Beer bottle balancers and some rare beer

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Project by lumberjoe posted 07-31-2012 05:52 PM 1812 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I see a lot of the wine balancers on here and always thought that would be a neat little project. One problem – my wife and I don’t drink wine. We do drink beer though. These are not your average 16oz beer bottles. There are just about the same size as a wine bottle. I had to play with the angle quite a bit, but found 32.6 degrees is perfect. These are largely for proof of concept. Now that I know they work, I may make some nicer looking ones

The one in the back is red oak. The beer is very interesting. One of our favorite breweries is called Hitachino Nest Beer. They are located in Japan and some of their brewery was destroyed by the tsunami. This is called the “3 days”. From the label:
On 11 March 2011, a huge earthquake struck Japan and with it our brewery. Some parts of the brewhouse were damaged, and the brewing tanks were left leaning at an angle.

Completion of the typical mashing period had to be extended to three days until electricity to the brewery was restored.Natural fermentation had already started in the mash tun during these 3 days with lactic acid cultured in our brewery.

We don’t plan on drinking there was a very limited supply, and even more limited that made it to our shores

The other beer will be consumed however, one of our favorites as well – Alagash Victoria. That balencer is soft maple. Both are finished with Danish Oil

I can’t wait to make more of these. Great project to bang out while you are waiting for glue or finish to dry


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#1 posted 07-31-2012 05:56 PM

nice Job. You have given me an idea.

Drink the beer. Unlike wine, beer doesn’t get better with age. You will still have the bottle.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 06:00 PM

Some beer does, not this one. There is a “drinker” in the fridge ( we bought the 2 bottles they had). This one will be on display with the balencer. Besides, I have a feeling this might be disgusting. It’s a witbier that has gone well past the normal fermentation period.


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#3 posted 07-31-2012 09:24 PM

I agree with Bruce – just drink it. Take the cap off carefully – drink it – fill it with coloured water and recap it. Taste the heartache and perseverance that went into getting that beer to you and it will not taste disgusting.
I did save two bottles of special beer for a few years and then one of them blew the cap off. So I opened the other and the cap had started to deteriorate inside. The beer was past its best but I savored my loss.

Nice balancer though, and it has me thinkin.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#4 posted 07-31-2012 09:36 PM

Not a bad idea. If the one in the fridge is good, I’ll open this one. I brew and bottle my own, so I can fill it with water and recap properly


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#5 posted 08-05-2012 05:13 PM

what size hole did you use for the neck?

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