I finally have a 4 beer tap set up, but one thing that I really need is a beer drip tray for keezer. My beer is coming off a little foamy sometimes and I need the tray to catch it.
UPDATE! I have found a better and cheaper way to mount a drip tray without screws! This magnetic shelf is almost exactly what I am looking for. And until they make magnetic drip trays, this is the way to go.
I can’t drill into the chest of the freezer, that’s where the coils are and I would most defiantly ruin it, and it also might not be strong enough.
So how do I add a drip tray to any keezer? The trick is using industrial earth magnets and an elbow bracket. The magnets are strong enough for 4 pints I placed on the drip tray to test it out. Probably more, but I could only fit that many.
Here is a link to the magnets I bought 95 lbs Holding Force Rare Earth Magnets.
Use the magnets to mount 2 -L Brackets, and place the drip tray to the brackets. You can secure it further using velcro or some rubber stoppers. It works great and is a great way to cleanly add to your keezer.
Do I need a drip tray?
The thought of spending one more dollar on this is nuts, but after 2 years of not having it, I need it.
Because the faucets are on the front it is difficult to not spill on the floor. Some beers have a good amount of head and taking the time to pour is worth it.
But it is awkward to bend over and wait for the drip to stop. Being able to set the beer down under the faucet is nice.
I’ve had a drip tray for years, I just put it on the floor. I discovered the magnets by accident and found a few others using them as well. So for a $10 more dollars, I bought them and absolutely love having the drip tray that is strong enough to hold those beers.
You are going to need something to catch the drip, or you’ll end up with sticky floors and fruit flies. There are a few hacks you could do, put a towel underneath, place plastic cups with strings around them that can hang below the faucet to catch the drips.
I’ve done all of those but was happy to find a solution to the hanging of the tray problem.
Which drip tray do I need?
You could use any, I kept it simple and got a smaller one because all my taps are close together. They make all sorts, from ones with splash guards to one that are 4 feet long.
Measure the distance from one faucet to the other, that will give you an estimate of the length you should use. It’s up to you if you want the splash guard, but I don’t think they are necessary. Keezers are easy to clean on the outside.
How to mount the drip tray
If you have a drip tray and the magnets, there is no right or wrong way.
Pick up a couple 3 or 4 inch L- brackets, that is going to be the easiest way to mount since there is extra surface space to put the magnets a few against the side of the keezer and 1 on each side of the bracket.
That should really secure this to the side, the magnets are insanely strong!
There are other ways and tools you can use to achieve the goal. I would take the tray to the hardware store and piece it together.
The total cost of parts should be under $10.
How often should I clean the drip tray
Cleaning the drip tray is essential to keeping everything sanitary and most of all keep the bugs away. It’s amazing how fast they can pop up, maybe its the beer maybe its the sweetness, who knows, but they are guaranteed to show up.
I would clean it after the weekend every couple days assuming you’re using it that much. Beer can be nasty to clean especially home brewed beer, it will grow mold so much quicker than a pasteurized miller lite style brew.
Wash it in the dishwasher or by hand like you would any for any dirty dish. It’s not brewing equipment, so you really don’t need to sanitize and keep sterile.
I honestly hate having to spend any more money on accessories for the keezer. But I think if there is one more thing to get it’s going to have to be the drip tray.
The reason for that is over pours happen, and a slow drip is worth waiting for. But the one reason I never had one is that I didn’t know how to attach it to the box.
Using earth magnets to attach it underneath the faucets is a brilliant hack I would’ve not thought.
With the drip tray and magnets, this hack cost around $40 dollars, not cheap but worth it if you use your keezer and home bar often.