How to Keep a Keg Cold Using Dry Ice

Save

A keg is a small barrel containing around 30 gallons of liquid, primarily beer. Use a keg to store beverages for a few hours or a few days. Keeping the keg cold until needed is critical, and dry ice is an inexpensive solution. Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide and often is used to preserve foods and beverages. There are safety precautions, however, when using dry ice.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice chest, cooler or large, heavy-duty trash bags
  • Protective gloves
  • Buy the dry ice as close to the time of the event as possible. Buy 1/4 pound of dry ice per 5 gallons of beverages you want to keep cold, suggests the Dry Ice Info website.

  • Place the keg in a very large ice chest or cooler. Make certain the ice chest or cooler is large enough to hold the keg. Another option is a trash bag that holds at least 40 to 50 gallons.

  • Place the dry ice around the keg in the chest, cooler or trash bag. Be sure to use insulated gloves when handling the dry ice.

  • Close the ice chest or cooler tightly or securely tie the trash bag. This keeps the dry ice from sublimation, or turning to carbon dioxide gas at a slower rate. (Most ice melts and becomes a liquid, which then evaporates, but when dry ice melts, it immediately turns to gas and skips the liquid phase. This process is called sublimation.)

  • Keep the container of dry ice in a well-ventilated area, and keep windows open in a room where a keg is stored with dry ice. Even in an airtight container, the dry ice melts, releasing a small amount of carbon dioxide.

  • Remove the keg from the ice chest, cooler or trash bag when it is needed.

  • Dispose of the dry ice by placing it in a well-ventilated room. The Dry Ice Info website states that the dry ice melts at room temperature and turns into gas.

Tips & Warnings

  • If it is a keg party, keep an eye on the room with the melting dry ice so that an intoxicated person doesn't wander in and possibly succumb to the gas fumes.
  • Dry ice also can freeze beer, so don't exceed the amount suggested in Step 1.

References

  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Keep a Beer Keg Cold

    The key to a cold keg is a dark trash can. Make your next kegger a success by keeping your keg cold...

  • How to Make Root Beer Using Dry Ice

    Making homemade root beer following these time tested steps, can be accomplished in just a little over an hour, using just a...

  • How to Clean an Ice Chest

    Whether it is a collapsible six-beverage can size, a 45-quart stainless steel or a 40-quart thermoelectric chest style that plugs into a...

  • How to Keep Party Drinks Cold

    Cold party drinks begin with cold containers. Condensation on a glass, can or bottle can make drinks warm up quickly, so insulated...

  • DIY Ice Cooler

    Constructing your own homemade ice cooler comes in handy during family reunions or large cookouts. You can save time by storing drinks...

  • How to Use Dry Ice to Cool a Room

    Dry ice is the solid state of carbon dioxide. Unlike ice that is made of water molecules, dry ice does not transition...

  • How to Use Dry Ice in Drinks

    Dry ice is made of compressed carbon dioxide gas, which is generally used to keep food cold, fresh and preserved. However, dry...

Related Searches

Check It Out

13 Delicious Thanksgiving Sides That'll Make Turkey Insignificant

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!