about the ice
What Is Clear Ice?
1. Clear Ice Is Pure Water
When water freezes around those air bubbles, the cloudy ice cubes are holding a lot of extra oxygen. When a carbonated drink like your favorite soda hits the ice, it reacts with the gases in the soda and causes an explosion of extra fizz. If you’ve ever been irritated by having to wait for the fizz to die down, only to discover your glass was less than half full, cloudy ice is the culprit — and clearer ice is likely to boost your quality of life if you don’t like waiting.
2. Clear Ice Cubes Melt More Slowly
All that trapped air causes white ice to melt faster than clear ice, too. A perfectly solid cube packed with only water molecules can maintain its low temperature longer — unlike cloudy ice, which reaches room temperatures faster thanks to the air bubbles. Slower melting means you get to enjoy a cold drink for longer, without worrying about it getting watered down before you get a chance to finish it.
3. Clear Ice Tastes Great
Whether you make it with tap water or distilled water, clear ice just tastes better. Because it’s pure water without the extra air, it doesn’t pick up any “off” flavors from your home freezer the way that cloudy ice can. That’s a big bonus for fans of mixed drinks — or anyone who just wants their cold one to taste exactly like it should.
How Is It Made?
We use a Clinebell machine to produce 2 300LB blocks of ice (a process that takes about 72 hours). We use an engine hoist to lift the blocks, then use a chainsaw (using food-safe oil) to cut the block into “Slabs” we then use an industrial bandsaw (typically made for butchering) to cut the ice into perfect shaped cubes.