A neighborhood gathering in the spring prompted me to evaluate how to make my draft homebrew more portable. I’ve seen creative ways to do it with 5 gallon kegs, but opted for a small 3 gallon keg setup.
I bought a new 3 gallon ball lock keg (from My Local Homebrew Shop – my shop of choice) knowing that I could use it in my keezer, but that I could also take my beer on the go using it in a portable setup. I bought a faucet with ball lock connection, similar to this one sold on Amazon. I purchased a keg charger from MyLHBS (w/ ball lock adapter), which allows me to give the keg shots of CO2 using BB gun style cartridges (1 will last for my entire 3 gallon keg) to keep the beer flowing. My charger is similar to this one (although I purchased a different model at MyLHBS). I then purchased a Keg Glove 3 gallon insulated sleeve, along with the ice blanket to keep the keg cold. Luckily for me, More Beer had clearanced these out.
Here are the key points:
1) You must have a fully carbonated keg for this to work. The keg charger is only used every few pours to move the beer from keg to glass.
2) You must have a cold keg first. The Keglove works great to keep the keg cold for hours (even in warm temps) – but only if the keg/beer start out cold. I also keep the ice packs and the sleeve in the freezer.
Given that this is only 3 gallons and you don’t need a 5lb CO2 tank, and you don’t have to deal with melting ice bags – it’s easy to carry around wherever you go (neighborhood, beach, etc).
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