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Old 07-09-2009, 05:37 PM   #1
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I'm going camping in a few weeks, and was thinking of bringing a corny keg of homebrew. After all, what's camping without beer?

Any ideas on keeping it cold for about 2 days?

My initial thought is to put the keg in a large trash bag and fill it with ice, and keep another bag or 2 in a cooler and fill the trash bag as needed. I would get a keglove, but I don't think it'll last long enough.

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Old 07-09-2009, 06:22 PM   #2
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You're on the right track. Instead of a bag I'd use a trash can. Have fun!

Edit: Removed the comment regarding rock salt - what was I thinking?

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Old 07-09-2009, 06:28 PM   #3
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What? Rock salt doesn't slow the melting of ice, it hurries it. Yes, the water will get colder than 32 and the beer might freeze initially. I agree with the garbage can. Put the keg in, fill the void with ice, then water.

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Old 07-09-2009, 07:35 PM   #4
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take a cooler with extra bags of ice and a little bit of dry ice. The dry ice is much colder than normal ice and will keep the normal ice frozen until it's needed.

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I have a 70qt cube cooler I use as a portable kegerator. It holds two 3 gallon kegs, a paintball bottle and a LOT of ice.

I had a keg of light lager and a keg of amber ale in it with me camping last month. It has HOT, about 95* each day, but I only had to put one bag of ice in it a day.

The brew was nice and VERY cold.

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Oh, yeah.

Before camping, I took two 5 gallon kegs to a family reunion. My neighbor gets frozen steaks shipped to him. I scored a couple of the THICK foam shipping boxes from the trash. I cut holes in the top for the kegs to stick out (a little over half of the keg fit in the box). For the top of the kegs, I took an old foam sleeping pad and cut sections to fit on the keg tops. I secured the foam with duct tape. Worked like a charm.

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Old 07-09-2009, 08:35 PM   #7
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10-gallon round cooler (my mash tun).

This was two days on the pool deck in 90+ heat. I added ice twice.

Throw a white sheet over it to reflect off the sunlight.

I'm doing this again tomorrow night when the neighbors come over to swim and drink my beer.

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what I used last weekend was my HLT . The 10 gallon Igloo beverage cooler is great. I used on of those cheap little silver survival blankets to cover the top as the keg was taller than the cooler. Keg is also a pretty good fit so it wont fall over inside and I coiled the beer line around the keg so it stayed cold. Iced it up Friday night keg was already cold and Sunday there was still ice in it and the taps were covered in condensation


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Old 07-09-2009, 08:44 PM   #9
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check out the cold plate coolers. They're a bit pricy, but worth it if you're going to use it a lot

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This is from a thread on the family reunion kegs, including "jockey box":

"I fished some frozen steak boxes out of the trash, cut a hole in the lid, and made some keg coolers. I added a piece of foam pad to insulate the top of the keg.

Set up a keg of Amber Lager and a keg of Pils for the family reunion Saturday. It worked great, but the 10' of beer line coiled on top would get warm between pours.

I needed a JOCKEY BOX. Hmmm....

A gallon ziplock, with the coiled beer line inside, filled with ice. Foam free, ice cold pours!"


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