjoy your slow melting, 2.5" ice ball or
store in a ziplock freezer bag.
Notice I removed the handle so it fits better in the freezer.
working experiments with excellent results:
Here's a vacuum
insulated container (Crown FT-05 17 oz) with the cover cut to hold the
ball mold rests on a 1 1/2" PVC stand with bottom
pressure release notches.
This is a 32
oz, Doublewall Insulated, Walmart Party Cup in an ice tea mix cardboard
container using Great
spray insulation. There is a 1 1/2" PVC stand to
support the ball mold.
This unit is a round,
.99 cent store container, with cut-out for a 16 oz Doublewall
spray insulation. Drip line tubing, razor cut, to line the
cut-out helps to insulate the cup.
16 oz Walmart Party Cup
Great Stuff Insulation Foam $3.68
the container with spray insulation. Be
sure to spray water on the foam and inside the container to help speed
Make a rough cut out for cup
placement with razor knife. Spray small amounts of foam to
fill in air pockets
and force cup into container to make a clean, air-tight fit.
At the left is the 32 oz ($2.00) Doublewall
Party Cup in the spray
container. On the right is the 16 oz ($1.00) Doublewall
Party Cup in the spray
insulated .99 cent
container. Each unit has an appropriate length 1 1/2" PVC
stand to support the
My favorite "Homemade" ice ball maker.
Great result !
This unit has a small footprint. It's
stainless steel, doublewalled, 10 oz food jar from Walmart ($11.95).
Total for the 10 oz container and ball
.... $14.34. Using bottled spring water gives a clear, round
ice ball and uses 14.5 oz of water.
Place the thermometer probe in a small
container of vegetable
oil to get an accurate reading. It's good to remember that
all freezers are not created
equal. Digital thermostats cycle according to a defined
range. Dial type thermostats can be adjusted in fine
increments vs. preselected digital programs. Freezers
maintain temperatures according
to air circulation and food distribution. Door openings will
a role in freeze time
jiggle bubbles in the freezing water, affecting ice ball clarity. Consider placing your ice ball
unit on the top shelf of the freezer. It can be warmer there by 2
- 3 degrees. Warmer settings for
produce clearer ice balls. Starting at 0 °F, set
warmer by 2 degree intervals until you get the clarity you want.
Insulator jacket for those warmer freezers:
Join two bubble wrap pieces, back to back (flat sides together), with spray adhesive.
Glue aluminum foil for heat refection to both sides of the bubble wrap.
Flatten and let cure.
These measurements are for Funtainers. Use tape and silicon adhesive to assemble.
Cut the 2" hole at a slight angle to match mold.
Slips snuggly and seals at the ball.