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Old 12-10-2008, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default Carboy Storage/Drying Rack

I have a table in my brew area that holds all my carboys and various fermenting vessels. I previously did not have any easy way to dry my carboys and always had to lean them against something and it was a general pain.

So...... I build this:



My new Carboy Drying/Storage rack

It was nearly free because I used scrap material and only needed to by 7 eye screws.

Here is the component break down:



Here is the procedure I used for my build:

1) Cut the 2x4 stock to length and the plywood to size.

2) Then I used my drill press and a 3" hole saw to cut six holes spaced 12" apart. Here is the spacing break down for the holes:

a standard carboy is 12" in diameter so that is the spacing I used

6 3/4" from first edge (this gets you to the center of the carboy after subtracting the thickness of the backboard)
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left edge -6"-> 1st hole -12"-> 2nd hole -12"-> 3rd hole -12"-> 4th hole -12"-> 5th hole -12"-> 6th hole -6"-> right edge

3) Assemble the 2x4 stock. I made 3 h-patterns for the support structure, I will describe how to build the first. The same applies to the other two. First clamp the 6" piece under one edge of the 14". Pre-drill and screw. Then measure and mark 6" up the 24" piece, clamp the 14" piece to the 24" piece so the h-structure sits level. Pre-drill and screw the h-structure together.

4) Set-up the h-pieces and lay the bottom piece with the holes in it on top. Space one H on the left, one in the middle, and one on the right edge. Pre-drill and screw in place.

5) Assemble the backboard. Measure 4" down from the top. Then mark points at 12" intervals fromt he left edge. You need to have 7 hold downs, the first and last I spaced 1" in the fromt he left and right edge, respectively. Pre-drill these points and screw in the eye screws.

6) Mount the backboard at the top of the uprights of the H's.

All done!

Now I have all my carboys neatly positioned on my table.

To drain and store, I just put the neck of the carboy in a hole, and secure the carboy in place by wrapping a bungy around it securing each bungy hook in an eye screw. When brews are aging, I can place them in the same spot just turned upright.

Of course this could be built to any size and could be multi-level. This just fit my needs. This could be an easy alternative to buying those plastic drying racks for $9 a carboy.

I'll take some pics and post up in the next few days.

Cheers,
Justin

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Old 12-10-2008, 09:51 PM   #2
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Very cool.

I use milk crates.
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Old 12-10-2008, 09:52 PM   #3
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I like it. Good work!
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:01 PM   #4
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Thats a great idea! What do you think about hanging it on a wall?
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Thats a great idea! What do you think about hanging it on a wall?
It would be very easy. This idea can be adapted a million ways, I just think it is a slick solution. I have a couple little plastic containers that I put under the carboys to catch dripped water or sanitizer. I think if I didn't have my table setup that way it is, I would make a multi-level storage unit to hold my carboys... say 2 carboys to a level.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:02 AM   #6
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It looks like a multi-person toilet... Good thing it has a place for seatbelts!
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:03 AM   #7
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carboy bondage???
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Or that...

Your motto can be, "Those that play together, Ferment together"
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I like to store mine with the pointy end up (full of some kind of goodness)!

No need for storage if you keep them full.
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Yes very cool I say!!!
I use a couple of carboy stands I bought from MoreBeer. They're stackable and get out of the way when not in use.
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