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Hallertauer (Hallertauer)
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Username: Hallertauer

Post Number: 194
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 10:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So if I'm taking a keg to a party and wrap a camping mat around the top and put it in a cooler that only has 4 to 5 inches of ice in it, will the beer that is served stay cool? I mean the dip tube is going to the bottom of the keg right? So this should suffice in drawing out ice cold beer throughout the day right?
 

Jared (Jared)
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Post Number: 296
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 11:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Depending on if it started out cold, and how warm it is where you are taking it, it may work just fine. I wouldn't try it outdoors in the summer if you live in a hot climate. I seem to remember you live in Germany, so I think you'd be OK all around.
 

Hallertauer (Hallertauer)
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Post Number: 195
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 02:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes Jared,

It shouldn't be that hot. But it could get up into the 80's. In Germany you can't just go down to the gas station and pick up a couple bags of ice. I'd have to make my own in advance. I'll wrap the keg in the mat and stick it in the fridge on it's coldest setting. That alone should keep it cool for a while.
 

Beerman (Beerman)
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Post Number: 34
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 03:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hallertauer,
Seems like 5 inches of ice would be a little shallow to do the trick all day, but I guess it depends on how fast the keg goes.

The best keg cooler I have ever used is one I made last summer from 2" rigid foam insulation I got at HD. I made a box that was about four inches bigger than the diameter of the keg and duct taped it together. It held the keg, ice and misc bottles of what the ladies were drinking. The beer stayed cold and the ice did not completely melt over the course of a three day weekend with temperatures of 90+. Very cheap, and worked great.

JB
 

Connie (Connie)
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Post Number: 180
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 05:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use an extra ten gallon Gott cooler. Place the keg in the cooler, pack a bag of ice around it and pack a towel on top of the ice...holds very well for a couple days or so. YMMV
 

Hallertauer
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Post Number: 196
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 07:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for the very good ideas,

Too bad they don't sell bags of ice in Germany and the freezers they have are the size of shoe boxes. I'm lucky that I can store my hop pellets in the shoe box let alone make enough ice that would come close to a bag.
 

Californiacraig
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Post Number: 181
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 08:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I use a five gallon Gott cooler to keep my kegs cold.A cold keg will stay cold for four to five days. A keg starting at room temprature will have to have the ice replaced after two days.
 

Listermann
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Post Number: 171
Registered: 03-2004
Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 08:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You can buy an Igloo "Keg Kooler" that is designed to hold a half barrel. Coincidently they also exactly hold three Pepsi cornies tight enough that I have stuck a faucet stand up through the middle. It comes with a wheeled dolly.

They will also mash 65 pounds!

Dan Listermann
 

Brewzz
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Post Number: 162
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 12:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thats strange...why can't you get bags of ice in Germany?The people like to drink their beer at room temp?I know my German Oma did.
Cheers,Brewzz
 

Hallertauer
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Post Number: 197
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Brewzz,

I used to think it was all Europeans but when I was in Spain I noticed that it was no problem getting bags of ice. In pubs, Germans actually drink beer as cold as in the states, (OK not teeth numbing cold, and not served in frozen mugs) and when I go to my German neighbors for a beer I am always offered a cold one.

That's one thing I really miss about the states though. I'd love to be able to just pick up a bag of frick'en ice.

God bless America!

USA!

USA!

USA!
 

Stevemc
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Post Number: 36
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 03:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hallertauer, sounds like a profitable enterprize in the making. I'm sure you aren't the only one in your area that would enjoy the convenience of readily available bagged ice.
 

Californiacraig
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Post Number: 182
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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 01:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I dunno. Bagged ice seems a little like bottled water. You might be able to sell it here but I wonder if you could in other countries.
 

Kyle Gendron
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Post Number: 54
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2004 - 05:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I got one of those tubs with the rope handles, found a plastic trash bucket thats just slightly wider than a keg. Put the bucket in the middle of the tub, used spray foam to insulate around the bucket. Drop the keg in the bucket fill with ice and your good to go. Total cost was about $30. I got the idea from someone else.

I haven't gotten my web site posted with the process and pics to make one, but the guy I got the idea from has a web site:
http://www.schwedhelm.net/brew/kegcooler.html

It works great!