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Old 06-29-2008, 08:32 PM   #1
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Anyone use those round 5 gallon coolers for a keg cooler. I was think that it would work for an easy (cheap) way to chill my keg for parties. I was thinking that I would put the keg in, fill it with Ice and water and cover it some how. Not sure if I should cut the lid to fit the keg or just cover it in a damp towel. Anyone ever do this? Likes, dislikes?
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Old 06-29-2008, 10:02 PM   #2
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Get some R-Max 3 from Home Depot and cut it into a round circle with a hole to stick the keg through. An alternative is a neoprene sleeve.

 
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Old 06-29-2008, 10:11 PM   #3
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I’m not sure I know what you mean. Are you talking about that pink insulation board stuff? and do you mean for a lid or for the entire thing?

Would the neoprene sleeve keep the beer cold enough long enough by itself?
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Old 06-29-2008, 10:22 PM   #4
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Get one sheet of R-Max foil backed as thick as you can. It becomes the lid.

You will drop 20-25 bucks on the cooler and 8-11 bucks on a sheet of R-max and and have a gerry rigged system, or you go get a KEGlove with an ice pack sleeve for $49.

http://www.keglove.com/product_details.php?item_id=55



I ordered a couple of these after seeing them at NHC 2008. It's a clean solution with a minimal amount of space and no more buying ice as you refreeze the ice pack each time.

 
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Old 06-29-2008, 11:10 PM   #5
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cool. i will check it out. thanks
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:22 PM   #6
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Get one sheet of R-Max foil backed as thick as you can. It becomes the lid.

You will drop 20-25 bucks on the cooler and 8-11 bucks on a sheet of R-max and and have a gerry rigged system, or you go get a KEGlove with an ice pack sleeve for $49.

http://www.keglove.com/product_details.php?item_id=55



I ordered a couple of these after seeing them at NHC 2008. It's a clean solution with a minimal amount of space and no more buying ice as you refreeze the ice pack each time.

I met the guy that makes those at a homebrew party back in March. really nice guy with a great poduct.
You can get an ice pack that goes inside it and he clames that it will keep a keg cold for like 3 days.
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:28 PM   #7
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I met the guy that makes those at a homebrew party back in March. really nice guy with a great poduct.
You can get an ice pack that goes inside it and he clames that it will keep a keg cold for like 3 days.
I'm sure that depends on ambient temps. The claims I have seen are it will keep beer cold for 8 hours. I will find out soon enough as they should arrive this week.

If I need more than 8 hours, I will get a spare ice pack to swap out. The main for me is that it is a very clean solution with much less to haul to a party, thus much less to haul back. I have never had a keg at a party last longer than 4 hours anyway.

 
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:02 PM   #8
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Made out of 1/4" thick neoprene material, sorry not that impressed unless it was 1" thick or more. What degrees air vs beer temps used for their 8 hour claim? What was the beer starting and ending temp thru those 8 hours?
I would rather purchase a sheet of 1" thick neoprene material and glue it together plus add a thin white plastic liner around it vs red which is almost as bad as black far as absorbing sun heat energy.
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41 degree beer, ambient 74 degrees. 11 degree uptick in 8 hours.

Sure 1" neoprene would be better, but you have to find it, glue it, make it easy to get on and off your keg and how much will you have spent in time and money?

Again, for me, it's a clean solution, and with my Austin heat, I think swapping the ice pack out at 4 hours will take care of keeping the beer cool till the keg is empty.

 
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:25 PM   #10
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I have been having the same thoughts- I have brewed 4 corny kegs for an upcoming fishing trip to Northern California in July- its usually about 90-100 out and last time I kept having to make expensive ice runs (I had the kegs in an uncovered garbage can). This year my buddy is bringing his ice machine- and I was going to use my 10 gallon mash tun Igloo coolers to put the keg in and I was wondering about a lid-the insulation piece sounds like a great option. The Keglove is neat-but too $$ for 2 kegs at once.

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