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Old 03-13-2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default My quick, easy, free bottle dryer

I needed a bottle dryer and being new to brewing wanted to put my money into other things besides a bottle tree so I came with this. It is simply MDF with holes drilled in it. I know MDF is not a fan of water but I sealed it very well and figure even after many many uses if I have to make another no big deal as I always have it around the shop. It holds 72 bottles. It is also easier to store in the brew closet than a bottle tree would be.

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Old 03-13-2009, 01:45 PM   #2
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A very simple solution. Looks great!

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Old 03-13-2009, 01:47 PM   #3
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I've been thinking about putting together some sort of DIY bottle drying system. I think I now have a winner. Something like this seems like it would take up much less storage space than a stand or tree. Good idea!

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Old 03-13-2009, 01:48 PM   #4
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That's pretty good. What did you use to seal it with?

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Old 03-13-2009, 02:06 PM   #5
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I used spray sanding sealer then hit it with spray poly. The next one I will I will use hinges on the sides so I can fold it flat for storage.

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Old 03-13-2009, 02:38 PM   #6
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I was thinking of doing the same thing and hinging it over my sink, just wondering what size holes you drilled. I couldn't decide what size hole to drill for both long necks and SN stubby's.

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Old 03-13-2009, 02:48 PM   #7
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Wow. I really like that a lot. One of the things I never liked about bottle trees is that you have to sanitize them. This seems like a better design.

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I used a 1.5" forstner bit. In the pic there are regular bottles and SN bottles as well. They all fit good in that size hole.

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Old 02-26-2010, 09:44 PM   #9
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I am going to make one of these. Thanks for the pic. I will probably make a smaller one; maybe 10 holes by 2 holes.

I usually wash 12-18 bottles at a time and let them dry. When they are dry I tear aluminum foil into small squares, about 3"x3" to 4"x4", and cover each bottle. Then I feel better about storing them for a while. When I want to sanitize I just fill the dishwasher with bottles. I don't use any soap, and I turn the heat-dry on. I checked the dishwasher with my probe thermometer, and it reaches over 170F, which I believe is enough to sanitize. I haven't had one problem, yet. When the bottles are cool I just sit next to the dishwasher and bottle right from there. Works like a charm.

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Old 02-26-2010, 10:03 PM   #10
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Now THAT is sweet engineering! Definitely making one of these. My equipment is limited by what I can stuff in the crawlspacw under the stairs. No room for a big bottle tree. I have an idea for a tweak. Will try it and report back.

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