Undercounter Ice Makers

  1. Scotsman CU50PA-1 Gourmet Undercounter Ice Machine

    When you have a high-end scotch or whiskey or any other beverage, the last thing you want is your final few sips to be watered down. You also don't want the tastes that can come with other kinds of ice to mingle with your drink. Gourmet style ice prevents just that. It is larger, denser, and clearer than other types of ice. This means that it melts slower for less dilution and does not impart tastes or odors into the beverage.

    The Scotsman CU50PA-1 ice machine produces a hard, clear, tasteless and odorless gourmet-style ice cube. This type of ice is ideal for high-end beverages and the discerning connoisseur as it imparts no taste or odor into the beverage as it melts. It also melts much slower than traditional ice, resulting in less dilution of the drink.

    A Perfect Gourmet Ice Machine for your Bar

    The Scotsman CU50PA-1 produces up to 65-lbs of gourmet style ice per day and the built in storage bin can hold up to 26-lbs of ice. The lower ice production makes this unit ideal for use in executive suites and for personal home use.

    The user friendly control panel of the CU50PA-1 will inform the owner or users of any status changes in the machine. The unit is Energy Star certified and approved for outdoor use, making it the perfect compliment to outdoor bar areas. The front intake and discharge vent opens up installation options as no side clearances are necessary. The 15-inch width lends itself to being installed between other appliances or in tight spaces.

    Additionally, the water-sense technology staves off scale build-up by purging hard water and dirt deposits after every freezing cycle.

    Scotsman also provides outstanding warranty protection on the CU50PA-1. A 1-year warranty on all parts and components is provided as well as a 5-year warranty on the compressor and the condenser.

    If you have an executive suite, indoor or outdoor home bar, or VIP lounge, you have need of gourmet style ice for your customers, guest, and yourself. The Scotsman CU50PA-1 is a machine worth your consideration.

  2. Choosing an Ice Machine for a Food Truck

    Food TruckIf you’re going to be serving drinks on your food truck, you probably want to get your hands on an undercounter ice machine. That way, you won’t have to depend on only the shape of the ice that you’ get from the ice vendors. But, what do you look for in an undercounter ice machine for your food truck?

    Size

    Size will most likely be the deciding factor for whether to put a specific ice machine on your truck. Many of the modern commercial ice machines can fit up to 18” wide, and they definitely fit under the counter for usage.

    Volume

    How many customers do you expect to be serving in a day? Think about it in terms of pounds of ice per customers – we’d suggest that for your average day, you should allot 1 pound of ice per customer, and then spread it out from there. We’d suggest to go a little higher than what you believe you need, to accommodate extra demand.

    Shape

    No, not the shape of the ice machine – most of those are already rectangular. We’re talking about the shape of the ice. And for that, it depends on the usage of the ice. Just as a note, your customers really like crunchy Sonic-style ice for their drinking pleasure.

    These are just a few things that you might need to take into consideration as you’re getting your food truck. There are also considerations of restaurant ovens, utensils, and other items to make it complete.

  3. U-Line Ice Machines have Style and Sophistication

    u-lineU-Line products are known for their sophisticated yet classical look. They’re not a cold grey stainless steel box. They’ve got style. They’re like the Apple of the ice machine world. Their specialties are undercounter ice machines, refrigerators, and beverage coolers. They’ve been making them for over 60 years.

    One of the advantages of U-Line’s models is that they are modular, especially the 3000 series. One of the problems of siting an ice machine is finding one that will fit in the space you have. U-Line’s 3000 series comes in 18, 24, and 36 inch models, but these can be combined in different ways to fill any available space.

    One of the great things about combining two units is that you can have separate temperature controls for each side. Need one temperature for beer and chilled mugs and another for wine? It’s not a problem if you take the flange kit they sell and connect two 18” models together.

    To list all of the U-Line models we carry would take a long time, so why not just check out our U-Line selection at the link? We’re sure you’ll find a refrigeration unit that suits your needs no matter what you have. They even have RV and marine refrigerators for your next boating party!

  4. ENERGY STAR and Easy Cleaning - The Scotsman CU3030MA-1

    Full Cube Made by HISU Undercounter Ice Machines Energy conservation is a crucial topic for any restaurant or bar that wants to maximize their profits. The more ice you can make for any given quantity of electricity and water, the better, right? The ENERGY STAR program is a good place to start looking for an energy efficient ice machine. To get an ENERGY STAR label, a machine has to undergo rigorous testing to check its resource consumption.

    Here’s an example of one of our ENERGY STAR-compliant machines. The Scotsman CU3030MA-1 is an air-cooled undercounter ice machine that can pump out quite a lot of ice. The machine can make 250 pounds every 24 hours and can hold 110 pounds in its integrated storage bin. It has a self-contained air-cooled condenser. And it’s ENERGY STAR Certified. The machine uses a mere 18 gallons of water and 8.5 kWh of electricity to make 100 pounds of ice.

    It also has user-friendly features. It has auto-alert indicator lights to tell users when something is wrong. The top lid and door remove quickly for easy cleaning. It also uses Scotsman’s WaterSense technology to purge water after every freezing cycle.

    This small machine is excellent for anyone that needs a lot of ice on a small footprint.

  5. What does the GSA Do With Ice Machines?

    GSA logo and tagAre you familiar with the U.S. General Services Administration? You can think of it as the facilities group for the federal government. From their website:

    GSA provides workplaces by constructing, managing, and preserving government buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate. GSA's acquisition solutions offer private sector professional services, equipment, supplies, telecommunications, and information technology to government organizations and the military. GSA policies promote management best practices and efficient government operations.

    They are part quartermaster, part contract negotiator, part realtor, and part IT auditor, and probably far more things than the small section we deal with here at Ice Machines Plus. But what does all this have to do with Ice Machines Plus? The GSA contracts with vendors to supply equipment to governmental facilities across the country. That means that if you're a U.S. government employee, you can purchase equipment from Ice Machines Plus at a pre-negotiated price.

    We're pleased that the federal government has allowed us to bid on government contracts for things like new ice machines and kitchen equipment for their buildings. When a new ice machine is needed anywhere in the country, Ice Machines Plus can provide it. Anything in our stock!

    Of course, we sell our equipment to anyone who visits our site too. Our wide range of ice machines from small undercounter units to the largest modular units can fulfill any customer's needs. Check out our ice machine buying guide to find the best machine for your business.

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  6. How to Increase Bar Profits with Your Ice Machine

    Bar PictureIce machines are the silent (or perhaps not so silent if they need repair!) partners behind the bar.  They are always there, producing pound after pound of ice for mixed drinks and cold buckets of beer.  Whether you have an undercounter ice machine that produces full dice cubes or a gourmet ice machine (or both), it’s always there for you. 

    How can your bar’s ice machine make your bar more money?

    1. Increases the volume of drinks

    It’s a well-known fact that bartenders will use a little more ice in the drink so that they can use a little less alcohol.  There’s quite a fine line between a great drink and a watered down one, and as a bar or restaurant owner, it’s best to skirt that line whenever possible.

    1. Crushed ice for slushies

    If you don’t already have a Spaceman USA frozen slushy or margarita machine, you can use pearl ice and nugget ice to make delicious additions to your bar.  The best bartenders are always experimenting with new drinks. Why not think about slushies?

    1. Craft Sodas

    Craft sodas are an excellent way to increase the profits at your bar.  The gourmet ice that you add from the undercounter Hoshizaki or Ice-O-Matic enhances the bubbles immensely.  Besides, you already have soda water on hand.

    Everything within your bar, including the ice machine, has the potential of bringing you profit.  There’s nothing stopping you from creating new offerings that blow your patrons away.  

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  7. How to Increase Bar Profits with Your Ice Machine

    Bar Picture Ice machines are the silent (or perhaps not so silent if they need repair!) partners behind the bar.  They are always there, producing pound after pound of ice for mixed drinks and cold buckets of beer.  Whether you have an undercounter ice machine that produces full dice cubes or a gourmet ice machine (or both), it’s always there for you. 

    How can your bar’s ice machine make your bar more money?

    1. Increases the volume of drinks

    It’s a well-known fact that bartenders will use a little more ice in the drink so that they can use a little less alcohol.  There’s quite a fine line between a great drink and a watered down one, and as a bar or restaurant owner, it’s best to skirt that line whenever possible.

    1. Crushed ice for slushies

    If you don’t already have a Spaceman USA frozen slushy or margarita machine, you can use pearl ice and nugget ice to make delicious additions to your bar.  The best bartenders are always experimenting with new drinks. Why not think about slushies?

    1. Craft Sodas

    Craft sodas are an excellent way to increase the profits at your bar.  The gourmet ice that you add from the undercounter Hoshizaki or Ice-O-Matic enhances the bubbles immensely.  Besides, you already have soda water on hand.

    Everything within your bar, including the ice machine, has the potential of bringing you profit.  There’s nothing stopping you from creating new offerings that blow your patrons away.  

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  8. Absinthe Drinks for your Gourmet Ice Maker

    220px-Absinthe-glass Ice and exotic liquors go hand in hand, and there are very few liquors as exotic as absinthe.  There are several components which make up absinthe, including anise, fennel seed, and very small amounts of wormwood.

    Wormwood got a bad reputation for causing hallucinations and other dramatic effects among its drinkers because of the component thujone.  As a result of those perceived ill effects of wormwood, the United States decided to ban its creation and import since 1915.

    However, the thujone that was inside of the absinthe and the wormwood was later found to not be the cause of the hallucinogens and other effects.  Those old reports may have been indeed been exaggerated.  Our bartenders got absinthe back in 2007, and they’ve since come up with many recipes.

    As the ice machine people, we’ve got some recipes for your absinthe cocktails.  These are from varied sources, including Originalabsinthe.com and Epicurious.com.

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    2 parts cranberry juice

    1 part orange juice

    1 part Absinthe Original

    Pour all of these carefully into a cocktail that is filled with gourmet ice.  If you choose, use some of the crushed ice or pearl ice.

    Absinthe Fizz

    1 ½ shots of Absinthe Original

    Juice of half of a lemon

    1 teaspoon sugar

    1 egg white

    Seltzer

    Shake the whole thing with full dice ice and strain into a highball glass.  Fill the rest of the glass with seltzer.

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    1 shot absinthe original

    1 shot vodka

    1 can Red Bull

    Shake all of these ingredients with ice, then pour into a gourmet ice filled Collins glass.  This is one of those tasty recipes that you’ll want to make again and again.

    We’re all fond of the green fairy, and the ice that you put into the drink will make it all the better.  Have an excellent absinthe day! 

  9. 5 Reasons Bartenders Use Ice Machines

    Bartender When you’re looking at drinks, perhaps the perfect scotch or the perfect whisky, the ice in the drink makes a huge difference as it relates to the taste of the drink.  There are many reasons that bartenders put ice into their drinks.

    1.  Adds volume to the drink

    Have you ever noticed that there are certain sized glasses for drinks, ones that appear to be perfectly made for just a few ice cubes to be added?  The ice added to drinks adds a bit of volume, so less liquor has to be put into the mix while still looking good to the eye.

    2.  Tempers the alcohol

    Some drinks, like the slushy drinks, are mixed a little bit stronger than other drinks because they have fast-melting ice included in them.  That tempering helps mellow out the booze and make it more flavorful.

    3.  Flavors the Mix

    Though the ice that you use within your drinks should be absolutely flavorless to allow the drinks to shine through, there are some who use ice that specifically flavors the mixture.

    4.  Chills the drink for best flavor

    This one was the no-brainer of the mix.  Putting ice into a drink brings the temperature of that drink down to the optimum drinking temperature, something which can be done through other means though is most easily done through the addition of ice.

    5.  Adds a conversation piece

    Well, this is for gourmet ice cubes and other types of specialty ice that is made.  There is some which can be used as a conversation piece, like clear cut ice that’s shaped to the size of the glass.

    There are many reasons that we use ice from the gourmet ice makers in mixed drinks.  Whether it’s scotch, whisky, or some other liquor, that ice should perfectly blend with the drink.

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  10. Microdistilleries Becoming More Trendy For Upscale Bars

    Two Bottles of Rum We’ve talked about artisanal ice and craft beers, but there is also a growing trend of artisan spirits and micro-distilleries.  Those small distillers are the ones who make new and unique flavors that compete with national labels.

    Micro distillers take the common spirits, like vodkas, whiskeys, rums, and more, and make them their own.  They take what’s normally on the shelf and elevate it, catapulting the ‘what if?’ onto center stage as it perhaps should be.

    The trends are leading the way, people are taking their own creativity and putting it on the market.  Not only do you have micro-distilleries, but you have micro-breweries, and micro-wineries.  Basically, the local is taking center stage.

    Now, there is one thing which unites all of the micro-distilleries together: the ice cube.  Whiskey on the rocks needs to have great gourmet ice to put it on, including the cube and clear ice.  Ice is a food, and should be paired with the best in liquors.

    Taking a small tour around the country, here are some of the micro distilleries that you can check out.

    In California, there is the Channel Islands Distillery, responsible for developing some interesting rum and tequila flavors, as well as vodka, shine, and brandy.  For those who are craving good rum drinks, these guys have it going on.

    Also from California, there’s St. George Spirits, hailing from Alameda, California.  This micro-distillery was listed as the best in Thrillist’s best craft spirits article published in 2014.   Having vodka, gin, bourbon, absinthe, rum, and other spirits, this distillery is a contender against the larger brands.

    If you’re going to Texas, check out Balcone’s Distilling, who has single malt whisky and more.  They are “cranking out some of the best whiskeys in the world according to folks like Whisky Magazine and international competitions like Wizards of Whisky.”

    Check out this Micro-distillery Map if you’re interested in learning more about craft spirits.

    If you’re trying to find the perfect undercounter ice machine to go with the perfect liquors, we can definitely help you here at Ice Machines Plus.   

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