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)
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.
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.