Bottle Drying Rack w/ Slide-Out Drip Tray
For the past year or so, my boyfriend spent a few hundred dollars per month on Kombucha. So, as an early birthday gift & moving-to-a-new-city date, I signed us up for a Kombucha class by Circle City Kombucha at Great Fermentations. The class was great, and a month later we're now able to brew 4 gallons of homemade kombucha each month.
Little did I know that by signing us up for that class, I was signing myself up for more weekly cleaning, more chores. Wyatt bought these pop-top homebrew bottles on Amazon (as suggested by our kombucha brewing instructor). They were a pain-in-the-butt to clean at first, but then I stumbled upon a few tricks that made life easier... Click Here to see our water/time-saving technique for washing & rinsing home brew bottles.
We also had nowhere to dry the bottles...
I looked at some drying racks on Amazon, but couldn't seem to find what I imagined would work best, and everything was more expensive than expected. So, I made this drying rack with some leftover materials from other DIY projects around the house.
- Put one wire-shelf on top & one wire-shelf beneath a dishpan.
- Combine 2 zip ties to make a double-length zip-tie. Then connect the center edges on one side of the shelves.
- Repeat Step 2 on the other side.
- Tighten the zip ties till the dishpan doesn't slide around when picked up, but can still be removed.
The rack fits about 9 bottles, but you could probably fit more. I also use the same rack to dry our brewing jars, plates, pots, and pans. If you made a bunch of these, you could easily slide-out the tubs & stack all the parts for storage or travel.
Tip: It's best to place each bottle in holes on opposite ends to balance the weight at the start. Examples: North then South, West then East. For such a lightweight object, the base is pretty solid thanks to the flat square.
One mistake I made, was that I didn't tell Wyatt I was making a drying rack. So, he ordered a bottle drying tree on Amazon. After trying it out, we both like our homemade drying rack better. It's more conservative of space, easier to use, easier to clean & store, more visually appealing to have in the kitchen, and our cat doesn't knock it over (as she does with the bottle tree). I'm confident that once more home-brewers try this DIY drying rack, it will become pretty popular - It's perfect for the job.