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Title: FastRack
Post by: Jimmy K on February 07, 2013, 02:06:01 PM
I opened the FastRack add at the top of the forum. The idea seems great. I've done the same thing with some old plastic beer cases I own, but this looks much more slick. Anyone buy them?  I might be convinced to give up my bottle tree.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Slowbrew on February 07, 2013, 02:58:05 PM
I looked at the add and like you I thought they look cool.  I hardly ever bottle anymore but I think I would buy a couple if I did.  My old bottle tree was a god send when I was given it but storing it was/is kind of a pain.  These would store easily on a shelf with everything else.

Paul
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Jimmy K on February 07, 2013, 03:06:37 PM
Yeah, if I didn't have one this would win hands down.  Although, since I keg but still bottle some - the easy storage is part of what would convince me. The bottle tree is a big item that I don't use often.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: weithman5 on February 07, 2013, 03:53:04 PM
this is pretty cool, i use two old racks from an old dishwasher but this is a little smaller footprint.  if i didnt have the dishwasher racks i would consider these
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Jimmy K on February 07, 2013, 04:07:15 PM
I also like that you can just flip the whole lot over when ready to start filling.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: AmandaK on February 07, 2013, 06:32:57 PM
Would it be just as effective to rinse, then store empty bottles upside down in a case box with 6-pack holders in it?
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Jimmy K on February 07, 2013, 06:35:32 PM
Would it be just as effective to rinse, then store empty bottles upside down in a case box with 6-pack holders in it?
But you can't dry them that way or the cardboard will disintegrate.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: AmandaK on February 07, 2013, 07:16:37 PM
Would it be just as effective to rinse, then store empty bottles upside down in a case box with 6-pack holders in it?
But you can't dry them that way or the cardboard will disintegrate.

Okay fair enough. But what if I rinse, drain/dry, then store?
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Hokerer on February 07, 2013, 07:32:34 PM
Would it be just as effective to rinse, then store empty bottles upside down in a case box with 6-pack holders in it?
But you can't dry them that way or the cardboard will disintegrate.

Okay fair enough. But what if I rinse, drain/dry, then store?

That's exactly how I do it
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Joe Sr. on February 07, 2013, 07:42:58 PM
Never really noticed the ads before, but you just got me to click on it.

Cool idea.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Jimmy K on February 07, 2013, 07:45:07 PM
Would it be just as effective to rinse, then store empty bottles upside down in a case box with 6-pack holders in it?
But you can't dry them that way or the cardboard will disintegrate.

Okay fair enough. But what if I rinse, drain/dry, then store?
Yes, if you skip the part that makes them better - then they are not better.   ;)   I think the storage aspect is not the main selling point. If I were to sanitize and store bottles, I'd foil the tops and store them upright.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: AmandaK on February 07, 2013, 08:25:17 PM
Yes, if you skip the part that makes them better - then they are not better.   ;)   I think the storage aspect is not the main selling point. If I were to sanitize and store bottles, I'd foil the tops and store them upright.

Touche, sir. Touche.  :D
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: anje on February 07, 2013, 09:02:31 PM
I've been eyeballing it, wondering if it would be a better choice than the bottle tree I currently use during the cleaning/draining/sanitizing process.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: weithman5 on February 07, 2013, 09:17:22 PM
I also like that you can just flip the whole lot over when ready to start filling.
this would speed up bottling just because you don't have to handle the bottles multiple times, just take the cane from one to the next then cap after
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: tcanova on February 07, 2013, 09:46:39 PM
I don't know how anyone makes a living selling gadgets to home brewers.  I am already envisioning drilling holes in some old plastic shelving that has legs attached.   :)
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Slowbrew on February 07, 2013, 09:56:30 PM
I don't know how anyone makes a living selling gadgets to home brewers.  I am already envisioning drilling holes in some old plastic shelving that has legs attached.   :)

That's funny!  My first thought was I can make something like that.   ;D

The second thought was "I'll get right on it.  As soon as I buy a router dovetail jig and build those nice wooden bottle cases I designed 11 years ago."   ::)

Paul
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Jimmy K on February 07, 2013, 10:46:01 PM
I don't know how anyone makes a living selling gadgets to home brewers.  I am already envisioning drilling holes in some old plastic shelving that has legs attached.   :)

That's funny!  My first thought was I can make something like that.   ;D

The second thought was "I'll get right on it.  As soon as I buy a router dovetail jig and build those nice wooden bottle cases I designed 11 years ago."   ::)

Paul
Save money that way - just like homebrewing.   ;D
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Slowbrew on February 08, 2013, 12:22:23 PM
I don't know how anyone makes a living selling gadgets to home brewers.  I am already envisioning drilling holes in some old plastic shelving that has legs attached.   :)

That's funny!  My first thought was I can make something like that.   ;D

The second thought was "I'll get right on it.  As soon as I buy a router dovetail jig and build those nice wooden bottle cases I designed 11 years ago."   ::)

Paul
Save money that way - just like homebrewing.   ;D
Sadly this is another project that will have wait.  I think I got assigned the build on a replacement case for a set of bell chimes that was destroyed on a drumline trip.  On the upside, I may actually be able to sneek the dovetail jig in on the project.   8)

Paul
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: phillamb168 on February 08, 2013, 01:18:49 PM
I don't know how anyone makes a living selling gadgets to home brewers.  I am already envisioning drilling holes in some old plastic shelving that has legs attached.   :)

Nobody? http://www.blichmannengineering.com/ (http://www.blichmannengineering.com/)
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: tcanova on February 08, 2013, 04:56:55 PM
I don't know how anyone makes a living selling gadgets to home brewers.  I am already envisioning drilling holes in some old plastic shelving that has legs attached.   :)

Nobody? http://www.blichmannengineering.com/ (http://www.blichmannengineering.com/)

That's funny, I thought about including Blichmann as an exception in my original post.  They do make some NICE stuff! 
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Pinski on February 08, 2013, 05:09:23 PM
What about bombers?  Do they mention how many (or if) bombers will fit and still stack with any stability?
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: tygo on February 08, 2013, 05:09:59 PM
The fastrack looks interesting but I gotta tell you, the eyes staring out at me from the ad freak me out.  Especially the dog...
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: morticaixavier on February 08, 2013, 06:00:50 PM
The fastrack looks interesting but I gotta tell you, the eyes staring out at me from the ad freak me out.  Especially the dog...

I don't know, the womans eyes are intriguing. they keep atching my attention.

What about bombers?  Do they mention how many (or if) bombers will fit and still stack with any stability?
It says on the site, 22oz, less of them but yet.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: narcout on February 09, 2013, 02:44:07 PM
Those are pretty slick; I might order some.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Jimmy K on February 14, 2013, 02:28:22 PM
What about bombers?  Do they mention how many (or if) bombers will fit and still stack with any stability?
Watch the video on the site. They show it loaded with several different size bottles and tell you how many of each will fit.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: AleForce on February 15, 2013, 03:32:32 PM
I just received my order of 3 FastRacks and 1 tray that I placed last week.  Very sturdy racks.  Looking forward to using soon.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Jimmy K on February 15, 2013, 04:54:45 PM
I just received my order of 3 FastRacks and 1 tray that I placed last week.  Very sturdy racks.  Looking forward to using soon.
Did you get the free promo rack they're advertising? I've been wondering what you need to do to get it.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: AleForce on February 15, 2013, 05:55:55 PM
Just add it to your cart and go.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: narcout on February 17, 2013, 09:45:10 PM
Did you get the free promo rack they're advertising? I've been wondering what you need to do to get it.

I just ordered two of them.  To get the free promo rack, a friend needs to place an order within 72 hours of yours, and they need to click "add a note for the seller" and enter your email address.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Jimmy K on February 18, 2013, 03:57:32 AM
Did you get the free promo rack they're advertising? I've been wondering what you need to do to get it.

I just ordered two of them.  To get the free promo rack, a friend needs to place an order within 72 hours of yours, and they need to click "add a note for the seller" and enter your email address.
Thanks
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: donredbull on March 05, 2013, 12:10:29 AM
I really like my fast rack I have only used 12 oz. bottles in it but it will hold a total of 24 bomber sized bottles in 2 racks. Hope this helps.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: narcout on March 09, 2013, 04:37:21 PM
Mine arrived in the mail a few days ago. 

The racks themselves are solidly constructed out of very heavy duty plastic.  The drip tray is a bit flimsy, but it is the least important component of the system.  When stacked, the whole thing is really stable (more so than I would have expected).

I bought it for storage more than as a sanitizing system.

 (http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff164/narcout/photo-4.jpg)
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: kmccaf on March 09, 2013, 04:39:54 PM
I also bought some, and am quite impressed with them. Quite sturdy, and made my bottling day just a bit easier.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Jeff M on March 09, 2013, 04:45:20 PM
I wish i had seen these before i bought that huge bottling tree i have.  Still, its good for something, my buddy has dubbed it a "Jewish Christmas Tree".  I find this hilarious.  When Hanuckah comes around this year he is going to put it in his window with his candles!

Jeff
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: smkranz on September 06, 2013, 08:26:59 PM
Rather than starting a new thread on this existing Subject, I figured I would tack onto this old one.

I've been bottling a bunch of kegged beers lately (too many beers, not enough kegs or fridge space) with the BeerGun, and I find that colder bottles are less prone to foaming.  I bought several sets of FastRacks to be able to stack a couple of layers of clean and sanitized bottles in my fridge to chill them prior to bottling.

An issue is that although their web site says it works with "Belgian 22 oz. (650 ml) bottles", they do *not* properly fit standard Belgian 750ml cork finish bottles (which I use frequently), without modification, because the diameter of the bottle's neck is too wide to fit all the way down into the holes.  You can sit them in there and they won't fall out, but they wobble loosely and this makes them un-stackable.

I applied a 1 3/8" hole saw to several of the holes to test the process of widening the bottom of the holes, and the bottles now fit perfectly.  The problem with this solution is that you cannot do it on the corners because those serve as the "feet" of the rack, and boring out a wider hole would also cut off the bottom part of those feet.

Hopefully they come out with a Gen II version which takes care of this issue.  Making the bottom of each hole wider so that Belgian bottles fit does not affect the way other sized bottles fit in those same holes.  So fixing this could be done with the exact same product dimensions.  Pic shows two Belgian bottles, one in a drilled out hole and one as-is.  Also, in order to stack racks holding Belgian bottles (after drilling out the holes), you need to use 22 oz. bomber bottles in the 4 corners. This basically lets you only put 6 Belgian bottles in each rack.

(http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv142/smkranz/CIMG0332_zps62bf4295.jpg)
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: Jimmy K on September 07, 2013, 11:09:49 PM
You should send it them the picture. They're pretty friendly and might keep it in mind if they ever remake the molds. They send us three sets as prizes for our local homebrew competition too.
Title: Re: FastRack
Post by: smkranz on September 17, 2013, 12:54:29 AM
You should send it them the picture. They're pretty friendly and might keep it in mind if they ever remake the molds. They send us three sets as prizes for our local homebrew competition too.

There are already a few mentions of this issue on their own review page.

And yes, they are prize sponsors of our upcoming competition as well!  Two complete 2-rack and tray sets...very cool of them.