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theo1069 03-17-2012 07:20 PM

Calling it a "Krute"
 
Figured this thing is done enough to show it off. Over the spring and summer I'm going to be entering a few homebrew competitions/festivals where I will have to serve my entries. I am also brewing for a friends wedding over the summer. I of course could use the tried and true kegs in a bucket of ice with picnic taps... but thats not nearly enough overkill for me. I also wanted something that wouldn't look like a college frat party for the wedding.

Needs:
-3 Keg Serving
-Cheap
-Portable (must be able to fit along with the kegs in my Jetta, with a passenger)
-Not ugly
-Did I mention cheap?

So heres what I came up with. I can fit 3 ball lock kegs (note: 3 pin locks will not fit) into a 32 gallon Brute trash can. Conveniently, a 24 inch pine table top fits nicely on top of the bin. The rest is leftover wood and trim leftover from other brewing/household projects. Drip tray is just a cheap HVAC floor vent. A 2.5lb co2 tank SHOULD fit in-between the kegs, but I haven't tested that yet. Its kind of tough to get good pictures because the 4 coats of lacquer are pretty reflective :rocking:

The wife has graciously offered to sew up a skirt of some kind that we can velcro around the trash can.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ong/photo1.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ong/photo2.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ong/photo4.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2...ong/photo3.jpg

Like I said, I'm dubbing it a "Krute".... Let me know what you all think!

Tiber_Brew 03-17-2012 07:34 PM

Pretty damn nice. Especially considering your design criteria. Cheap, nice looking, and portable.

Well done.

Reaver 03-17-2012 08:44 PM

Oh man.. you can get wheeled bases for those. It would help moving it around. And did you put a drain in bottom to let the melted ice out?

theo1069 03-17-2012 09:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Reaver
Oh man.. you can get wheeled bases for those. It would help moving it around. And did you put a drain in bottom to let the melted ice out?

I decided not to install a drain. With 3 kegs and co2 in there it is a very tight fit so I think a 20 lb bag of ice will be more than enough to fill the can. I figure I can lift and dump that pretty easy with a second person. This will be used inside for the wedding and the risk of leaks was not worth it to me. I would like to get the dolly, and may in the future... But it is $30 and that doubles my costs for the bin. Like I said, cheap.

Atl300zx 03-18-2012 12:22 PM

the skirt is really going to set this off. good job....looks great

JayberQue 03-18-2012 12:52 PM

is that a cold air return used as a drip tray? if so awesome

ryandcalvert 03-18-2012 01:28 PM

This is amazing! I take my brew to afew events and its always the loose keg and co2. I'm going to use our idea and build one for my pin locks.
Great job. Very cool

starsailor 03-18-2012 01:39 PM

Don't know if I'd want any of my homebrew bling wearing a skirt. :D

theo1069 03-18-2012 03:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JayberQue (Post 3904399)
is that a cold air return used as a drip tray? if so awesome

Yup! Got it on clearence for 6 bucks!

theo1069 03-18-2012 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ryandcalvert (Post 3904469)
This is amazing! I take my brew to afew events and its always the loose keg and co2. I'm going to use our idea and build one for my pin locks.
Great job. Very cool

Thanks! Keep in mind that the 32 gallon can is just a little too small for three pin locks because they are fatter. Rubbermaid does make a larger size brute though... That may work.


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