- Bottle Tree? FastRack? NO NEED!
See attached photo for easy and cheap bottle dryer. I used a large rubbermaid storage bin and drilled holes in the lid. The lid supports the load very well and all of the water or sanitizer collects a
- FREE FastRacks - Beer Bottle Tree Alternative
Hi Everyone, Mitchell & Casey here from FastRack. If you don't know what FastRack is, here is a link to our site with a short video: http://www.thefastrack.ca/homebrew/ We wanted to wish
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November 3, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Price: $0.00My buddy and I just bottled our first home brew batch today. We were at the brew store and picked this rack up instead of the regular bottle tree. Used it for the first time today with 24-12 OZ (on the bottom rack) and 12-22OZ bomber bottles (on the top rack).) This rack worked like a charm and didn't take up much room at all! After we finish each bottle we are going to store them on the fast rack. Great buy!!!!
September 23, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Price: $0.00Lol, I've never used a bottle tree or anything like that... You people will be amazed at what I actually do.... I run my dishwasher empty, with the heat drying on to kill everything, and then I use my dishwasher rack as a bottle tree, works very well
Pros: Stackable, expandable, sturdy, bottles stay upside down without anything touching the inside of the mouth and neck
Cons: take up more counter space than a tree and some mildly annoying drip issues
Recommended? YesI went to my local shop to buy a tree and they were just debuting this system, having received them that day. I took a gamble since no one else had used or purchased them from that store, and I see now I paid more than most people.
I really like this set up. Some people have complained that it is unstable but I think it is actually remarkably sturdy. Having different sized bottles isn't a huge issue, as long as you have at least 4 bottles that are the same size. The way it works is each rack above the base rack is supported on the bottles below, specifically on the bottles at each corner. That is why you need at least four bottles of roughly the same dimensions. But once the racks are loaded up they are heavy enough to make the whole arrangement super-sturdy. Because the racks are raised you can even use short bottles as the corner supports
It comes with two racks (which can fit nicely into my sanitizing bucket), each capable of holding twenty-four 12oz bottles, but the major selling feature for me was expandability; you can buy additional racks and stack them, according to the salesman, 4 or 5 racks high. That's a lot of bottles. Unfortunately I have yet to find a source that sells ONLY the racks. I'll give it time.
I also think that these, given their rectangular shape, store easier than a tree.
One drawback is that if you use short, fat 12oz bottles the rack gets a little crowded, but I found that if you alternate them with tall 12's checkerboard style that problem is overcome. If you use bottles larger than 12oz then the capacity is limited, however.
Finally there is one other minor annoyance. The bottles on the top rack drip down onto the bottles on the lower rack, and those drips pool in the concave base of the bottles below. Since the drips are sanitizing solution I am not worried about microbes so much, but when you start pulling those lower-level bottles out that standing solution drips and spills a little.
Pros: Sturdy, works, durable, easy to clean
Recommended? YesI didn't want a bottle tree and was looking for something like this when I found it. I got it for a good price at my local brew shop and it has made the whole drying and storing process way easier. I used to use the plastic filing crates you can pick up from Office Depot but the bottles were always falling over.
Pros: Works as described
Cons: Poor customer service, didn't stack well with different sized 12 ounce bottles, extremely long delays in shipping (30+ days from payment)
The trays arrived afterseveralemails and excuses for the unreasonably lengthy delays. After ordering and getting confirmation it took nearly 40 days to receive after an email exchange with the company.
Although product does work I found it inconvenient and wished I bought a tree instead. It would work/stack great if all my bottles were the exact same size and from the same source but they are not. Different sized bottles (although all 12 ounces) does not allow the system to stack securely making it a bit of pain to bottle a 5 gallon batch. I have figured out a system to make it work for for me but wish I bought a tree instead for the same price.
As for the customer service and shipping delays; other member reviews on the forum show I am not alone in experiencing these issues. Save yourself from potential hassle and just purchase a tree.