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Old 04-08-2011, 03:27 AM   #1
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Default Corny Keg Chilling Insulator

Here's an easy build that I put together tonight. I'm going to bring a keg of an APA to an office party next week and don't want to deal with ice, tubs, etc. I poked around and saw some folks doing similar things and came up with the below version. I thought I would capture my approach for others to use as they wish. Cheers, JB.

Parts:
- 1 roll Reflectix (24" x 25') - Lowes, $29
- 4 Igloo Maxcold Ice Sheet (7.5" x 18.5") - Target, $3 x 4 = $12
- 1 45" strip of velcro (I had some laying around; got it at Lowes a while back)

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I set this up as a double wall to provide good insulation and because the roll of Reflectix is huge.
After making one of these I have enough Reflectix left over to make 3 more insulators of equal dimensions.

See pics below.

1. Measure out about 75" of Reflectix and cut.
2. Add two 3-4" strips of velcro to the backside of the ice sheets (see pic below).
3. Peel off the other side of the velcro and position the sheet along one of the long edges
4. Wrap around your keg and make a mark at the top as to where you want to trim the excess. I gave myself room to get ahold of the corny handles.
5. Trim off excess.
6. Wrap around keg again and mark where the end meets (where you will place 'closure' strips to keep it from unraveling).
7. Place at least three strips of 3-4" velcro along the edge (see pic below). Be sure you give yourself some wiggle room in either direction.
8. Because I placed the ice sheets directly next to each other, there was a small gap that I filled by doubling up some Reflectix to achieve the same profile of the ice sheets. I stuck the pieces together using double-stick tape, and then stuck them to the larger sheet using the same. You can see this piece in the top view and in one of the side view pics. I guess I could have just evenly spaced the ice sheets too.



















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Old 04-08-2011, 03:33 AM   #2
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nice.. I have a bunch of relectix left over from insulating my HLT and BK, now I know exactly what to do with it!

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Old 04-08-2011, 03:47 AM   #3
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What were the results? How long does the keg stay cold?

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Old 04-08-2011, 03:57 AM   #4
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What were the results? How long does the keg stay cold?
I just built it tonight. Will get back to you on my experience next week. What I read from people who only used the Reflectix is that it kept the keg cold for 4-5 hrs on a hot day of 80-90F (not in the direct sun, I assume).
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:24 AM   #5
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This is the same material I use around my pot while heating it on the stove. (I have an induction cooktop) I guess I may need to go buy another roll now!

Sorry SWMBO HBT made me do it!

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Here is a little trick to make the pour COLD: Coil up 10 foot of beer line, and put it in a gallon ziplock filled with ice. If you are totally adverse to ice, I guess you could put several of those freeze packs in the bag.

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I'm interested in how this compares to a keglove with the ice packs (cost and how long it keeps it cold).

EDIT I see this cost about $45, about the same as a keglove with ice blanket, so I'm more interested in how long it cools compared to the keglove/ice blanket.

Thanks for sharing this!

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Cool idea, but you may be better off pricewise to just buy a KegGlove for $32.

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Here is a little trick to make the pour COLD: Coil up 10 foot of beer line, and put it in a gallon ziplock filled with ice. If you are totally adverse to ice, I guess you could put several of those freeze packs in the bag.
Cpt-Kirks, I considered a 'jockey box' approach, but went this route because I think it will be less fuss over time. And, I like to do little DIY projects like this. I convince myself that it's worth the time and effort, and is cheaper than spending the money on a store bought one. We'll see. There's definitely a lot of ways to skin this cat.
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