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Old 07-11-2008, 04:53 PM   #1
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I enjoyed seeing all sorts of cool keg setups during visit last month to the National Homebrewer's Conference in Cincinnati. One table in particular had about 6 corny kegs of brew up on top, each with an insulated KEGLove on with a Ball Lock Faucet. The KEGLove had an ice blanket in a sleeve between the stretchy neoprene insulation to keep the beer cold and they were using a Paintball CO2 tank to push all the beer in the kegs. I thought what a great system with no coolers or ice to haul around, no hoses, no big heavy CO2 tank, and it makes for easy pack up and go.

I decided to give it a try picked up a couple sleeves for cornies and the adapters for gas and a beer faucet. Here's one of them.



It consists of a Neoprene sleeve with ice blanket from KEGLove, a 12 oz. Paintball tank CO2 system using Williams Brewing Paintball Conversion kit, and Quick Disconnect Faucet Adapter from Austin Homebrew Supply.

I did a test last night on how long it will keep liquid cold in hot Texas heat and basically it will keep beer cold in 90+ weather for 3 hours which is about how long most homebrew kegs last at parties. An extra ice blanket will keep beer colder longer and is not necessary in milder climates.

The Paintball CO2 tank is very portable and convenient to fill at most sporting goods stores and even Lowe's has a Blue Rhino swap program. Williams Brewing sells the adapter and re-oriented gauges which were a snap to install.

The faucet adapter from Austin Homebrew is a simple fitting with collar that screws onto a Ball Lock Beer Out connector with 1/4" MFL fitting. It will not work with Perlick or Shirron faucets, but the cheapies work just fine.

To pour, just vent the keg and start your dispensing pressure at 2 PSI. It does not take much to push your beer since there is no beer line to provide resistance.

It makes for a very tidy and portable system to bring beer to parties and where ever. SWMBO approves.



This will get a workout at a couple upcoming brewfests.

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Awsome. I plan to get one set up in the next few months. I want to be able to take beer to tailgates.

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Now just get some wheels to roll that sucker around on and you wouldn't even have to lift. Very cool.

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I love it!

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that looks great Ed. I was wondering if you are worried about it falling over and breaking tap, connectors or gauges. I have thought about this for when I build a portable. If you took the dip tube and cut it short you could attach a silicone hose with weighted pickup. Turn the tap around facing inward so when keg is laying on its side the tap would still have pour position. tie(or use velcro patches) the co2 tank upright to the side of the keg for roll stability. Unless you are the bartender at some point some drunk will knock it over, possibly breaking components and causing a loss of equipment, co2 or beer.

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if anyone needs a 16oz CO2 tank for cheap, here you go

http://www.actionvillage.com/is-bin/...0AAAD3QFmlA_2t

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Is the only advantage of the paintball gauges so that you don't have to turn your head to the side when you're adjusting the pressure?

Could you get off cheaper by just buying the adapter?

Very cool setup. I hope to mimic a setup similar to this for some football tailgating.

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Pffffffft... no trash can?

How is the pour, Ed? Even at 2 psi I'd expect a good deal of foam going through nothing but the dip tube.

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Is the only advantage of the paintball gauges so that you don't have to turn your head to the side when you're adjusting the pressure?

Could you get off cheaper by just buying the adapter?
Yep. I get a kink in my neck from looking at them otherwise.
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that looks great Ed. I was wondering if you are worried about it falling over and breaking tap, connectors or gauges. I have thought about this for when I build a portable. If you took the dip tube and cut it short you could attach a silicone hose with weighted pickup. Turn the tap around facing inward so when keg is laying on its side the tap would still have pour position. tie(or use velcro patches) the co2 tank upright to the side of the keg for roll stability. Unless you are the bartender at some point some drunk will knock it over, possibly breaking components and causing a loss of equipment, co2 or beer.
I'm not really worried about it. I'm past the phase in my life where people get so drunk that they start knocking things over. 5 or 6 of them were up on a table at NHC with over 1,000 drinkers milling around and nothing was knocked over or broken.

If I start taking two kegs together, they will be tied together for added stability.
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