Summer camping with no beer! Sad right? Humans love beer so much so that it is the second most famous drink after water. I know it is your first time reading this but 7th April is celebrated as national beer day in the United States, it, of course, has a story behind it, click here to know.
What’s better than sitting back, relaxing with a chilled beer in your hand while you admire the scenery around you.
The keyword here is ‘chilled’ beer, but it seems like a serious task to keep your beer cold in summer. Because let’s face it there is no fun in having a warm beer, it tastes horrible.
When it comes to storing bear correctly, we have 3 ground rules set by bottleneckmgmt.com:
- Store your beer upright– This will decrease the risk of contamination from the cap.
- Store your beers below room temperature– A warm shelf will increase the rate at which beer loses freshness.
- Store your beers in the dark– Beers become ‘sulfurous’ when they are touched by sunlight. This is why some companies choose to use brown bottles – they block the most light and protect the beer as much as possible. This is also why kegs do not have windows.
Still don’t know the ways to ensure your beers are in the right condition? We have got you covered with how to keep your beer cold while camping.
Let’s get started, shall we?
6 Tried And Tested Ways To Keep Your Beer Cold While Camping.
Keep your beer cold will help you in maintaining the ‘brewery fresh’ taste of your beer. According to Craft Beer USA, “A general rule of thumb for the brewing industry is that beer stored at 100°F for one week tastes as old as beer stored at 70°F for two months, or as old as beer stored at 40°F for one year.”
Now you know why is it important o keep your beer cold, you should know why?
1. Replace Glass Bottles
This is the 100% effective method to keep the beer as chilled as you want for a long time. Empty all your beer in an insulated thermos or bottle. Insulation will stop the heat from outside to enter the beer and make it warm.
You don’t have to worry about broken glasses and how to store them carefully. This will save you from a lot of hassle.
If you belong to the club of ‘beer only tastes good from the glass bottles’ then we have 5 more ways that will not take away the fun of drinking beer straight out of bottles.
2. Coolers Are A Must
This is one of the obvious ways to keep anything cold- just store it with ice in a cooler. But as we mentioned above it is important to store it upright to avoid contamination.
Therefore it is important to keep checking the ice melted or not. Water cannot maintain its low temperature for too long, it will soon come to room temperature.
It is important to have separate coolers for drinks and food. Because storing meat the wrong way could also cause a problem. Here is how to pack meat properly.
3. Store In Dry Ice
The dry ice method is similar to the cooler method because it is stored in the cooler but with dry ice. Dry ice is risky to handle therefore you should handle it with care. Always cover it with something.
A pound of dry ice wrapped in a towel or something at the bottom of your cooler should suffice for several days.
4. Bury Your Beer
What if you reached the campsite and realized that your beers are not chilled? What if all the ice in the cooler melts? This is not a good situation. This method will come to your rescue.
This method is exactly like it sounds, you will be required to bury your beer bottles under the ground, but not any ground.
Store them in the hole of the ground where there is no direct sunlight to heat the ground. Direct sunlight spoils the beer. The hole should be dark, soft, and at a place where there is shade all day long.
The principle behind this method is that the ground is usually colder than the air. Digging less than a foot would do.
Make sure to mark the area where you buried your beer to save from the labor of beer hunting at night or at any point in time.
Also, make sure to cover your bottles with a plastic bag or cloth bag. This will save your bottles from dirt or soil, but don’t forget to dispose of the bags properly.
5. Windy Days Are A Bonus
This is a very interesting and fun technique to keep your beer cool. If you are out on a windy day for camping, the wind will do the job for you.
You just have to wrap your bottles in a wet cloth like a t-shirt or cloth bag, or you can also store each bottle in separate wet socks. Keep the wet cloth wrapped bottles at a place where the wind can reach easily. Water and wind will keep your beer cold.
You can hang the wet socks wrapped bottles on a branch of a tree. But make sure to not hang them too low or in the middle, they can swing due to the wind and bang to the tree’s trunk.
What’s more painful than wasting alcohol? Just keep them somewhere they can get most winds.
6. Keep It Dipped In Water
If you are in close vicinity of a running water source like a river or a stream then your beer problems are solved. Put the whole pack of beer cart ina bag with some weight in it.
Keep this dipped in the water as much as your rope allows, but not too deep. Running water sources have a low temperature in-depth since cold water is heavier than hot water.
Tie a little ribbon so that it will keep floating on the surface and you will know where they are bottles in the water. Ensure to submerge the complete bottles if you want to cool them fast. If you want to leave them for a while you can leave them half-dipped in water.
Be safe around water as it can dangerous. Avoid practicing this method at nighttime as it can not safe. This is effective for the daytime.
What Are Some Quick Ways To Get Cold Beer While Camping?
- Choose a campsite that has an alcohol shop. Just buy it at the spot and there you go. No worrying about how to carry them or how to keep them cold.
- You are at a major advantage if you are planning a winter trip. The snow is more than enough for keeping the beer chilled.
- If you are traveling in an RV or trailer you can just keep the bottles under running cold water from the faucet and you have an instantly cold beer. Don’t waste water on this, collect the water in a bucket or some container, and use it for other chores like dishes or washing.
- Chill your beer with compressed air- Hold a bottle of compressed air upside down and spray the side of a beer bottle or can for a few seconds until frost forms. Holding the can upside down is key because it makes the air that comes out extra cold. This hardly takes 30 seconds to perform.
These were some quick hacks to get a chilled beer at the campsite.
We learned why is it important to keep your beer chilled and anyway warm beer tastes horrible. We learned how to keep beer cold while camping and also the right way to do so. We also looked at some quick hacks to get a cold beer without hustling much at your campsite.
I hope these tricks helped you in one or another way. Let us know if you tried any of these cool hacks in the comment section. We would love to hear your funny beer stories.
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Until then happy camping!