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Old 12-13-2006, 02:27 AM   #1
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I have a simple question. All day I have been looking for crates to put my bottles in for the carbonation process and to store them while their not in use. Well, I really don’t want the old Soda crates off of EBay; I would prefer a simple plastic crate that is practical.

I can find the manufacturers of these crates but I can’t find someone to buy them from, any suggestions? Color and style doesn't matter but it would be nice if they came by the 24pk...



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I have nearly resorted to making my own wooden crates! My normal bought beer comes in cardboard cartons which don't last long.

May have to investigate the possibility of using pipes for storage.
12 bottles per pipe (or the height of your ceiling!). Would be easy to grab one before going out to a BBQ for instance. Block off the bottom end of the pipe and cut out a hole in the pipe to get a bottle out. A door could be fashioned by either a larger diameter piece of pipe or a bit of the same pipe with a small section removed. Would keep them out the light and cut down on the amount of space required. Holes could be drilled so you could see the bottle level at a glance - or drop a plumb line down the top to see how far it goes before hitting a bottle top.
Very silly idea, but somebody has to do it

now, i just have to befriend a plumber with a stack of pipes!


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I have nearly resorted to making my own wooden crates! My normal bought beer comes in cardboard cartons which don't last long.

May have to investigate the possibility of using pipes for storage.
12 bottles per pipe (or the height of your ceiling!). Would be easy to grab one before going out to a BBQ for instance. Block off the bottom end of the pipe and cut out a hole in the pipe to get a bottle out. A door could be fashioned by either a larger diameter piece of pipe or a bit of the same pipe with a small section removed. Would keep them out the light and cut down on the amount of space required. Holes could be drilled so you could see the bottle level at a glance - or drop a plumb line down the top to see how far it goes before hitting a bottle top.
Very silly idea, but somebody has to do it

now, i just have to befriend a plumber with a stack of pipes!


...must learn not to think out loud
Yeah, with the cartons I'm in the same boat.....Really what is happening is that I stored a bunch of threaded bottels and then a bunch of crown......Well, I'm getting rid of the threaded (not because they don't work, but because they just ketch in the capper and the crown is smother) and going to the crown....

The problem is that the crate that the threaded came in is shorter then the crowns so they just don't stack right.....

Honestly, I didn't want wood.....for a couple of reasons......First, I HATE EBAY.....Enough said on that. Second, I'm afraid if I ever made a crate of bombs that it would embed into the wood and stink....

Plus that there is a small problem otherwise.......I can program or fix most electronic but when it comes to hand crafting something, i'm a disaster....I can't work on motors or wood or anything to speak of.....I hate to say it but i'm a true urbanite....
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Pipes mate!
Go the pipes!!!

...if a bottle did explode in the pipe it would be contained. ...or would it? Mythbusters could have a shot at this I am sure.

If you had a lot of spare crates you could chop an inch (or two) off the bottom and top and join them together like an extension. (i.e. remove the middle of the crate). sounds like too much work though. ...smash the bottom out of some of the crates. e.g. bottom crate has bottles, second crate no bottom and no bottles, third crate has bottles. Short term solution?

Shelves? store bottles singly on these?


it is a problem

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Pipes mate!
Go the pipes!!!

...if a bottle did explode in the pipe it would be contained. ...or would it? Mythbusters could have a shot at this I am sure.

If you had a lot of spare crates you could chop an inch (or two) off the bottom and top and join them together like an extension. (i.e. remove the middle of the crate). sounds like too much work though. ...smash the bottom out of some of the crates. e.g. bottom crate has bottles, second crate no bottom and no bottles, third crate has bottles. Short term solution?

Shelves? store bottles singly on these?


it is a problem
Well, that would be a fine idea but I was refuring to cardboard....I was talking about the box that the Molsen came in and the lid doesn't shut......if I had a firm crate then it wouldn't be an issue because I would just match up the size because there are only three brands so its not difficult.....

I've even thought about talking to a Married in realitive to see if anything comes in a crate anymore because he had a lot of time at anheiser bush in delivery and he now owns a bar.......He may know more then me but I'm hoping that someone has seen them on the open market......
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The bar owner sounds like the perfect person to ask.


I am going to try the pipe method. Will post the results!

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I have a recent thread here on this subject too.

I sent an email requesting contact to Rehrig Pacific Company a couple of weeks ago, but they haven't called me. I haven't had time to follow up since then. I need to call them during the day.

I'd really like crates that can hold a case (24) of 12 ounce bottles, and another size that would hold a case or more (12 to 16) of the 500ml bottles, with dividers.

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I have started using plastic milk crates. They work great. They are lightweight but strong enough to handle full bottles. I have seen them on Ebay. When looking for them I've realized that business that take milk supplies tend to have a large quantity of these as they are good for lots of different things. There are regular square ones and then a bit bigger rectangle shapes... get the larger rectangle ones if you can.

And to respond to the person who mentioned making wood crates. Just a tip i learned after my first batch of wood crates. Make them a bit taller than the tallest bottle you use so that you can stack them up.

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I've been purchasing old wooden soda and beer cases from a local antique store. It's neat because there's a bit of history behind each one, but it's also kind of expensive at $10 a pop.

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I have a recent thread here on this subject too.

I sent an email requesting contact to Rehrig Pacific Company a couple of weeks ago, but they haven't called me. I haven't had time to follow up since then. I need to call them during the day.

I'd really like crates that can hold a case (24) of 12 ounce bottles, and another size that would hold a case or more (12 to 16) of the 500ml bottles, with dividers.
This is the same boggle that I was running into.....I didn't think to search this site beccause I was soooo frustrated from searching google because the word "Crate" is so common. But I found at least two other manufacturers like the one that you have listed.....

I donnonot wanting an antique and not being able to build myself has become a problem......


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