• Home
  • How To Size A Walk-In Cooler

header1

  • Home
  • How To Size A Walk-In Cooler

Design Buzz

A blog site for those interested in today's bar and nightclub design trends, including interviews and product reviews

Bar Design - How To Size A Walk-In Cooler For A Draft Beer System

What size walk-in cooler do you need? 


If you’re planning a draft beer system I’ll help you with the design criteria to select the right walk-in cooler. Stay tuned!


BAR DESIGN – HOW TO SIZE A WALK-IN COOLER FOR A DRAFT BEER SYSTEM

First, a little background information is necessary in making any purchasing decision. There are two types of walk-in coolers:PHOTO OF OUTDOOR WALK IN COOLER prefabricated and built-to-order. This story is about the prefabricated variety. This type of walk-in cooler consists of urethane panels and is economical, easy to expand and relocate. The elements that compose the walk-in cooler are the walls, floor, door and refrigeration system. The walls, which range from 3 ½” – 5” in thickness, consist of insulation sandwiched between thin sheets of galvanized steel or aluminum. As I mentioned in an earlier post (ref. below), walk-in coolers used for beer walls require special design and engineering. Many owners will utilize a rack system to make more efficient use of the cube and in such applications a floor system isn’t practical. Refrigeration systems can be mounted overhead or on a side panel, if the room has a low ceiling. The door should have a self-closing mechanism in order to conserve energy. Walk-in coolers can be installed indoors and outdoors and offered by numerous companies in a wide variety of quick-ship sizes. Up next, be careful how you use your walk-in cooler.

Draft beer requires the temperature to be carefully maintained between 36° - 38°F and this is impossible to maintain when theIMAGE OF WALK IN COOLER WITH KEG STACKER door is being constantly open and shut. Rising temperatures in walk-in coolers – even one or two degrees – will result in excessive beer foaming – and lost profits! Therefore, case beer should never be stored in the same walk-in cooler as draft beer.

The size of the walk-in cooler is driven by the amount of beer you sell and the number of brands. A small walk-in cooler can be selected if a bar sells a moderate amount of draft beer. The bar shown here is a system featuring 10 brands of draft beer. As with most bars, it’s important to carry at least three of the largest U.S. domestic beers, such as Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors. Therefore, in this example that means we have to accommodate space for seven craft beers. The U.S. domestics are commonly sold in ½ barrels (15.5 gallons) and craft beers are most commonly sold in sixtels (1/6 barrels, which are 5.16 barrels) and less commonly in slim ¼ barrels (7.75 gallons), as shown in this chart. Barrels need to be stacked inside the walk-in cooler, as shown in this photo: ½ barrels are normally stacked in racks and the craft beers are commonly stacked with a device known as a “slim keg stacker,” such as this one manufactured by DeVault and featured by many web retailers. The advantage of the slim keg stacker is that it allows two kegs of the same product to be connected to the glycol system. Getting back to our example, I’ve designed seven sixtels to be double-stacked on one long wall, four slim ¼ barrels to be double-stacked on the opposite wall and three ½ barrels to be double-stacked on the short wall. Additionally, a row of backups is placed in front of each brand, designated in red in this layout, which can be downloaded at the end of this article. The capacity of this 6’ x 8’ walk-in cooler design is 21 sixtels, 12 slim ¼ barrels and six ½ barrels. This means that a total of 14 brands could be stored in this walk-in cooler. Of course, depending on the popularity of certain products, the configuration can easily be changed.

Contact Us:
http://cabaretdesigners.com/contact-us

Check-out my recommendations for great bar products and accessories here: http://astore.amazon.com/c0fe6a-20
Subscribe to Cabaret Design Group Here: https://www.youtube.com/c/Cabaretdesigners?sub_confirmation=1

QUESTIONS — Have a question about Bar Design, Bar Equipment or Anything Else? Post in comments section of this video!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
FOLLOW US ON OUR SOCIAL CONNECTIONS:

TWITTER

https://twitter.com/RickOfClubs

INSTAGRAM

https://www.instagram.com/bardesigner

PINTEREST

https://www.pinterest.com/clubdesigner

FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/nightclubdesigner

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
RELATED POSTS:

DRAFT BEER SYSTEMS FOR BARS: DIRECT-DRAW vs LONG-DRAW SYSTEM COST
http://cabaretdesigners.com/what-is-the-best-draft-beer-system

DRAFT BEER SYSTEMS FOR BARS: HOW DO GLYCOL BEER SYSTEMS WORK?
http://cabaretdesigners.com/design-buzz/entry/draft-beer-systems-for-bars-how-do-glycol-draft-beer-systems-work

COMMERCIAL BAR DESIGN – A TOP 7 LIST OF BAR FINISHING IDEAS
http://cabaretdesigners.com/design-buzz/entry/commercial-bar-design-a-top-7-list-of-bar-finishing-ideas

ERGONOMIC BAR DESIGN FOR MAXIMUM BARTENDER EFFICIENCY AND PROFITS
http://www.cabaretdesigners.com/how-do-you-design-an-efficient-and-profitable-bar

HOW MUCH DOES IT REALLY COST TO BUILD A BAR?
http://cabaretdesigners.com/how-much-does-it-really-cost-to-build-a-bar


DISCLAIMER: The above video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows us to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
DOWNLOADABLES:

SKETCH OF CUSTOM DESIGNED 6' x 8' WALK-IN COOLER
https://www.dropbox.com/s/c2fuoshxzv7z0t9/IMAGE%20OF%20CUSTOM%20DESIGNED%20WALK-IN%20COOLER.jpg?dl=0

ADVANCE TABCO 8-KEG RACK
https://www.dropbox.com/s/uyn32c62npsfwcc/ADVANCE%20TABCO%208-KEG%20STORAGE%20RACK%20CUT%20SHEET.pdf?dl=0

DEVAULT BARREL SPACERS
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xhrb6rzpdkbygat/DEVAULT%20KEG%20SPACER%20SHEET.jpg?dl=0

DEVAULT BARREL STACKERS
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3gqao5qfomj2mhx/DEVAULT%20SLIM%20KEG%20STACKER%20CUT%20SHEET.pdf?dl=0

Bar Design Ideas And Tips - How To Design An Arcad...
Bar Design Ideas - How To Design Commercial Bars F...

Related Posts

We're social!
Follow us for News about OUr latest Projects.