DIY Office Party: Turn a Pumpkin Into a Keg
Here on the 10th floor of the DoItYourself Building, we’re always looking for a project we can do in the office. If that project involves beer, so much the better. In celebration of October and the approach of Halloween (and because it was a Friday) Samuel Adams sent us a sample of their Great Pumpkin Keg Kit and being diligent product testers (we are all over 21) we decided to try it out.
Step 1 – Acquire a Sizeable Pumpkin
Our pumpkin was a bit bigger around than a basketball, and could have held 10 or maybe 12 beers, although we only tried 6 at a time.
Cut off the top and remove the guts like you would if you were making a Jack o’ lantern, being extra diligent so as not to serve a pulpy beer.
Step 2 – Install the Spigot
You want to get the most beer out of the pumpkin as you can, so from the inside find a low point near the floor and drive a small knife through to the outside.
From the outside, expand this knife hole to fit the diameter of the spigot. A little on the small side is okay, for a tight fit. Depending on the thickness of the wall of your pumpkin, you may have to carve out the inside wall around the hole so the spigot can reach all the way through.
With a rubber gasket on the outside, push the spigot through the hole. On the inside, add the other gasket and tighten it all down with the nut.
Step 3 – Add Beer
This could be the first article that includes this heading. (Maybe not.) Put the pumpkin up on the bucket to get it off the table and pour in your chilled beer. (We chose Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale.)
The spigot fits tightly, so it shouldn’t leak. In the end we did have a few drips, but the bucket caught them.
Step 4 – Serve Beer
That’s it. Serve the beer.