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Old 03-02-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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This is a bottle dryer I made back in December of 2012 that holds 54 12oz. bottles. I uploaded the photos into the image area but I thought more people would see it here. I didn't like the idea of the bottle tree, and I thought others may agree. The cost was estimated at less than $10.00 because this was actually made from scrap wood in my garage. It is nearly the exact size of my towels in the kitchen, so I place one underneath to absorb any drainage from the bottles. The bottles stand perfectly along with the spacing. The following are the dimensions and material that I used.

1/2" Plywood Sanded dimensions are 22 1/2" x 15"
4 - 1" x 3" cut to 2" length for legs
Neck holes are 1 1/4" with 2 1/2" spacing on center
Finishing is optional but highly recommended to prevent absorption of moisture. Personally I painted the bottom black, and stained the top along with a two coats of polyurethane.
In addition you could also use UHMW, if you have the means to work with it.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:24 PM   #2
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Wow. That is stupid simple. I like it.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:58 AM   #3
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Some kind of cookie sheet / tray to capture the drips would make this a commercial ready product. Great idea.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:13 AM   #4
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Some kind of cookie sheet / tray to capture the drips would make this a commercial ready product. Great idea.
I saw something like this at Austin Homebrew. http://homebrew.thefastrack.ca/

 
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:02 AM   #5
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Wow. That is stupid simple. I like it.
I'm with Chandler on this one. Stupid simple and stackable if needed. I can see having 2 or maybe 3 stacks. One washed, one sanitized and one for empties to drain before washing. Just throw another sheet on when one sheet fills up and keep right on going. I wash my bottles in the dishwasher after I remove the labels then samitize with star-san and fill. extra bottles would remain inverted ready for a shot of sanitizer and ready to fil on the next batch. Cheap, easy. no lost parts not much better!!!!

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Old 03-03-2013, 09:52 AM   #6
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Looks similar, but a lot more professionally made than the one I have been using:
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:08 AM   #7
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Good idea, might be a nice project for what's left of winter. I could use something just like that.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:13 AM   #8
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I have one like that that holds 66. Only because that was how the math worked out for the sheet of plywood I had lying around.

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Old 03-04-2013, 05:34 AM   #9
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I am working on making a couple of these for a few friends. There is nothing like lending a helping hand to another persons pursuit of happiness.

 
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:56 AM   #10
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Not a bad solution.
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