There’s nothing better or more refreshing than an ice cold beer. One of the worst things that could happen is running out of beer. Of course there are several places you can go and restock your stash. The problem is, it’s never nearly cold enough off the shelf. To counter this, many methods for cooling and keeping beer cold have been invented. Some of these methods work better than others. In order to determine the right choice, you need to decide you budget, your purposes, and how much space you need.
Reach in chillers have become popular in recent years. They are the most reliable option for an ongoing use, you can purchase different sizes depending on how much beer you need to keep at any given time. They are normally about half the size of a normal fridge 28” – 36” or so, and in bars are placed on the bar or below the counter. In bar speak, they are known as “high boys” and “low boys” depending on where they are placed in respect to the counter. These normally will have a setting of about 24 degrees which is just cold enough to make them ice cold without freezing them solid. You can put your beers in there and forgot about ‘em. They will be ready and cold whenever you are.
Of course there is that old trick of grabbing a six pack and sticking it in the freezer for several minutes. This works well to some extent, except for when you forget your beers and they freeze and can even explode or crack. The worst thing is to realize you forgot your six pack only to dash to the freezer and realize they exploded on you. Similar to using a freezer, submerging beers in a tub of ice works great, but isn’t a long-term solution, and requires a bag of ice to get going.
Cold plates are a great option for keeping your beer cold, as long as you are using a tap or kegerator system. A cold plate is basically a metal plate through which tubing and coolant draws forces the temperature of anything in contact with the plate to become cooler. These are often put on ice in coolers to keep beer cold. The one drawback is that depending on the quality of the cold plate it might not actually cool the beer as much as you would like if it starts warm. However, if the beer is already cooled, it will keep it cool and make it a little cooler. If you are only having the occasionally party, renting is another option.
At Clean Beer, we have commercial and residential options as well as rental options for cold plates. Or if you would like to go to the next level, we install beer lines and offer cleaning services for your home tap system with commercial rated line cleaner. At Clean Beer, in Milford, MA, we sell new and used beer line equipment, home kegerators, ornate and imported dispense towers, and much more. Clean Beer is the home of the clean beer line experts, contact us about your home or commercial tap needs.