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Using a Keg as a CO2 Source for Portable Serving

This technique uses an economical inline secondary regulator to utilize a spare keg as a CO2 source to serve a keg.  I’m not suggesting this setup as a replacement for your kegerator CO2 tank.  You still need a standard CO2 tank.  What this setup could be very useful for is as a replacement for those expensive little regulators or injectors and expensive (considering how much CO2 you get) little CO2 cartridges.  One inexpensive purchase allows you to pressurize and serve your keg on the go for little to… nothing.  Keep reading.


Updated v2 Inline Secondary!

Availability Update… v2 has been sold out for sometime. As of this posting, it’s available again. Check product pages to see current availability.

An updated version of this great gadget is now available.  It’s DuoTight equipped and… has an integrated CO2 gauge.

Although this post features v1, the same concepts apply to a v2 setup with the added benefit of an integrated gauge.  Since v2 is DuoTight compatible, there would be some plumbing differences.

Something like…


More DuoTight!


The Magic Piece of Equipment

Cheap Inline Regulator – via William’s Brewing | via MoreBeer | via Amazon

These inline secondary regulators have been on the scene for a little while now.  At the price I’ve seen them at, sub $10, they are a bargain.  They also add a lot of flexibility to your draft setup, allowing you to easily and cheaply serve using multiple pressures and carbonation levels.

Note that these are inline secondary regulators.  You still need a primary regulator attached to your CO2 tank.  The idea is, you set the primary to the highest pressure you will use (without exceeding specifications of any component of your system) and then use these regulators inline (one per line) to fine tune pressure and carbonation [See: Balancing Your Draft System].  As an example, you could set your primary to 25 PSI for faster force carbonation and set each line to a different pressure based on desired carbonation level.

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Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond] – now $10 + free prime ship

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG334900GRAY Standard Bus/Utility Box, 4.625 Gal, Gray

Rubbermaid Commercial Products White Bus/Utility Box 4.625 Gallons

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Commercial-grade plastic has reinforced handles, bottom, and ribs for added strength and employee safety
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning
  • Certified to NSF standard for No. 2 food contact
  • Reinforced handles and bottom
  • Made of durable, commercial grade plastic, with reinforced handles, bottom and ribs for added strength

 

Bus Tubs HomebrewI use similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are larger at 7 1/8 Gallons] on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry items.  Having two of these helps me keep dry/clean and wet/dirty items separate and means less lugging stuff around on brew day.  See: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond

 

Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

10/18/21 1 AM Central: These have dropped to $10.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying orderPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG334900GRAY Standard Bus/Utility Box, 4.625 Gal, Gray – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Wakeman Outdoors Collapsible Multiuse Bin [cold drinks, clean up, brew day tote] – $9.92 + free prime ship

Wakeman Outdoors Collapsible Multiuse Wash Bin- Portable Wash Basin/Dish Tub/Ice Bucket with 10 L Capacity for Camping, Tailgating, More

Wakeman Outdoors Collapsible Multiuse Wash Bin- Portable Wash Basin/Dish Tub/Ice Bucket with 10 L Capacity for Camping, Tailgating, More

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • MULTIPURPOSE BIN- This collapsible bin is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. It can be used as a wash basin for dishes or hands, ice bucket for drinks, storage container for your items for camping, hiking, boating, picnicking or tailgating, and more!
  • COLLAPSIBLE DESIGN- The reusable basket has a convenient space saving design for efficient storage. It collapses to a compact 2” height, making it easy to keep in your home, garage, or packed in the car with your camping gear.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT AND SPACIOUS- The lightweight bin features a large 10 L capacity and is spacious enough to hold accessories needed for outdoor fun like smore or picnic supplies! It can even be used at home as a laundry basket or to store cleaning supplies.
  • DURABLE BUILD- The multiuse container is made from safe silicone material with a plastic rim and base for durability to withstand normal wear and tear of use outdoors. The sturdy plastic upper portion also makes it easy to grasp and carry while in use.
  • PRODUCT DETAILS- Materials: pp/TPR (plastic/plastic rubber). Dimensions: 14.75” L x 10.75” W x 5” H, Collapsed: 2” H. 10 L capacity.

 

Potential uses… clean up on brew day and beyond, ice cold drinks, use as a tote on brew day to keep items together.

10/5/21 3 AM Central: This is selling for just $9.92 (red only). Shipping is also free to many US addresses with Prime Membership [Try Prime for Free] or a qualifying order. Prices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Wakeman Outdoors Collapsible Multiuse Wash Bin- Portable Wash Basin/Dish Tub/Ice Bucket with 10 L Capacity for Camping, Tailgating, More – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions.

Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond – Save Time and Effort When You Homebrew

Bus Tubs HomebrewBus Tubs for Brew Day – A Rubbermaid Commercial Products Bus Tub/Utility Box with a Rubbermaid Commercial High Temp Pitcher and my Brew Day Whisk

I use two commercial bus tubs on brew day and beyond and find them invaluable.  They’re well made, versatile and help me save time and frustration.

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Utility Bus Tubs [Brew Day & Beyond] – $14.68 + free shipping

Vollrath 1527B-06 Vollrath 1527B Plastic Bus Box - 21-3/4'Wx15-1/2"Dx7"H

Vollrath 1527B-06 Vollrath 1527B Plastic Bus Box – 21-3/4’Wx15-1/2″Dx7″H

I use two similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are a different model from a different manufacturer and different specs] on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry items.  Having two of these helps me keep dry/clean and wet/dirty items separate and means less lugging stuff around on brew day.  See: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond – Save Time and Effort When You Homebrew

Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.

9/16/21 1:30 AM Central: These are selling for $14.68. Shipping is also free to many US addressesPrices and availability can change quickly.  Check product page for current info – More About Prices

Vollrath 1527B-06 Vollrath 1527B Plastic Bus Box – 21-3/4’Wx15-1/2″Dx7″H – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100BRN 7 1/8-Gallon Brown Undivided Bus/Utility Box


Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond]

Rubbermaid Commercial 3349 4-5/8-Gallon Capacity, 20" Length x 15" Width x 5" Height, Gray Color, High-Density Polyethylene Bus and Utility Box

Rubbermaid Commercial 3349 4-5/8-Gallon Capacity, 20″ Length x 15″ Width x 5″ Height, Gray Color, High-Density Polyethylene Bus and Utility Box


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Constructed of heavy-duty commercial-grade plastic
  • Rounded corners
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Reinforced handles and bottom
  • Measures 5″ x 20″ x 15″
  • Made of durable, commercial grade plastic, with reinforced handles, bottom and ribs for added strength
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning

I use two similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are a larger at 7 1/8 Gallons] on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry items.  Having two of these helps me keep dry/clean and wet/dirty items separate and means less lugging stuff around on brew day.

Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.

Rubbermaid Commercial 3349 4-5/8-Gallon Capacity, 20″ Length x 15″ Width x 5″ Height, Gray Color, High-Density Polyethylene Bus and Utility Box – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Also: Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG335100BRN 7 1/8-Gallon Brown Undivided Bus/Utility Box


Hands on Review: Cool Brewing Corny Keg Cooler Bag

cool brewing keg cooler bag review

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Cool Brewing Corny Keg Cooler Bag

There’s no question that bottled homebrew is a vastly more convenient method of sharing your brews than kegging. You can bring in a bottle to share with co-workers in an innocent looking bag for them to take home, or show up to a house party with a 6-pack. However, there’s also no question that taking that whole fermentor full of beer and transferring it into ONE container is a much easier task of packaging. And not having to figure out how much bottling sugar is needed for your lager vs. ale that was fermented at a cold temperature but bottled at a warm temperature, is also nice.

Just like there are products out there that make bottling easier, there are also products out there that make sharing your draft homebrew easier, too. While you can certainly fill a growler with your draft beer and have a nice compact mobile size, for those that really want it easy, Cool Brewing comes to your rescue. They make insulated bags so you can just stick your entire keg into the bag, throw in some ice, a picnic tap, and a portable CO2 regulator and you’re ready to go.


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TWO Pack Collapsible Sink [cold drinks, clean up, brew day tote]

Tiawudi 2 Pack Collapsible Sink with 2.25 Gal / 8.5L Each Wash Basin for Washing Dishes, Camping, Hiking and Home

Tiawudi 2 Pack Collapsible Sink with 2.25 Gal / 8.5L Each

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • BPA FREE and GREAT VALUE: Our collapsible sink is in thermoplastic rubber (TPR) construction that is BPA free and dishwasher safe. You only need to pay 1 but get TWO. Great value. With different color, you can distinguish which one is which easily. Imagine you are camping, you can use one to wash dishes, the other is to put clean dishes.
  • VERSATILITY: This collapsible bin is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. It can be used as a wash basin for dishes or hands, ice bucket for drinks, storage container for your items for camping, hiking, boating, and more!
  • DURABLE: Sturdy, plastic rim and base provide for additional stability. Dual carrying handles make it easy to move when filled.
  • FOLDABLE and SPACE-SAVING – This unique portable pop-up design is suitable to to keep in your home, garage, or packed in the car with your camping gear. Dimensions: 15.2” L x 11.4” W x 5.9” H, Collapsed: 2” H. 8.5 L capacity.

 

Potential uses… clean up on brew day and beyond, ice cold drinks, use as a tote on brew day to keep items together.

Tiawudi 2 Pack Collapsible Sink with 2.25 Gal / 8.5L Each Wash Basin for Washing Dishes, Camping, Hiking and Home – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


TWO Pack Collapsible Sink [cold drinks, clean up, brew day tote]

Tiawudi 2 Pack Collapsible Sink with 2.25 Gal / 8.5L Each Wash Basin for Washing Dishes, Camping, Hiking and Home

Tiawudi 2 Pack Collapsible Sink with 2.25 Gal / 8.5L Each

More Info

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • BPA FREE and GREAT VALUE: Our collapsible sink is in thermoplastic rubber (TPR) construction that is BPA free and dishwasher safe. You only need to pay 1 but get TWO. Great value. With different color, you can distinguish which one is which easily. Imagine you are camping, you can use one to wash dishes, the other is to put clean dishes.
  • VERSATILITY: This collapsible bin is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. It can be used as a wash basin for dishes or hands, ice bucket for drinks, storage container for your items for camping, hiking, boating, and more!
  • DURABLE: Sturdy, plastic rim and base provide for additional stability. Dual carrying handles make it easy to move when filled.
  • FOLDABLE and SPACE-SAVING – This unique portable pop-up design is suitable to to keep in your home, garage, or packed in the car with your camping gear. Dimensions: 15.2” L x 11.4” W x 5.9” H, Collapsed: 2” H. 8.5 L capacity.

 

Potential uses… clean up on brew day and beyond, ice cold drinks, use as a tote on brew day to keep items together.

Tiawudi 2 Pack Collapsible Sink with 2.25 Gal / 8.5L Each Wash Basin for Washing Dishes, Camping, Hiking and Home – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


Rubbermaid Commercial Bus Tubs [Brew Day and Beyond]

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG334900GRAY Standard Bus/Utility Box, 4.625 Gal, Gray

Rubbermaid Commercial Products White Bus/Utility Box 4.625 Gallons

More Info

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Commercial-grade plastic has reinforced handles, bottom, and ribs for added strength and employee safety
  • Rounded corners for easy cleaning
  • Certified to NSF standard for No. 2 food contact
  • Reinforced handles and bottom
  • Made of durable, commercial grade plastic, with reinforced handles, bottom and ribs for added strength

 

Bus Tubs HomebrewI use similar bus tubs [Note: Mine are larger at 7 1/8 Gallons] on brew day and I find them invaluable.  I keep one below my March Pump setup.  It catches drips and also offers a place to store wet items such as stirring spoons, mash paddles, my mash stirring whisk and my equally invaluable 1 gallon pitchers.  I reserve the other tub for clean and dry items.  Having two of these helps me keep dry/clean and wet/dirty items separate and means less lugging stuff around on brew day.  See: Bus Tubs for Brew Day & Beyond

 

Another potential use: ice down your favorite beverages for get-togethers.

What are Other’s Saying?   Search this product’s Amazon reviews for “brew” – may include reviews for other sizes or variations

Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG334900GRAY Standard Bus/Utility Box, 4.625 Gal, Gray – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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