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Old 02-02-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Here's a quick & dirty portable kegerator I put together recently. I used the garbage can a few times last summer with picnic taps on the kegs. It worked pretty good so I decided to take it to the next level and add faucets and a bit of insulation (camping pad). I need to add a drain so I can attach a length of tubing to drain the water away from it. I'm thinking a bottling bucket spigot might do the trick. Other ideas are most welcome! Here are a few pics. Cheers, and thanks for looking!!!

The Portable Kegerator fully assembled:


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Top view from the back:


Rear view with the hole for the CO2 line:


I used the leftover camping pad material to insulate the lid a bit:

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Old 02-02-2012, 04:18 PM   #2
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That's a cool setup. I have a very similar one with picnic taps and regular insulation. I've been wanting to find good insulating material that is water proof. I was using several trash bags to keep the ice water away from the insulation. Have you used it yet? I'm curious how well that camping pad insulates. I take mine camping a couple times a year over a whole 3 day weekend and it needs to be able to stay cold for a while. I don't want to be buying 4 or 5 bags of ice every day.

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Old 02-02-2012, 04:40 PM   #3
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I've used the garbage can with picnic taps & no insulation with no problems but I expect the keg(s) to be empty in 8 hours or less so it wouldn't be the same application you're describing. One could cover the outside with an old sleeping bag or something I guess & get it to last a bit longer but I have no clue how long. Cheers!!!

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Yeah, we have a smaller group and can't even finish of one keg in 3 days, much less two so I'm looking at as much insulating as possible. I could even insulate the inside with something similar to what you're using and then cover the outside as well but I didn't want it to be bulky or not able to get wet in case it rained.

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If I recall correctly the R-Value of the Camping Pad is R3.3. AKA, not much. I suppose you could double insulate it. The primary reason I chose this material was the fact that it's waterproof. Here's a link to the pad I purchased: Ozark Trail Camping Pad

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I would love to use that insulating foam but I don't think it would be able to bend very well. I wish my trash can was square so I could use that stuff.

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I really dig that thing. Keep in mind that your dip tube is on the bottom. I would think as long as the lower 6-10 inches are on ice the beer should be cold all the time. I would just stuff as much of that pad type insulation around there as possible, but you need room for the ice.

All I really can say for sure is I like what you have there.

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Update: I added a drain valve, wheels and some advertising. Cheers!!!

Drain valve components:


Drain valve & furniture cart:


Drain valve inside:


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Thanks for looking!

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Looks like there might be enough room to even put a CO2 tank right in there along side the cornies- could you do so and still have enough room for a bag or two of ice?

I would imagine that if you added cold kegs, and heck, perhaps even chilled the CO2 tank first, you could keep the contents cold well through a big event, and that would make it even more compact.

Either way, great idea!

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Kudos dude! This is awesome! Gotta luv the homebrew ingenuity!

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