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Old 06-13-2011, 11:20 AM   #1
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Grill-out season in upon us and I got tired of the need to bottle beers to bring to a picnic, so, I decided it was time to build a portable kegerator. I have seen a bunch of posts and articles on building one out of a cooler but they all seemed to be for 2.5 gallon kegs - don't have any of those and don't want any...

I used a 100 quart Coleman Xtreme wheeled cooler, drilled some holes, put in a Perlick tap and a drip tray. I got a mini-regulator from Williams Brewing that runs off of paintball CO2 cartridges and ran that to the keg through a hose with a shut-off valve. The keg is held in place with two fabric straps that I fastened to the bottom of the keg. And I added a digital thermometer that I found which fit perfectly into one of the cupholders.

I positioned the corny to rest against the side of the cooler opposite the wheels because there is a sort of ledge on the other side and that side has the big handle to rest the cooler on when standing up.

I used it yesterday for the first time and it worked great. I bought a dozen of those blue freezer packs and it got the cooler down to 35 in about an hour and it stayed cold all afternoon. While it was upright, sitting on the handle, it was very stable - you would have to try to knock it over.

Overall, it was pretty easy and well worth the effort...
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:30 AM   #2
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Now that is seriously cool. My hat is off to you. I may have to shamelessly copy this.

Is there a backflow or checkvalve somewhere in this to keep beer from coming back into the regulator for when it's being towed?
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:00 PM   #3
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that is a sweet set up man!!

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Old 06-13-2011, 01:14 PM   #4
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Now that's thinking outside the box!

This looks awesome!
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Old 06-13-2011, 01:15 PM   #5
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Gunfighter: There is a an inline shutoff valve between the regulator and the keg but it has no checkvalve. You can sort of see the red-handle in the second pic... and the valve itself in the last. I just close that when it is not upright. I have only used the cooler once, so, no problems yet. I may switch the barb-connector coming from the regulator to be a valve with check like come off of the regulators in my main kegerator...

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Old 06-13-2011, 01:16 PM   #6
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Very cool!

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Old 06-13-2011, 01:22 PM   #7
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Adding to my DIY list

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Old 06-13-2011, 02:26 PM   #8
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That's a new twist, and pretty neat.

If you can fit in a five gallon bucket, you can ice the keg, and let the cooler insulation hold in the cold.

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Old 06-13-2011, 04:26 PM   #9
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That is awesome. On my list...
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:04 AM   #10
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Great first post man.
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