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Old 02-19-2009, 04:17 PM   #1
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I have seen guys using a cooler setup to take and dispense their kegged homebrew, but I could not find what exactly those things are called? I am kegging my next two batches, but will be taking them along with me a festival this spring to give out. I would love to build one of those things but I don't know what they are called to look up how to do it.

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you mean a cooler with taps sticking out of the front with the kegs feeding lines into the back of it??

It's usually called a jockey box and you'll need a plate chiller to put inside.
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:44 PM   #3
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Jockey Box! That was it, and why the plate chiller if you ice up the cooler? Maybe I am thinking of something different. I noticed another user had a cooler on wheels with a handle and it was tall enough to fit a couple of cornies in. I am guessing it was iced up however... Hmm anyone know what I am talking about?
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:52 PM   #4
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Take a look at Biermuncher's trash can kegorator build.
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:07 PM   #5
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well 3g cornies will fit nicely (tight) in an Igloo Ice Cube 70qt rolling cooler. I am currenty building one with 2 taps. The problem for most is that 3g cornies are expensive.
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Jockey Box! That was it, and why the plate chiller if you ice up the cooler? Maybe I am thinking of something different. I noticed another user had a cooler on wheels with a handle and it was tall enough to fit a couple of cornies in. I am guessing it was iced up however... Hmm anyone know what I am talking about?
If you do a "jockey box" then you'll need some sort of heat exchanger to chill the beer before serving. The main benefit of a jockey box is that you can transport the kegs separately and you don't have to keep them cold. In order to do that, you would need either a chill plate or some folks use coils inside the cooler (same idea) that would chill the beer as it passes through.

If you're talking a "portable keezer"... that would hold the cornies inside, then yeah, there are a couple build threads on there where guys have made some pretty cool ones.
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:24 PM   #7
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Take a look at Biermuncher's trash can kegorator build.
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It's easier than you'd think. This was the hover-spot at a big party last summer.

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I took a keg to a party last 4th before I started kegging. Got it from a local micro going out of business, 3 full kegs for the price of 20 per keg and got to keep the kegs. ANYWAY. I used my 25" IC inside a cooler filled with ice. Keg stayed outside the cooler and we just used a hand pump tap on the keg. The kegs were fitted with sanke taps. Running through 25ft of ice covered copper cooled it down perfectly before coming out the picnick tap.
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Jockey Box! That was it, and why the plate chiller if you ice up the cooler? Maybe I am thinking of something different. I noticed another user had a cooler on wheels with a handle and it was tall enough to fit a couple of cornies in. I am guessing it was iced up however... Hmm anyone know what I am talking about?
Not having done it myself, take this with a grain of salt. But I think you can do it cheaper if you keep the keg on ice(in a garbage can or something), then run the lines to the "jockey box" and coil some extra line in the box and ice the jockey box up. You would need to keep the ice in the jockey box some what fresh, but it would do and be cheaper than a cold place. Or you could simply do what BierMuncher did... Same idea...

 
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If I didn't have 2 3gallon cornies, I would definately go the trash can route. I guess I am having a hard time understanding why one would want to do the jockey box. I read in other threads that plate chillers work best when doing a jockey box, and if using the coils , you would want to keep kegs chilled. That's 2 things to chill? Seems like doing it all in the portable trash can would be easiest. I'm really surprised there aren't more DIY traveling keezers, I mean comon , historically kegs have been... toted all over the place. Just kind weird there arent more threads on this. I would think that the size of 5g cornies would lend themselves to travel.
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