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BeerBox™ Portable Homebrew Dispenser


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The easiest, most portable way to bring draft homebrew everywhere, the BeerBox™ is built for spontaneity.

The BeerBox™ system splits a 5 gallon batch between two containers, so your brew can be on tap in two places at once. And its convenient size lets you serve cold draft brew from anyone’s fridge or cooler for your beer on tap anytime, anywhere. Built to withstand the most raucous homebrew adventures, the BeerBox™ features food-grade HDPE and Made-in-the-USA construction. Plus the BeerBox™ is 100% light-proof and fits in your cooler, perfect for outdoor events.

Compatible with 5/16" ID Beverage Tubing


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BeerBox™ Portable Homebrew Dispenser

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Product Details

Simpler than kegging—just prime and go—with less effort than bottling to clean and fill 2 boxes instead of 48 bottles. The BeerBox™ starter system is fully loaded so you don’t need extra equipment. Ever. And it’s so much more convenient than kegging! Each 2.75 Gallon box fits perfectly in a fridge or cooler and has a built-in handle to grab-and-go.

The tap on each BeerBox™ is raised just above the sediment line to ensure clear pours. Brew, and then Share and Enjoy a clear, cold, perfect pint of your homebrew wherever you want, whenever you want.

Each BeerBox™ System includes:

  • Two-2.75 gallon BeerBox™ containers (9.925" H x 6.5" W x 15.9" L)
  • One-CO2 injector
  • Five-CO2 (16 gram) cartridges
  • One-Hose Tap Adaptor with Hose & Tap
  • 2 coasters and 2 stickers

Compatible with 5/16" ID Beverage Tubing

Additional Information
Support Documents:BeerBox™ Product Manual
2.3 / 5.0
16 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Stars
Pretty good so far
First some background on me. I've been making 5 gal batches of beer for many years. I don't make enough to justify the expense and bother of kegging and I know only what I've read about it. However, I am getting tired of bottling and decided to try this.My first batch was a stout. After priming, I siphoned into each keg, trying to get the same level in each. My first beef - it is hard to see the level and I had to use a flashlight to peer into the neck while filling. There are no fill lines on the keg. A homemade dipstick would be a big help here.I let it condition for a couple of weeks or so and the natural carbonation pressurized each keg nicely. I connected the CO2 cartridge just to see how it worked and gave one keg a little gas. Not really necessary as the keg was already pressurized. I half expected something to leak by now but everything has remained dry and pressure tight. The keg sides become distended as pressure builds up. I viewed this with some alarm which leads to my second beef: there is no pressure gage and I was a bit concerned about overdoing it (the instructions warn against letting the pressure go above 15 psi). It finally occurred to me to use a tire gage on the Schrader valve and it showed both at about 6 psi.Other than the points noted above - and this is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 - I'm quite pleased with this system so far (haven't finished the beer yet). Way less trouble than bottling and a WAY better head than from a bottle. Nothing complicated about this setup and they fit in a small fridge I have in the basement. Judging from my experience to date, one CO2 cartridge will last through several batches.I'd recommend this product to anyone who, like myself, is tired of bottling. Be sure it will fit in your fridge before you buy it (dimensions are listed in the description).
October 27, 2014
Great for every occasion
I bought this product about a year and a half ago for myself for Christmas and have put half of every 5 gal batch into one of them and bottles the other half. Needless to say I've still got bottles that haven't been drank because I forget about them and when one of the containers is empty Ive already got another batch to go into it. I've never had a problem with carbonation and the beer being flat. I still use the 5oz priming sugar packets to each 5 gal batch and carbonation turns out fine in the containers My brother has borrowed one a couple times to take to the cottage and it goes right out onto the boat with them and works just fine. It fits right in there cooler and they run the hose out the top of it for pouring. All in all I would say it's been a pretty good product and am looking into buying another kit.
May 25, 2016
Great transition from bottling to kegging
I have brewed a few 5 gallon batches and have enjoyed the process, except for bottling the beer. I am not quite ready to commit to kegging so I gave the BeerBox a try. I have used the BeerBox for two batches - an English Pale Ale and Caribou Slobber. I put half the batch in the BeerBox and bottled the remainder. I am very happy with the BeerBox. The beer carbonates naturally and the sides bulge out so I know it is working. After two weeks, I move them to my refrigerator and drink the next day. It takes very little CO2 to push out the beer (it is already pressurized from the carbonation). The head retention is better than the bottled beer, although the bottles do improve with age.There were a couple of cons, hence the 4 stars. First, the directions specify a maximum capacity of 2.5 gallons. However, the BeerBox is made out of heavy dark plastic and you cannot see the beer level as it relates to the fill line. My solution is to use a sanitized one gallon bottle to measure the beer for filling. Second, only one CO2 dispenser is provided. I wanted the convenience have each box having its own dispenser so I picked up a second one.In spite of my two cons with the BeerBox, I would not hesitate to recommend it to someone like myself that hates bottling beer but is not ready to keg. I will probably move to kegs by next summer. The BeerBox will be my third keg or I will use it for small batches.
November 7, 2014
Busted at the seams
Used the beer box one time and the plastic box leaked out the back at the seams. One of the boxes was fine and the plastic did not impart any off flavors to the beer. You will go through at least 3 16g CO2 cylinders which is a bit of a pain. It would be nice if the box came with a built in pressure gauge rather than using a tire gauge. But even with this I could find some valuable use for this dispensing medium. However, my other box split in the back from the pressure, which I checked every other day to ensure it would not go over its recommended max psi of 15. It still cracked down seam in the back allowing the majority of the beer to leak all over my floor. I don't know anyone who wants to lose 2.5 gallons of good homebrew. This was by far one of the worst purchases I have made and may never use the remaining nonleaking beer box again. I will always be worried that usage of this product will eventually cause leak and loss of precious libation in the future. This has been a no go nonstarter for me.
July 21, 2015
Looked good on paper, reality falling short
I've been brewing for eight years now, and have been using bottles (which I still like.) I thought this product would be a good compromise without jumping fully into a kegging system.My first use of these was to hold one-half of a ten-gallon batch of beer directly from the primary fermenter after one week. I used my typical priming solution of 2/3-3/4 cup sugar in two cups of water. The other half went into a secondary fermenter for a month, which I subsequently bottled.The boxes swelled, as expected, and I found I needed to bleed off pressure every day or so, keeping the pressure between 10-15psi. I let those sit in a shower pan (insurance for a split seam) for a month before I moved one to my beer fridge. Was pleasantly surprised to see no leakage anywhere. Two days later I drew off a glass of cold beer and it was flat. So as to not waste it, I have been opening a bottle (from second part of that batch) and then mixing them. I end up with a drinkable quaff - not as carbonated as usual, but enough to help with the 'bite.'When I use these again, I think I'll fill the box like I fill a bottle, and leave a much smaller amount of air space in there. My thought is that their fill level mark is too low, allowing too much air space. I don't really want to increase the priming sugars, but that will be experiment #3 if the above doesn't work.
October 30, 2015
Response from Northern Brewer
Thanks for the review. My best guess is the pressure during dispensing could have been too high

Did it just shoot right out of the beer box

that could cause the gas to leave solution and end up with a flat beer in the glass. Let us know how it goes

the instructions should offer troubleshooting ideas as well.
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
ok idea, not there yet
I have been brewing for a while and I was caving in to go to kegging. I just was not up for the price of the system. I bought this at the NHC seeing it was cheaper there than to order it.
I got home and it sat for a while. I did have bottled brew to go through. When I finally got around to using it, it failed. I emailed the maker and was sent a new box and was told to send back the box that failed. I think it was a gasket. Batch 2 great. No problems. I think I fixed it by standing the box so that the tap was in the air. Batch 3, pinhole under the handle. I set the remaining box down and the tap failed. Lucky for me I had them in a tub I bought for the occasion, so clean up was not that big of a deal. But after losing a total of 5 gallons to this. I am sure that the one good box and the one that has yet to be used might be relegated to transport and I will break down and get some real kegs.
December 3, 2016
What a big disappointment!
I purchased this because it looked to be a time and space saver. Well i brewed 3 batches of different beers and they all swelled and had enough carbonation. But they all were flat tasting (just awful) and undrinkable./ So i tested a batch by only putting half in the beer box and bottling the other half. Well same results box beer was flat tasting and the bottles were just fine. Any ideas of what to do with a $200.00 piece of junk?
January 23, 2016
Response from Northern Brewer

If you are still having problems with you beer box we'd be happy to try and help you sort it out. Give us a call!
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
Don't waste your money.
I just dried these with a saison kit (Petite Orange). I put 2.5 gallons in the brew box and bottled the other half. The Brew Box swelled up awkwardly, as other reviewers have said. After 4 weeks in the box, I put it in the fridge and tried it out. Flat beer in a big box that my wife hates because it takes up too much room in the fridge. I thought about trying to bottle what was in the box, but I just ended up pouring it down the drain. The kicker is that the crappy Brew Box doesn't even have a recycling number on it, so I will literally throw it all into the trash. That is just one of the many shortcomings (e.g., hard to know how much to fill, hard to know if the thing is at 15 PSI).Don't waste your money or your homebrew on these overpriced plastic jugs. Maybe they just rolled these out too soon and didn't really test them, but I feel like a sucker. I have never written a bad review for anything at NB, but I am so disappointed in this product that I hope they stop carrying it so no one else falls for it.
September 14, 2015
Response from Northern Brewer
I'm very sorry to hear about the troubles you had with the BeerBox system. We guarantee the products we sell for at least a year

so if you'd care to contact us at brewmaster@northernbrewer.com or give us a call at 1-800-681-2739 and we can arrange a return and refund for you. Again

I'm very sorry for the trouble.
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
In Efficient System
I have tried several batches. The biggest problem has to do with increasing pressure and leaking. I don't recommend the system at all. Will be trying the compartmental kegs next. I recommend that you ignore the beer box and move on.
February 23, 2016
Both boxes failed within a year
There's a reason why these boxes only have a 6 month warranty....mine failed within a year. Both boxes developed a small crack on the front (same spot on each box) and a pinhole which leaked out all my carbonation. There is no way to repair the holes so now they are worthless. I wrote to the company and have gotten no response...I'm not surprised...I have a feeling that I'm not the only one. Don't waste your money on these! It seemed like a great idea but they obviously have a lot more testing to do...I'll pony up for a real keg system now made of metal that won't crack!
March 19, 2016
Response from Northern Brewer
We were able to get Rob a new BeerBox set and he will be writing an updated review soon. Although any failure is difficult to hear about, we will always do our best to make sure all customers are happy with their purchase from Northern Brewer!
November 21, 2016
Northern Brewer
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How hard is it to clean the boxes out
W E on Mar 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is not very difficult to clean the Beer box. Simply mix up some PBW in warm water inside of the Beer box, let it sit for about 30 minutes, shake it, empty and rinse. This will usually do the trick if you clean it as soon as you can after emptying it.
How hard is it to clean the boxes out
W E on Mar 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not easy, definitely. If you've ever tried to clean a traditional narrow-mouth carboy, then imagine that plus corners plus no visibility to check if it's actually clean. That said, I have a motorized carboy cleaner, so I just use that. I still recommend those boxes for all the benefits that come with not having to bottle. So if you are a slightly more advance brewer (and regular consumer of your brew, so that it doesn't have to sit around for a long time), then you might even have a carboy cleaner, in which case the cleaning issue is not a big issue.
How much priming sugar are folk using in these. I am having trouble getting a good carb. The obvious is to use more but at what point will it be too much?
Ezra E on Oct 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The amount of sugar used can vary a bit based on the beer you are making and the carbonation level you desire. About 2 oz of corn sugar for each box is most common. Here is a link to our priming sugar calculator that will help you get the proper amounts of priming sugars in your brews.

can you this to force carbonate with?
A shopper on Jun 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, the manufacturer does not recommend doing that, and clearly states it in the directions. You're going to prime the beer with sugar, and allow it to condition in the beer box at room temp, then it will be chilled and dispensed with the CO2 injector. The instructions say not to exceed 15 PSI.
Is it possible to buy just one box with fittings? I'm just looking for a way to take some of my kegged beer to get togethers, so I don't need 5 gal of volume...2.5 is plenty for me
A shopper on Mar 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This system is only made available to to retailers in the two box system. You could contact the manufacturer to see if they have the ability to sell it that way. Sorry we can not!
I already have a begging system. Can I use this to carry and store already carbonated beer or do I have to carbonate in the beer box.
C O on Nov 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can. Here is the instruction from the manufacturer how to do that: http://www.brewingtools.com/faq/
What is the best way to clean the BeerBox? I am getting bad odors that create bad flavors, and I can't get rid of them.
Dan K on Nov 14, 2015

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! Do you use star san between each fill

As well as disassembling what you can and star sanitizing that

Another good option would be http://www.northernbrewer.com/beer-line-cleaner or http://www.northernbrewer.com/draftec-acid-line-cleaner-red To get rid of beer stone that might be present and harboring bacteria/fungi. and make sure whatever you put in the box

you run through the line as well.

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