I am more of a lurker, but I've been pondering a situation for a bit and need to open it up to the floor.
I picked up a 60qt cube cooler with wheels with dreams of a convertable mash tun/moble kegerator. The mash tun is easy enough. I'll be doing a simple ball valve, cpvc slotted manifold. The kegerator part of the equation has me stumped. The gas side will be handled via a paintball tank, with a adapter and a single stage regulator. However Im am at a loss as to beer handling. I figure I have three options.
1. Cut a hole in the lid of the cooler, use a 5 gallon corny. Fashion some sort of plug from rigid insulation board and foil tap to plug the hole while in mash tun configuration.
pro: simple, kegs are relativley cheap and accessable. con: I may loose my ability to hold mash temp. This project shoudl be a mash tun first with secondary kegerator tendencies.
2. cough up the cash and use a 3/2.5 gallon corny.
pro: super easy con: $$$
3. Build something like these:
I was thinking about building 2 and daisy chaining them. Also using stainless for the dip tube and using barb for gas in, not a schrader.
pro: moderately easy to put togther. conIY time, energy gathering supplies. Soda bottles just ain't as cool as a real keg.
Sorry for the length, thanks for making it this far. What are peoples thoughts.
Thanks everyone, keep rocking.