Keg Wraps for Any Occasion

KEG WRAPS

Whether a homebrewer or purchasing your keg from a commercial brewer, you know that beer temperature is critical to the overall experience.  Consider  keg wraps for keeping a keg cold during transport and when outside in the summer sun.keg wraps

Hypothetical #1

You are hosting a party and picking up a keg for the first time.  The distributor has limited hours and you have to pick the keg up before noon, but the party doesn’t start until later that evening.  How do you keep the keg cold so that it is ready to tap as soon as guests arrive?  Ice it in a garbage can?  Create an ice bath in your tub? Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a keg wrap that could maintain a cool temperature?

Hypothetical #2

You are catering a beautiful wedding in July.  All of the festivities are outside.  You have to set up early in the day and somehow guarantee that the beer is ready when the guests are.  You obviously cannot keep the keg out in the open in an unattractive fashion.  How do you achieve cool in temperature and appearance?

Hypothetical #3

Everyone is going to the lake for the weekend.  It’s time to unplug and enjoy the sun and sand.  You volunteered to bring a couple kegs for everyone.  Do you hope that the lake is somehow cold enough to keep the keg cold, but warm enough for your body?  Do you bring an additional giant cooler to ensure the keg stays cold?  What’s the convenient secret to keeping a keg cold?  WIsh you had a keg wrap?

Serving Guidelines

Regardless of where or when your keg is going to make an appearance, here are some general guidelines for serving:

  • All beers should be served between 38-55° F.
  • Lagers are served colder than ales.
  • Stronger beers are served warmer than weaker beers.
  • Darker beers are served warmer than lighter beers.
  • Macro lagers are served as cold as the Rockies.
  • Serve beers a few degrees colder than the target temperature, to accommodate for warming from the glass and the drinker’s hands.

Keg Wrap

There are many simple ways to keep a keg cold, but we would like to recommend a means for achieving the perfect chill that you can use over and over with no mess or stress.  Even on the hottest summer days, the Powerblanket ICE keg wrap can keep a cold keg of beer below 50 °F for up to twelve hours without ever having to change the ice packs.  Whether you are a professional caterer, or are just throwing an outdoor party for your friends, keeping your beer cold is critical to the success of your event.  

Not a Hypothetical Experiment

We even ran a controlled experiment so you can see the data for yourself.  We started with a 40°F keg of beer, wrapped the Powerblanket ICE insulated keg wrap around the keg, placed it inside a 95 °F environmental chamber and recorded the beer’s temperature for 24 hours.  After 6 hours the beer was 43 °F and had only increased 3 degrees, and after 12 hours the temperature had only increased 10 degrees to 50 °F, which is still considered optimal temperature for consuming beer.

Powerblanket ICE Portable Keg Cooler

  • Black materials absorb the sun’s energy and get hot fast.  The Powerblanket ICE insulated keg wraps have a highly reflective industrial grade white vinyl shell that reflects solar radiation to help keep a keg cold.  
  • Many insulated keg wraps are made from ¼ inch neoprene.  Powerblanket ICE insulated keg wraps contain a ½ inch thick sheet of closed cell industrial grade foam insulation that will keep your keg cool on even the hottest days.
  • Designed with 12 internal pockets to hold standard, reusable 12 oz 6” x 6” x 1” ice packs.  These ice packs are affordable and easy to find, making replacement a breeze, keep an extra set in the freezer for continuous or frequent use.
  • Easily swap ice packs out with newly frozen units for longer term use or colder temps.
  • Keg wrapt and ice packs are easily portable, along with your keg
  • Low cost beer keg cooling solution

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Source

“Proper Beer Serving Temperatures”. American Homebrewers Association. 3 March 2017. www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/proper-beer-serving-temperatures/

 

PORTABLE KEG COOLER

 

TEMPERATURE AFFECTS THE AGING

As soon as beer is made, the aging process starts. The best way to lengthen its lifespan is to put it in the fridge as soon as you bring it home — even if you don’t plan to drink it until two months later. “Store your precious beer cold (3°C/38°F) until it’s ready to drink,” advises Julia Herz from the Brewers Association. “Beer is  like bread or milk. It will advance, but when stored cold (not room temperature) that advancing of flavors and oxidation is slowed down.”

For pasteurized beer, you’ve got more time than a few months. In a course that Herz and Chef Adam Dulye taught about food and beer, they cited research from MillerCoors that stated that “storing beer in the following conditions will result in equivalent flavor loss:

  • 3 days in the trunk of a hot car (32°C/90°F),
  • 30 days at room temperature (22°C/71°F), and
  • 300 days in the refrigerator (0°C/32°F).”  Which means you have almost an entire year to drink that can of pasteurized beer before it goes bad!

KEEP BEER COLDportable keg cooler

Every beer has a shelf life. Beer will certainly “last” longer if refrigerated. That is, the flavor will evolve more slowly over time at lower temperatures. Storage at higher than room temperature will invite a turning of the beer’s flavor for the worse, often described as “skunky”.

In some cases, an aged beer might be considered to have an appealing taste, but refrigeration will still slow the aging process and keep the beer longer. Additionally, the flavor of highly hopped beers will degrade quickly (within several months) at room temperature, and most people would agree that very hoppy beers in particular should be refrigerated.

HOW TO KEEP BEER COLD

Using Water, Ice and Snow

If you are indoors and without ample space in the fridge, simply dunk your can/bottle/keg in cold water.  Depending on the size of the container, use your sink, a bucket, a cooler, or your tub.  To speed the process, add ice to the cold water and stir.  By stirring, you’re using forced convection to speed the transfer of heat out of your drink and into the ice water solution.  A small handful of salt in the ice bath will help as well. Salt lowers the freezing temperature of the water, so the water can get colder than the normal freezing temperature (0°C/32°F) without turning into ice. When outdoors, put your beverage container into a lake or stream, ensuring that your can/bottle/keg won’t float away.  Or if it is winter, put it out in the snow.

Portable Keg Cooler

If you would like a more reliable means of cooling your beer and it is in a keg, consider using the Powerblanket® ICE portable keg cooler.  Even on the hottest summer days, the Powerblanket ICE insulated portable keg cooler can keep a cold keg of beer below 10°C/50°F for up to twelve hours without ever having to change the ice packs.

Powerblanket ICE Portable Keg Cooler

  • portable keg coolerBlack materials absorb the sun’s energy and get hot fast.  The Powerblanket ICE insulated keg cooling blanket has a highly reflective industrial grade white vinyl shell that reflects solar radiation to help keep your keg cool.  
  • Many insulated keg jackets are made from ¼ inch neoprene.  The Powerblanket ICE insulated keg cooling blanket contains a ½ inch thick sheet of closed cell industrial grade foam insulation that will keep your keg cool on even the hottest days.
  • Designed with 12 internal pockets to hold standard, reusable 12 oz 6” x 6” x 1” ice packs.
  • The ice packs are affordable and easy to find, making replacement a breeze, keep an extra set in the freezer for continuous or frequent use.
  • Easily swap ice packs out with newly frozen units for longer term use or colder temps.
  • Convenient ice pack size means it will be easy to fit these ice packs into your freezer.
  • Cooling blanket and ice packs are easily portable, along with your keg
  • Low cost beer keg cooling solution
  • Keep keg beer cool for extended periods at low cost

 

portable keg cooler

Sources

Breslouer, Lee. The 5 Rules for Keeping Your Beer Fresh and Drinkable.”  Thrillist. 20 February 2017. www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/how-to-store-beer-the-5-rules-to-storing-your-beer