How To: Build a Growler Drying Rack
It feels like we’ve been writing nothing but reviews lately, and wanted to take a break with some different content. Like this DIY project that nobody probably cares about…
When it comes to growlers, the hygiene of those (typically) glass containers should be taken very seriously.
If you don’t rinse them out with warm water after you empty them of their beer, you run the risk of mold propagating inside from the beer remnants. The same thing can happen with the rinsed water if you don’t properly dry the container out.
Safely Drip Dry Your Growler
With some leftover wood from another home project, we fashioned a solution to make sure our growlers can safely drip dry after each rinse. What do we mean by safely?
If you’ve ever propped up a growler on its spout to drain all the way, it’s an accident of glass shards waiting to happen.
Don’t act like you haven’t had one tip over at least once, and scare the living crap out of you. You know, you’re right in the middle of an intense movie on a Saturday night and hear a crash on the kitchen counter because you had your growler balanced up against the backsplash, or paper towel holder, etc.
On some weekends we go through a lot of growler fills, leaving a counter full of rinsed out growler clutter that needs to air dry. So we built this drying rack that fits 3 containers at a time, and sits out in the garage out of the way.
Most importantly, no containers get broken. The idea being that the dowel rods act as a safety mechanism to “catch” the growler if it became unbalanced while sitting on its head (spout).
Required Materials and Tools
- Power drill
- 2 x 6 board (18 inches long)
- Gorilla Glue
- Tape Measure / Yardstick
- Dowel rods x 3 (6 inches long) ***
- Lacquer (optional)
- Fine Grain Sandpaper (optional)
*** Ours were 7/16 wide. Any width will do, as long as it fits through the mouth of the container.
This design was created with the smaller 32 oz growler, AKA mini-growler, AKA grumbler in mind. It will support a traditional 64oz size container, but only one at a time. Feel free to scale the design up to fit 64oz, or more space between each dowel rod as you see fit with a longer board.
- Step 1: Measure
Jug style growlers (w/ finger loop) are almost 4 inches wide, and the more slender medicine bottle style are 3.75 inches, so this setup was backwards compatible to either container type.
A) With the pre-cut 18 inch 2×6 board, we plotted out 6 inches of real estate on the piece of wood for each container. A one inch margin was added to either side of the 4 inch container:
1 + 4 + 1 = 6 inches of real estate
B) Half of 6 inches is 3 inches, so we marked off a small hash every 3 inches down the board.
C) At the 3, 9, and 15 inch marks we make a cross mark, since that’s where the hole needs to be drilled.
- Step 2: Drill
For this part of the project a drill press would have been ideal for a set depth, but we made due with a handheld drill just fine.
A) Carefully drill straight through the wood at the cross marks, and gently punch through the other side.
B) Important: Obviously you want to use a drill bit that is 1/16 smaller than your width of dowel rod for a snug fit. If you go same size or wider, the dowel will slide right through.
- Step 3: Glue and Hammer
A) Apply glue to the dowel rods.
B) Gently hammer the dowel rod into the base of wood, stopping at the bottom edge.
C) Let the glue dry.
A final (and optional) step is to apply a coat of lacquer to the dowels and base. After all, it will be exposed to dripping water frequently.
A) Sand the surfaces down first with a fine grain for optimal results.
B) Apply several coats of spray on lacquer for added protection.
With the rack complete, it’s time to test it out with some fresh growler fills from your favorite local brewery. Cheers!