Yes, think of them as reusable ice cubes that will last forever.
Just store them in your freezer and when you need to cool a beverage or keep one cold pull them out and drop them into your glassware.
This depends on your freezer’s temperature, but 1-2 hours usually does the trick!
Spirit Steels are made from high quality food grade stainless steel and filled with a food safe liquid that is sealed inside.
Yes, but a simple hand rinse and dry before putting them back in the freezer is recommended.
It depends on the temperature of your drink and the amount of liquid being cooled… but a long time. The “Baller” will stay ice cold for well over 3 hours if you just set it on your counter top.
No, this is the beauty of Sprit Steels. They have so much thermal capacity that you can use the same one for multiple drinks.
No, Spirit Steel are half the density of soap stone so they don’t cause any damage. Their lightweight nature makes them much safer than stones or solid metal. We have included a video of how the Baller behaves in an average pint glass when you are finishing your drink. As long as you are aware of how they behave you will not have any issues.
Yes, they will work in any type of liquid. I even use them to cool down soups if they are too hot to eat. Below is a temperature profile for iced coffee. Three separate ceramic mugs were filled with 8 oz of 185F degree coffee and a variety of Spirit Steels.
This depends on how warm the beer was to start. A single Baller will keep a chilled beer cold (~45F) for over an hour.
No, Spirit Steels are electropolished and are made from a food grade stainless steel so they will not change the taste of the liquid they are being used in.
We recommend hand washing them with a mild soap, drying them, and tossing them in your freezer. Using an abrasive cleaner such as “Comet” will damage the surface finish and make them have a “matte” or less shiny.
No, we do not recommend that you heat your Spirit Steels above 100C. You will damage your Spirit Steels if you microwave, boil, or put them over a heat source like a stove.
Spirit Steels have ben designed to survive a 4 foot drop onto solid concrete.
If cared for properly, Spirit Steels will remain shiny for many years. Like all metal if they are cleaned with an abrasive cleaning agent the shiny surface will wear over time and turn into a “matte” finish. However, this will not effect the way they work.
No, we are not shipping internationally at this time.
No, technically we get very close, but ice is the worlds most efficient food safe, passive phase change cooling solution. The reason Spirit Steels don’t work as well, is ice floats and dissipates into the liquid. When this happens the cold liquid sinks down so it cools the liquid (if its in a tall glass) quicker than an equivalent volume spirit steel. They will cool to roughly 90% of an equivalent piece of ice (same volume), but will take a little longer. You can reduce this time buy agitating the liquid. Spirit Steels were really designed to out perform soap stones or solid metal equivalents.