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Old 10-01-2012, 02:53 AM   #1
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Default Portable Kegerator out of 12" PVC Pipe?

So i can't afford a kegerator at this time and would really prefer something more portable without having to ice the keg separately like with a jockey box....

It looks to me that home brew kegs are about 9" x 23"...I'm considering buying a 12" wide by 36" Long PVC Pipe, sealing one side and putting a tap and a screw on cap on the other...Maybe find a way to strap the co2 bottle to the side and add some wheels....i'd just place the keg inside this tube and then dump ice inside of it

What's your thoughts on this? Will 36" Be long enough for the beer hose and ice? Is 12" going to be wide enough to fill with ice, or will the ice not fit in between the keg and the sides? Would you use a Tower attached to the screw off cap or just a tap and shank in the side?

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Old 10-01-2012, 03:01 AM   #2
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Interesting idea. I like it! My keg is 8" so 12" pipe would allow for plenty of ice room.

Wheels and a handle, it would be about like a wheeled golf bag. I like your idea of tap on the side instead of a tower.

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Instead of carrying around a huge co2 tank, you could carb it at home with the tank and then use the small attachment that uses the 5gram co2 cartridges to push it out. This would save a ton on the weight.

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Instead of carrying around a huge co2 tank, you could carb it at home with the tank and then use the small attachment that uses the 5gram co2 cartridges to push it out. This would save a ton on the weight.
Thats a good point, i was actually considering just going with a 'paintball' 20oz tank, but i was worried about it holding up for a night. But if the 5gram carts will work, that'll save me alot of trouble
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Just buy a garbage can with wheels for 10-20 bucks instead of some astronomical cost of buying a 2 foot long 12 inch diameter PVC pipe.

You can easily fit a keg and a CO2 tank depending on which garbage bin you can find....

There is a thread somewhere on this forum, in this DIY i think that i saw a few days ago of people showing their portable kegerators off.

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Just buy a garbage can with wheels for 10-20 bucks instead of some astronomical cost of buying a 2 foot long 12 inch diameter PVC pipe.

You can easily fit a keg and a CO2 tank depending on which garbage bin you can find....

There is a thread somewhere on this forum, in this DIY i think that i saw a few days ago of people showing their portable kegerators off.
I'd LOVE to do a trashcan-erator, 3ft of 12" pvc is going to cost me $60-$100....But i drive a tiny hatchback..An Acura Integra...so a trashcan isn't exactly something that is 'travel-able' for me
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I think the PVC is a cool idea, done right it will look a lot more slick than a garbage can. I used 50 gallon drum, it holds 3 kegs but is a beast to get around. I do think that having 1-1/2" inch on each side for ice might be an issue unless you beat it up real good. Maybe you could use a PVC that splits 3 way at a 45 degree angle on the bottom ( facing up) and use that extra space for more ice or to store your 20 Oz paintball tank or dispense cups.

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I got to thimking and a golf bag on wheels with a PVC or Vinyl liner would be a great idea too. You could disguise it as golf clubs and put the CO2 stuff in a dry outside pocket. All you would need to do is dump it out when your done with the ice. A fairly large golf bag from Goodwill or play it again Sports would be as cheap or cheaper than the pvc pipe and fittings and has handles and a shoulder carrying strap too. A party spigot on a hose could be tucked neatly away and it would be way slick, incognito, and nobody has one like it either. Hmmmm, got me thinkin now.........
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I got to thimking and a golf bag on wheels with a PVC or Vinyl liner would be a great idea too. You could disguise it as golf clubs and put the CO2 stuff in a dry outside pocket. All you would need to do is dump it out when your done with the ice. A fairly large golf bag from Goodwill or play it again Sports would be as cheap or cheaper than the pvc pipe and fittings and has handles and a shoulder carrying strap too. A party spigot on a hose could be tucked neatly away and it would be way slick, incognito, and nobody has one like it either. Hmmmm, got me thinkin now.........
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Actually very good idea, many golf bags are 9" or bigger, so you could put a keg in it...it has wheels, or you could even be a bad ass and throw it on your back and walk around with an entire keg on your back with a party tap...if you looked at good will or on craigslist i bet you could find one for super cheap.
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i love the golf bag idea

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