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Old 07-03-2008, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default Portable 5 Gallon Keg Cooler

So after seeing a number of portable keg dispensers using 3 gallon kegs, I couldn't help but get jealous. I can't justify the insane cost for a 3 gallon keg, and that's hardly enough beer to make it worthwhile.

Well I got to thinking and figured that if I get a cooler big enough to hold a corny and put some feet on one end, I can put a shank and faucet into the lid and just turn the whole thing it upright when it has reached its dispensing location.

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http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-100-Qu...5117206&sr=1-1

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mcmaster-carr 9995T91


does anyone see any flaw in this plan?

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I'm going to be using this.





That plus the faucet adapter that connects to the ball lock connector. Clean, easy, and no mess or ice to buy.

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A little more conspicuous but definitely a nice idea, I'm assuming you'll go with a CO2 cartridge rather than a tank?

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A little more conspicuous but definitely a nice idea, I'm assuming you'll go with a CO2 cartridge rather than a tank?
I can go that route, but I will be using a 12 oz. Paintball tank with it. You'll probably see it at the Zealots Summer Picnic on Lake Austin next month.

For $49 for the sleeve & ice blanket, it makes pretty good sense compared to what a cooler costs plus the expense of ice. The reusable ice blanket makes to eco-friendly too.
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does anyone see any flaw in this plan?
When you turn it on it's end, won't the melting ice leak out all over the place?
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When you turn it on it's end, won't the melting ice leak out all over the place?
That plus he'll need to strap the lid closed too.
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I figured on using a strap, but I assume that leakage would be pretty minimal. It would be for outdoor use only, I imagine.

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I use a 2-line cold plate picnic cooler, and have two 5 gal kegs in a rubber maid rubber container alone with 5lb C02 tank. It works great and can fit it all in the back seat of a sedan, until I have the need for a third keg.

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+1, Kahuna.

While I like EdWort's keg cozy, I'm not lugging a 5-gallon keg like a canteen. I'm gonna carry it somewhere and set the great heavy thing down where it will rest until (hopefully) empty.

2 kegs, gas, cold plate, 1 bag of ice. That's all I need. Hell, I usually don't even ice the kegs; I find the ice in the cold plate is sufficient. When it's really beastly hot, however, I have a couple of 5-gallon buckets in which the kegs go. Fill ice round the kegs and you're pretty much done. The bucket ice pre-chills the beer, especially if the taps are flowing fast.

If you don't want to buy/build a tap box, you also don't need to go drilling and cutting a perfectly good cooler. Just use a couple of your old buckets and hand taps.

Since all kegs draw from the bottom, you really don't have to worry about chilling the entire keg all the time. You can save ice and effort, and just ice down the bottom third of the keg in a 5-gallon bucket. I do this all the time and it works perfectly. Not as pretty as EdWort's keg cozy, but...

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I've been putting a corny in a 7 gallon bucket and using a keg charger. It leaves about 2 inches between the corny and bucket, so I just fill that with a bag of ice. It chills the bottom of the keg, where the dip tube is drawing from anyway, and serves cold beer all night. I've been very pleased.

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