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Title: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: richardt on July 21, 2011, 07:43:46 PM
People are always asking me to bring some of my homebrew to a party.  And I'm happy to oblige. 
Personally, I don't want to bring bottles.
I have several 5-gallon corny kegs and a 5-pound CO2 tank.
I often use a tall upright plastic kitchen trashcan to hold the keg and 10-20 lbs of ice.
The QDs make quick work of hooking up the 5-pound CO2 tank and Cobra tap.

But, it is a lot of gear to bring.  Sometimes I bring 10 gallons, and other times, I don't necessarily want to bring all 5 gallons due to the size of the party.  Sometimes, I want to be able to carry all the gear with just one trip from the car and/or offer more than one beer type.  Keeping the keg in the trash can looks kinda redneck, especially for a great craft beer.  So, aesthetics/classiness counts, too.

Are there any simpler systems that would work?  What has your experience been with them?  Here are some that I've been looking at online:

http://morebeer.com/view_product/18311/102290/Mini_CO2_Regulator_Kit (http://morebeer.com/view_product/18311/102290/Mini_CO2_Regulator_Kit)          Cost:  $134.95
http://morebeer.com/view_product/18301/102290/CO2_Injector_Ball_Lock (http://morebeer.com/view_product/18301/102290/CO2_Injector_Ball_Lock)           Cost:  $  22.95
http://morebeer.com/view_product/18291/102300/Tap-A-Draft_Homebrew_Setup (http://morebeer.com/view_product/18291/102300/Tap-A-Draft_Homebrew_Setup)  Cost:  $  69.95
http://morebeer.com/view_product/16404/102233/Draft_Box_-_Two_Faucet (http://morebeer.com/view_product/16404/102233/Draft_Box_-_Two_Faucet)          Cost:  $289.95
http://www.keglove.com/product_details.php?category_id=3&item_id=55 (http://www.keglove.com/product_details.php?category_id=3&item_id=55)             Cost:  $  51.95
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: Slowbrew on July 21, 2011, 08:14:52 PM
My solution is probably still a little "red neck" but it works really well.  I cut a corny keg sized hole in the top of am Ice Cube cooler with wheels.  All I need to carry in is the 2.5lb CO2 bottle, cobra tap and pull the cooler behind me.  It keeps the keg ice cold for days (even in temps like we've been having this week) and fits right in with any other coolers that might be sitting there.

I have seen people do the same type of thing other coolers that can hold 2 kegs.  People also use paintball CO2 bottles to make the outfits lighter.

I used to have a Party Tap and 5L kegs but they were too small for most parties and I'd have to haul in 2 or 3 anyway.

Paul
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: Tim McManus on July 21, 2011, 09:07:49 PM
Here is someone who did a nice job with a portable keg setup.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/my-new-portable-keg-system-72105/

If you strap that bad bear onto a hand truck, the whole thing becomes elegantly portable.
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: Joe Sr. on July 21, 2011, 09:23:33 PM
The tap-a-draft always seemed a little expensive to me.  For $70 you could probably get a 2.5 or 3 gallon corny on e-bay, and they're a bit more mobile than a 5 gallon.

I typically just bring growlers over to the neighbors.  But if they run out, I can dash home across the street so it's not that big of a deal.

Unless you're willing to build something like a portable cart, your best bet just might be a rolling cooler.

Ain't nothing wrong with a little redneck every now and then.

I did the trash can thing just this past weekend for our block party.  I had it on a furniture dolly with the gas in a milk crate.  Everything held together with bungee cords.  It was redneck but effective.
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: oscarvan on July 22, 2011, 02:58:58 AM
(http://www.woodenshoemusic.com/WSBW/Beer_Cart_files/P6010003.jpg)
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: euge on July 22, 2011, 05:54:18 AM
Here is someone who did a nice job with a portable keg setup.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/my-new-portable-keg-system-72105/

If you strap that bad bear onto a hand truck, the whole thing becomes elegantly portable.

This is probably the most minimal setup yet that I've seen. Perfect in my opinion. Elegant solution indeed as aforementioned.

However, I have seen pictures of kegs fitted into those cylindrical Gott coolers and a cobra tap on a hose coming out of the lid
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: phillamb168 on July 22, 2011, 07:31:13 AM
Here is someone who did a nice job with a portable keg setup.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/my-new-portable-keg-system-72105/

If you strap that bad bear onto a hand truck, the whole thing becomes elegantly portable.

I do exactly this, except with 9,7 litre kegs. They're pricier, but really, really useful for smaller parties. Plus you can bring two different beers for the same weight as one 20-litre corny.
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: euge on July 22, 2011, 08:14:53 AM
Tom is that the 2.5 gallon keg? I got a 2.5 and a 3.
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: phillamb168 on July 22, 2011, 09:05:36 AM
From Phil it's 2.5 gallons :-)
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: richardt on July 22, 2011, 02:26:03 PM
(http://www.woodenshoemusic.com/WSBW/Beer_Cart_files/P6010003.jpg)
That is a beauty, for sure. 
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: richardt on July 22, 2011, 02:27:27 PM
Here is someone who did a nice job with a portable keg setup.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/my-new-portable-keg-system-72105/

If you strap that bad bear onto a hand truck, the whole thing becomes elegantly portable.

That's the way I'm leaning, but wanted to know what other potential solutions have been created so far.
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: Slowbrew on July 22, 2011, 03:24:26 PM
(http://www.woodenshoemusic.com/WSBW/Beer_Cart_files/P6010003.jpg)

And there's Oscar.
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: euge on July 22, 2011, 05:48:55 PM
From Phil it's 2.5 gallons :-)

Uh sorry Phil. I was a little PUI last night. Wondered why Tom had gone metric... ;D
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: richardt on July 22, 2011, 06:01:57 PM
http://cruzincooler.com/parts%20products/50series/golfcaddy.htm (http://cruzincooler.com/parts%20products/50series/golfcaddy.htm)
This one is a little too crazy.
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: Will's Swill on July 23, 2011, 03:41:11 PM
Maybe my friends just drink faster (probably), but I just take a keg without anything to keep it cool.  It stays cold all by it's lonesome.
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: eltharyon on July 24, 2011, 12:38:23 AM
http://thebrewingnetwork.com/Beer-Gadgets/The-Portable-Kegerator
here's another suggestion, though only a small keg.
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: Jimmy K on July 26, 2011, 12:07:22 PM
A three gallon keg and 5lb CO2 tank with regulator fit inside a 10 gallon round cooler (the ones many use for lauter tuns). Just drill a hole at the top and install a tap. Or... there is a cube shaped blue "52 can" cooler with a handle and wheels. I saw someone once who had two put two 3 gallon kegs and CO2 tank inside and installed a tap tower on the lid.
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: Joe Sr. on July 26, 2011, 03:53:55 PM
I would try that.  Anyone know what cooler that would work with?  Or the dimensions?

I just happen to have two 3 gallon kegs AND a spare tap tower...
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: Jimmy K on July 26, 2011, 05:44:33 PM
Here is a similar one with the same cooler. Scroll down to Cpt Kirks post.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/portable-kegerator-ideas-233493/index2.html

It is an Igloo cooler. I've seen them at Lowes.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_116152-528-00045097_0__?productId=3185937&Ntt=igloo&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl__0__s%3FNtt%3Digloo&facetInfo=
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: Joe Sr. on July 26, 2011, 06:41:55 PM
That's awesome, and looks super simple.  Love the PVC tower.

I'll be rigging something that up for my son's christening in Sept.  Wish I had it for our block party earlier this month...

Thanks for the links.
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: Jimmy K on July 28, 2011, 01:51:30 PM
And this one was just posted.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=8497.0
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: timmyr on July 28, 2011, 10:47:21 PM
My recent DIY project...

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=8497.0
 (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=8497.0)
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: dcbc on August 05, 2011, 09:05:25 PM
I'm a little late to this, but this is one I copied from a guy on the NB forum.  I never got around to adding an extra faucet, but not much too it.  The 70 qt. Igloo Ice Cube can hold 2 - 3 gallon cornys.  I can also get a 20 oz CO2 paintball tank in there with a fitting for my regulator.  We take it to the family reunion ever year.  Works like a charm and rolls!

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-uyP_BLKTQGU/TKS0ZRP9UFI/AAAAAAAADk0/OAg9Gc-Mo8w/s576/Portable.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pR6o2ROk5vY/SjqiE-fV0PI/AAAAAAAACTs/yAge_LcbQ7I/s576/IMAGE_071.jpg)
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: timmyr on August 07, 2011, 12:13:31 PM
dcbc - nice build.  Looks like mine.  What'd you use to write on it? Adhesive chalkboard?
Title: Re: Best type of keg for a party somewhere else?
Post by: dcbc on August 07, 2011, 11:36:06 PM
Just spray on chalkboard paint.  Not very durable by any means.  But cheap and easy.