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  • How Do You Make Ice

    Serious question.

    When we go into a resturant or bar be it scotch on the rocks or a plain Pepsi the ice is always CLEAR and as you nurse your drink the ice remains clear and melts down at a slower rate than the drink of your choice leaving you with what is still CLEAR ICE in cold water with a hint of your beverage of your choice at the bottom of your glass.

    No matter what we do, our ice always goes milky at the top of the cube, never lasts the entire drink and waters down the beverage rather than keeping it cold.

    We have tried adjusting our ice maker, changing the $44 dollar filter before the refrigerator says to. Even tried different bottled waters to start with.

    So how do you make really good ice?

    BG

  • #2
    Interesting topic, Bill.

    IIRC, commercial ice makers freeze the water much faster than does a home unit.

    (Or maybe that's just the propaganda they use to get you to buy commercial ice.)

    I'm sure someone will know for sure. BP
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    • #3
      http://www.icemachinemaker.com/ice-i...tal-clear-ice/

      http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/too...uestion205.htm

      http://www.instructables.com/id/make...al-clear-ice!/

      http://hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Make-Clear-Ice-Cubes

      http://www.alcademics.com/2009/10/ma...apped-air.html

      http://www.ehow.com/how_4484348_clear-ice-cubes.html

      http://www.drinkoftheweek.com/blog/h...ake-clear-ice/




      Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
      Interesting topic, Bill.
      IIRC, commercial ice makers freeze the water much faster than does a home unit.
      (Or maybe that's just the propaganda they use to get you to buy commercial ice.)
      I'm sure someone will know for sure. BP
      HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

      Jeff


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      • #4
        Do you have a water sofetener? Hard water makes cloudy ice. Highly aerated water, usually from a well with the pump set too shallow, could cloud ice as well.
        John
        1950 Champion
        W-3 4 Dr. Sedan
        Holdrege NE

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        • #5
          Back in my restaurant days I spent more time then I like to think of fighting a recalcitrant ice machine so have a pretty good idea who the things work.

          This from one of Jeff R.'s links describes it perfectly.

          If you ever look inside a restaurant ice maker, you will find that it makes ice in layers. Cold water runs continuously over a plate or a grid where the ice is forming, and the ice cubes (or ice disks in some machines) grow in layers.
          Home ice makers don't work like that, that's why our ice cubes are cloudy while the ones from big commercial machines aren't.
          Jeff DeWitt
          http://carolinastudes.net

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          • #6
            The title of this post reminded me of a ditzy gal, Carolyn, I dated some years ago.I was to pick her up after work on Friday and go out of town for the weekend.This meant bringing the requisite cooler and intoxicating beverages.When I arrived at her apartment to pick her up, she exitedly said,"I'm ready, Mark! I've been making ice ALL DAY!"The ice certianly did it's job;the drinks were the only thing cold that weekend!And no,I couldn't tell you if it was clear, partly cloudy or mostly cloudy!! lol:>)

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            • #7
              Distilled Water. Or a very good filter that gives you all the outgassing first, or boil the water first.
              Jim
              Often in error, never in doubt
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              • #8
                I just use a full shot and a splash for good measure.

                After the first drink i have forgotten all about the air in the ice and my mind is occupied with thoughts about my Studebakers. . . .
                Henry Votel,
                Forest Lake, MN
                Buying & Selling Studebaker Parts in MN & WI

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                • #9
                  To make ice, just take some water, and nag it until all its enthusiasm has evaporated.
                  Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bondobilly View Post

                    No matter what we do, our ice... never lasts the entire drink and waters down the beverage rather than keeping it cold.
                    BG
                    DRINK FASTER!!!
                    John Clary
                    Greer, SC

                    SDC member since 1975

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                    • #11
                      I connect a large coil of 1/8 pipe behind/below the refrigerator Connect the line to hot water, the trapped air bubbles aren't in the hot water, the heat removes them. The large coil helps cool the water from hot to room temperature.Not a good plan if you use the water dispenser a lot.

                      Master plumber,37 years in the trenches.

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