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A Simple DIY Cooler Kegerator In 4 Steps

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Some people cringe at the idea of BYOB.  However, craft beer drinkers and homebrewers love the opportunity to bring their own beer to any party.  I have been contemplating the idea of building one of these for some time and put that cooler to use.  Here is my DIY cooler kegerator with step by step instructions.  

This was a very easy build and only took a few tools and minimal hardware investment.  If you already have a kegerator, this DIY cooler kegerator is very cheap to build.  Feel free to comment with your own ideas below!  Cheers!

Tools Needed

RotoZip (Anything that will cut a hole in plastic will do)
Scissors
Nail
String

Hardware Needed

Roller Cooler (something with a flat surface area on the lid for your large hole)
Gas Disconnect
Corny Keg
Beer Faucet w/Liquid Disconnect
Tap Handle
Pipe Insulation
CO2 Tank w/regulator
Hose
Pencil or Sharpie

Step 1

Find the center of your cooler lid and drive a nail.  Using a string around the nail, create a 9.75 inch circle just like below.  Mark the string 4.875 inches from center.  Tie the string around a pencil or Sharpie and make a circle.  I recommend 9.75 inches because this will allow both a Corny keg (9″) and a Sixth Barrel (9.25″) room to fit.  A sixth barrel will need additional hardware to pour beer.

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Step 2

Trace a spot in the back for your CO2 tank.  I have a 5lb tank and it will not fit inside.  If you have a 2.5lb tank, you can probably skip this step since it will likely fit inside of the cooler.

Portable Kegerator

 

Step 3

Cut out your holes with the Rotozip or saw.  Make sure you do this outside and take your time.  If your cuts are not even, that is OK.  You will be placing insulation around the edges anyways.  I have terrible RotoZip skills as you can see.  

Portable Kegerator

 

Step 4

Trim the pipe insulation to fit around the edges of your cut hole.  Sit the keg into the cooler.  Lift your lid and add ice.  Attach the gas disconnect and the faucet with liquid disconnect.  You are now ready to start pouring beer.  Since the beer will be traveling such a short distance, adjust the PSI very low.  

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How To Make A Beer Can Sleeve

Beer Sleeve

Beer Sleeve

Have you ever heard of a beer can sleeve?  It is an old school trick that works extremely well to conceal a beer and disguise it as a soda. I was shocked to find out that most of my friends in the craft beer community had no idea what a beer sleeve is.  Shame on you all!

Apparently, they didn’t have a rebellious uncle who found ways around the rules and somehow enjoyed every family event. With the growing number of craft breweries switching to cans, it can be of benefit to learn how to make a beer can sleeve.  It may take a few practice attempts but you’ll get it down.  Remember, this could get you in trouble and placed in the chair of shame. Also, never drink with the cut side facing out. It should rest on the inside of your palm. I hope my How-To is clear and concise.

Here is a YouTube How-To video:

 

If you would prefer a How-To manual, read below

Tools Needed:
Soda Can
Handheld Can Opener
Sturdy Scissors

1.  With a can opener, remove the top and bottom of the can.  Make sure the cutting wheel is on the inside of the can.  Turn the dial away from you until the top and bottom are cut out.

Beer Sleeve

 

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2. Trim the top metal ring off of the can with scissors.  Trim the bottom of the can right before it tapers in with scissors.  The top should bevel in and the bottom should not.

Beer Sleeve

 

beer sleeve

3.  Find a spot on the can away from the logos and cut a line from the top to the bottom with scissors.   This needs to be a clean cut and a straight line. If you hack this up, your sleeve will not be convincing.

Beer Sleeve

4.  Roll the sleeve up and rubber band it.  This will make it coil around your beer can better.

Beer Sleeve

5.  Wrap it around your beer and smile at everyone else. Just make sure the cut side is not facing out.

Beer Sleeve

Cheers!

*Doing this can get you in trouble so don’t say we didn’t warn you.  Pepsi and Hudy are not affiliated with BeerMumbo.


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