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Old 04-06-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Default Keeping kegs cool over a long weekend

I've done some searching on this subject over the past few days and I can't seem to find a good solution. Here's my situation.

A couple of weekends a year a few of my friends and I go camping over a whole weekend. I just got into kegging this year and I need to find a way to keep a couple of kegs cool over 3 days and nights in the summer. Most of the solutions I've seen can only keep a keg cold for around 24 hours. I could go the "jockey box" route but I've read that you need to keep the kegs reasonably cool (room temp). Is this true or can the kegs be around 80 deg and still work with the jockey box? I have no problem using some kind of trash can or tall bucket and buying a couple of bags of ice every day but some say that an uninsulated trash can will need way more than a couple of bags a day to keep the kegs cold.

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I find it hard to believe that nobody takes kegs camping over the weekend and has cold beer on tap the whole time.

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Old 04-06-2011, 04:21 PM   #2
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Rent a generator and take your Keezer.

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Or get some coolers that are large enough to contain a keg (each) and fill them up with ice as needed. You could also insulate a trash can so that the ice doesn't melt nearly as fast...

What's going to be your source for all this ice? Are you going to be out in the wild, or someplace a bit more civilized?

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Rent a generator and take your Keezer.
Yeah, I'll get right on that, lol

We're camping in campgrounds where we aren't too far from a convenience store. We can get ice easily every day but I heard that an uninsulated trash can would use a lot of ice per day. I don't want to be buying 8 bags of ice every day. I guess I could wrap the whole thing in a blanket or old sleeping bag to help insulate it. Can anyone suggest a good trash can that can hold two kegs or maybe two smaller ones? I've looked online and can't find anything decent.

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I have a large cooler that I have to think would hold 2 cornies maybe even 3. That would keep them cold for a few days. Maybe something along those lines and a small trash can for the keg on tap. Keep the others in the cooler.

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Dry ice?

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Do what I am doing:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-rolling-portable-keg-dispensing-unit-237835/index1.html

Edit: Make sure you buy the 70 quart model if you want two keg capability!

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BendBrewer, I am bringing two different kinds of beer and want to have them both on tap at the same time.

kpr121, I've seen your trash can unit. Very cool but I don't have the money right now or the means to transport such a big thing. I would love to find a cooler that is big enough for two cornies standing up but I'll bet it would be expensive and way too big to haul as well.

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Find a relatively deep cooler like the igloo ice cube and then wrap the top of the kegs. The ice will last a lot longer if you take the simple precaution of keeping warm air away from it. Another alternative would be to find a trash can that is just big enough to hold two cornies, then find a bigger trash can that would hold the small one with 3-4 inches between and fill the space with minimally expanding foam.

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I've seen the 70 quart igloo cube cooler for 40 bucks at Sams Club. You don't necessarily need to build the wooden half box to top it, just use a blanket. Like camiller said, its the warm air that you want to avoid. You get very little thermal loss through the lid since the cold heavy air sinks. In fact, most lids to coolers are not even insulated.

40 bucks plus another $20ish for a keg charger/picnic tap setup = 60 bucks. I would imagine that you could get by with two bags of ice for the whole weekend (as long as its not sitting out in the sun on a 90+ day). You'll probably make up for the cost in a few trips when you compare it to buying 9 bags of ice.

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