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Old 11-12-2008, 09:06 PM   #1
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Default Taking my first keg camping...have questions

Hey all. I've just about rounded up everything I need to keg my first batch. I plan to take this keg (pinlock corny) camping the week after Christmas. My thought is to leave the keg in a large plastic bucket with ice, adding more ice as needed.

I am concerned with bugs in/around the picnic tap. I thought of cutting a hole in the side of a tupperware container and keeping the tap inside of that when not in use. Any suggestions?

Also, I am going to use an out of date 20# CO2 bottle to carbonate. It currently has 900lbs of pressure in it. I know that it will need to get a new hydro before getting filled. Is the air in it sufficient to get me started for the trip? Of should I just have it dumped and tested since that air is probably 8 years old?

Has anybody taken a keg camping and can share any other tips?

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Old 11-13-2008, 12:31 AM   #2
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Your tank should be ok, just be sure to get it tested when you fill it (no place should fill it without testing though). Be sure to bring some kind of CO2 tank, else you'll never get any beer out of that keg. I recommend a plastic bag and a rubber band over the tap to prevent bugs.



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Old 11-13-2008, 01:18 AM   #3
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Instead of lugging a 20# co2 tank around, I suggest going this route.

Get yourself one of these

and if your feeling like spending a few extra, one of these

When I go camping, saving space is always on tap

Oh god, that was a completely unintentional pun.
think of it this way, in the space of the 20# tank, you could put a second keg.

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Old 11-13-2008, 02:02 PM   #4
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Instead of lugging a 20# co2 tank around, I suggest going this route.

Get yourself one of these

and if your feeling like spending a few extra, one of these

When I go camping, saving space is always on tap

Oh god, that was a completely unintentional pun.
think of it this way, in the space of the 20# tank, you could put a second keg.
Stupid work computer blocked the midwestsupplies link. I'm guessing it is linking to smaller tanks? I have several 20oz paintball tanks that I could likely use I suppose. They have pin valves but I have an adapter that I could rig up to the reg.

I'm all for saving space for a second keg. That'll have to be for next year's trip though as I only own one keg, will only have one batch of beer ready in time, and swmbo would kill me if I spend any more money. lol

bsay, the rubberband idea may just be what I use. As soon as my tap comes in the mail I'll toy around with that a bit. It's gotta be relatively easy to get into, especially after already having a few pints.
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:02 AM   #5
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800 in a 20lb tank will get you through a few kegs.

Instead of getting your tank test, just swap it. Our HomeDepot had 10 and 20lb tanks, contracted through PraxAir.

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800 in a 20lb tank will get you through a few kegs.

Instead of getting your tank test, just swap it. Our HomeDepot had 10 and 20lb tanks, contracted through PraxAir.
Hmmm, interesting. You can swap air tanks at HomeDepot? I always just assumed I'd need to do it at a supply store. Me likey this idea very much. Looks like I need to make a phone call, though I'll definitely use this air up first.

I figure I'll test all of my fittings for the first time by running some cleaner through the system.

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I had an idea pop into my head this morning so I'll rehash this thread to run it by.

The plastic bag and rubberband will surely keep any buggies out of the picnic tap but would surely waste precious seconds...j/k. Anyways, what if I kept a bowl of idophor solution nearby and keep the tap submersed between pours? Wouldn't this ensure things stay sanitary? Perhaps just give the tap a li'l shake before pouring?

Bad idea? Thanks again.

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I don't think it would be a problem. It should be fine. However when I go camping, space is at a premium, and I wouldn't want to have to lug sanitizer on a camping trip.

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I assume your idea of camping involves a RV or Trailer of some sort!

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What, you don't strap a full keg to your A frame and go hiking 30 miles into the woods?

Wuss.



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