Draft Beer

How to Make Your Own Jockey Box

Follow our DIY jockey box instructions, and you’ll have the best "mobile device" a beer lover could ever own.

connecting the cooler coupler on a DIY Jockey Box

A jockey box is an excellent solution for serving draft beer on the go. It does not require any power to operate, unlike a kegerator, while the beer stays fresher for longer than using a keg pump. They are ideal for high volume pouring at events, including parties, festivals and promotional samplings. 

You could just buy a jockey box, but a more affordable and rewarding option is to build your own jockey box. Just pick up a suitable cooler (you probably have one lying around), and you can turn it into a DIY jockey box beer tap cooler.

Parts You’ll Need

These parts are available individually or you can purchase a jockey box conversion kit to get everything you need to start your project.

Tools You’ll Need

DIY Jockey Box Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Measure & Drill Holes 

With a sharpie and tape measurer, mark where you’d like to drill your holes on either side of the cooler. Then drill holes large enough to fit both your cooler coupling (back of the unit) and beer shank (front of the unit).

measuring a coolerdrilling a whole into a cooler

Step 2: Connect shank & faucet on front

Firmly attach the shank to the jockey box with the lock nut against the wall of the cooler. Attach your faucet with the spanner wrench. The tap handle will screw on atop the faucet.

adding a tap handle to a DIY jockey box

Step 3: Connect cooler coupling on back

Firmly attach the cooler coupling with the lock nut. This is where you will connect your beer line.

connecting the cooler coupler on a DIY Jockey Box

Step 4: Connect coils

Slide the hex nut onto either end of the coil (we used 50’ stainless steel coil for this demonstration), followed by the metal ferrule, and finally the rubber grommet. Connect the jockey box coil to each side with the hex nut wrench.

jockey box coilsconnecting jockey box coils to a DIY Jockey Box

Completing your setup

You will want to run some water through your jockey box once its assembled to check for leaks. If everything is working properly, then you are ready to connect your keg, beer lines and CO2. Before you start pouring check out our helpful jockey box instructions on operating your jockey box. 

Take your DIY jockey box project a step further and customize the outside of your cooler with the logo of your favorite brewery or sports team or build a jockey box cover to place over it. The possibilities are endless to make a jockey box truly yours or design a great one of a kind gift for the beer lover in your life.

DIY Jockey Box


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