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Old 04-28-2010, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default Easiest/Most affordabe way to serve beer from keg when on vacation?

Hi,

I've done a lot of reading and have seen a lot of good ideas from rolling kegerators to mini Co2 charges, but I'm not sure I can do those. I'm short on room in the car (going on a road trip) and want to take a couple of kegs with me. Whats the best/easiest way to serve my beer while away from home? Do I just need to take my 5lb Co2 tank/regulator and a picnic tap, or are there better options?

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Old 04-28-2010, 04:36 PM   #2
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lol, short on room but taking a "couple" kegs?

you can buy an adapter that allows you to use those 12gram co2 cartridges. i was just looking at it actually....

http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/review/product/list/id/441/category/41/

or just bottle. i bottle from the tap. works pretty good.

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Old 04-28-2010, 04:38 PM   #3
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IMO, most portable would be the picnic tap and one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Innovations-Cornelius-Keg-Charger/dp/B000NV9CE6

You can find a better price if you look around.

If you're careful with your CO2 bulbs (i.e. don't let your drunk friends pull the trigger), you can push and entire (carbonated) keg with less than 2 bulbs.

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Old 04-28-2010, 04:39 PM   #4
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where are you going what will be the accommodations when you get there

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I would think the space taken by a 5# tank and picnic tap is pretty much dwarfed by the kegs. How do you plan to keep the beer cooled?

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A buddy of mine uses a paintball charger for co2 dispensing and fits his keg into one of his 10 gallon coolers with ice water in it.

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Accomodations = Beach House

Short on room, yes, but I'm prioritizing.

I'm not really sure how I will keep them cool. Ice chest?

wow, this is more factors than I thought.

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fill bottles with a BMBF? Leave kegs at home.

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Accomodations = Beach House

Short on room, yes, but I'm prioritizing.

I'm not really sure how I will keep them cool. Ice chest?

wow, this is more factors than I thought.
You said road trip but you mention beach house? I was thinking taking a road trip with tapped kegs in the back might get you in trouble. Even if the final destination is a beach house where they will be tapped and consumed, I think I would just stock up on local assorted store bought beers at the beach house and maybe hit a bar or two while on vacation for a change of pace instead. Something different and easier.
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fill bottles with a BMBF? Leave kegs at home.
Thought of that, but then I thought about the fact that glass can't go on the beach or by the pool if need be, but a keg can. i thought about PET bottles, but too expensive for this one use.
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