Some venues are looking for ways to supplement their beverage sales due to decreased demand for beer during colder weather periods. Below, we walk you through how easy it is to retrofit existing beer equipment to dispense hot beverages when the weather turns cold and to switch back when it warms up again.
Draft portable set up for draft beer
Pictured left is a typical draft portable set-up. We begin the beer to hot beverage conversion process by disconnecting the kegs and removing them from the portable. The beer towers are then removed from the top.
Heated dispenser replaces beer towers
The hot beverage dispenser replaces the beer towers on top of the draft portable. One of the two beer tower portals is used to connect the dispener's hoses to the beverage containers and CO2 tank. The other hole is capped off. The picture at right shows the dispenser in place and the unused port closed.
Beverage containers loaded and dispenser turned on
Next step is loading the bulk beverage containers and connecting them to the dispenser. The dispenser can draw from up to 5 containers at any one time. A 96" draft portable holds 10 - 5 gallon boxes, 4 - 1/2 barrel kegs or 10 to 12 - 5 gallon soda tanks standing upright. The heated dispenser is turned on and takes 8 to 10 minutes to reach its 165 degree dispensing temperature. The picture at left shows the heated dispenser completely installed and draft portable fully loaded with 5 gallon Bag in Boxes (BiBs).
Six - 16 ounce cups a minute
The heated dispenser is ready to go! It consistently dispenses 96 ounces of hot beverages a minute. Ninety six ounces a minute translates into: 6 - 16 ounce cups per minute 360 - 16 ounce cups an hour 1800 - 16 ounce cups per 5 hour event Gravity-fed urns, cambros, or hot water and powder hot cocoa dispensers can't come close to these never seen before hot beverage dispensing rates. The picture at right shows the heated dispenser at work.