Category Archives: Portable Serving

Hands On: 25 Quart Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler

Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler

I picked up Igloo’s 25 Quart Marine Cooler toward the beginning of this year.  I saw someone with one at an event and I really like the size and the looks of it.  I got this primarily for carrying and keeping beer and other items cold.  I’m not suggesting this as a good cooler to use as a mash tun (no drain).  I’m suggesting it’s a good cooler to use as a… cooler.

Igloo Marine Ultra CoolerClose up of the right hand side logo – Igloo Marine Ultra

Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler ReviewThe left hand side label – click to zoom.  UV Inhibitors Guard Against Sun Damage.  Long Lasting Hinges.  Stainless Steel Lid Strap.  Comfort Handles.  Made in the USA.  25 Quarts/23 Liters.  36 Can Capacity.

Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler ReviewThe lid

Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler ReviewHandle close up

Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler ReviewThis holds both larger/taller German Style bottles and 22 oz bottles.

Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler ReviewThe 22 oz bottles come very close to poking up over the top of the cooler, however, the lid has an indentation and closes fine with 22 oz bottles.

Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler ReviewYou can stack two 12 ounce cans, you can also stack a 16 oz can and a 12 oz can.  Two 16 oz cans are too tall.

Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler ReviewOf course standard and standard-ish (like these Anchor Porter) beer bottles work just fine.

Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler ReviewLoading it up

Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler ReviewMore beer

img_img_8393Without a lot of thought while packing… this cooler held all of this beer.

Igloo Cooler ReviewI’ve owned this since early 2015.  I really like it’s build quality and size.  It’s well made.  It’s compact, but can still hold quite a bit including the ability to carry larger 22 oz bottles.

Igloo Marine Ultra Cooler (White, 25-Quart)

Also Consider Lifeline’s Line of Double Wall Insulated Growlers for portable serving

Lifeline 7508 Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Barrel Style Growler • Review • Lifeline Growler Carrier • Review • Lifeline 7502 40 Ounce Growler • Review • Lifeline 7512 Silver Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Double Wall Bottle Style Growler – 750ml. Capacity • Review

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Reader Tip: Jockey Box Coils on Sale + Recent Jockey Box Finds

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Homebrew Jockey Boxes

Kegerator.com has a selection of Jockey Boxes and Jockey Box Coils on Sale.  The Jockey Boxes themselves look a bit pricey even with the discount.  The coils however look like a very good deal.  The coils are high efficiency and available in both 70 and 120 foot sizes.  They start at $76.92 and ship for free.

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Perlick 630SS Faucet and Growler Filler – Back in Stock

Perlick Perl Faucet Growler Filler

Both of these are freshly back in stock…

Revolutionary Perl ball and floating O-ring design eliminates the need for a valve shaft.

  • Front sealing faucet eliminates build-up of mold and bacteria.
  • Handle lever will not stick.
  • Stainless Steel.
  • Perlick model 630SS – replacement for discontinued 525SS
  • Compatible with Growler Filler Part# 843191

This is a great deal for the 630SS.  For comparison, check out this offering

843165 – Perlick Perl Faucet – Stainless Steel – $39.49

 843191 - Growler Filler for Perlick Perl 600 Series

Stainless Growler Filler and Tubing for use with Perlick 630SS and Perlick 650SS Flow Control Faucets.

843191 – Growler Filler for Perlick Perl 600 Series – $8.19

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Reader Photo and Feedback – Portable Refreshment Device (PRD) Jockey Box

Home Brew Stuff PRD Personal Refreshment Device

‏Thanks to Homebrew Finds Twitter Follower @BraidAndBeard – 8 Ways to Connect with HBF – for this photo and feedback…

from @BraidAndBeard – “Report: This thing is amazing. Holds about 16 lbs of ice. Water and beer are both deliciously cold.  Party nearly sucked down the entire 5 gallon keg, which was not on ice at all. Very happy with it.”

Portable Refreshment Device (PRD) Single Tap Jockey Box…

Comes Complete With:

  • 50′ SS draft coil
  • Self closing chrome beer faucet and shank
  • 7′ x 1/4″ Heavy duty Beer line
  • 1/4″ SS Female Flare fitting on the beer inlet

Portable Refreshment Device (PRD) – Single Tap Sport Jockey Box - $199 + Free Shipping

Also Consider… Mini Jockey Box – $99 + Free Shipping

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Recent Great Deals:

Brand New Italian Made 2.5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg – $94.99 Shipped

I’ve mentioned this keg 6 times since 2011.  Today’s Deal of the Day Price of $94.99 with free shipping is the second lowest price I’ve seen.  You have to go back to the 12 Deals of Christmas in 2013 to get a slightly better price of $93.49.

Italian Made 2.5 Gallon Ball Lock Keg

Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Corny Keg – NEW (2.5 gallon) KEG419 - $94.99 + Free Shipping

Description: ” High quality Italian made ball-lock style kegs with rubber top and bottom. We love the rubber tops because they provide two handles and are easier to stack. These are brand new premium made kegs that will cost more than similar kegs made in China. The difference between Italian made and Chinese made kegs is in the craftsmanship. With these Italian kegs welds are performed by laser under inert gas which means there are no nooks or crannies that will house bacteria. For three years we have been getting sample kegs from China and have rejected them all. While the quality of kegs from China is increasing it is not there yet.

Quality is important because your beer may sit in these kegs for months. If bacteria gets into a bad weld they are going to very hard to kill. Sanitizer may not be able to get into small pockets to kill the bacteria.

Kegs are 15″ tall, x 8.25″ diameter and weigh 7.5 pounds. This makes them approximately half the size of a 5 gallon keg. They fit pretty much everywhere from coolers to backpacks. These type of kegs are often referred to as corny or Cornelius kegs (the brand who made them originally) or soda kegs because in the past these style of kegs were made to hold soda syrup.” (keep reading)

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day. Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section - Here - to see if this is still available.

EDIT: Sold out at this price.  Consider these alternatives…

AIH New Double Rubber Handle 2.5 Gal Keg

Adventures in Homebrewing has brand new, two handle 2.5 gallon ball lock kegs on sale for $75.  Perfect timing for getting ready for portable summer serving.  This size keg fits nicely in a 5 gallon bucket full of ice.  Also nice for splitting 5 gallon batches or small space kegging.

Rubber handles and base.  Two handles mean you can place these upside down to easily drain and dry.

AIH New Double Rubber Handle 2.5 Gal Keg – $75

5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs are also on sale…

New 5 Gallon Corny Keg Ball Lock

AIH has these brand new NSF Certified Ball Lock Kegs on sale for… $75.

These are 1: New, 2: NSF Certified, 3: Ball Lock 4: 5 Gallon Capacity and 5: Have double rubber handles.  Typically double rubber handle kegs cost more compared to single strap handle kegs.  In all, these are marked down about $45 and are just $5.01 off Black Friday price.  These are a great deal!

From  Facebook Friend Michael… “Have one from their Black Friday sale and am very happy with it. It’s a Steal!”

Check it out – Here

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Stainless Growler Filler for Perlick 600 Series Faucets – $8.19

 843191 - Growler Filler for Perlick Perl 600 Series

Stainless Growler Filler and Tubing for use with Perlick 630SS and Perlick 650SS Flow Control Faucets.

843191 – Growler Filler for Perlick Perl 600 Series – $8.19

Related Great Deals on 600 Series Faucets…

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1 Tap Jockey Box… $99.99… Shipped

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via Home Brew Stuff.  $99.99 is a great deal for a jockey box.   To sweeten the deal… This is also bundling with HBS’ current free shipping promo.  Under that most orders (including this jockey box) ship for free with a $59 order.

This has been sold out.  The last time I have it as being available was back in January of this year.  I’m not sure how long it’s been back in stock, but availability seems to be generally touch and go on this.

Mini Jockey Box Refreshment System – $99.99 + Free Shipping

A larger 50′ Coil Model is also available for $199.

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