Beer Cellar thread - real cellars, closet cellars, fridge cellars, freezer cellars, wine coolers

Discussion in 'Cellaring Beer' started by evilc, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. 2plums4one

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    Those shelves have served me well but they do start to bow after a while if they aare full. They are supposed to be ilke 400-800 lbs per shelf so I am not sure why they are bowing. Shouldn't have any issues if its not 100% full
     
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  2. acurtis

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    Mor trips to my house in order brah
     
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  3. jkschoessel

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    I was concerned about this because I have similar shelving in my garage and shed and they've all bowed (I'm sure humidity is also a factor). I'm keeping a close eye on them and made sure not to fully load down any one shelf in particular. Thank you for looking out!
     
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  4. mwbbq

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    I posted about this somewhere else before, but I have the same type of shelves and they were also bowing. Then, I saw a picture of somebody's shelf when one of them failed and they lost like 30 bottles :eek:

    The next day, I went to Home Depot and bought one huge piece of 3/4" plywood and had them cut it to size for the 4 shelves I use. No more bowing and under $20 for a fix. Strongly recommended.
     
  5. jkschoessel

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    I think I might look into that. I've got a table saw so cutting the plywood wouldn't be an issue and it's definitely stronger than that crappy particle board. Thanks for the tip mwbbq!!
     
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  6. Brubaker

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    For my shelving, I'm thinking of going with IKEA butcher block and steel pipe. My shelves will be permanent fixtures though, so I'm trying to make it look as nice as possible.

    Something along the lines of this (I think I'd have 4 shelves by 5 or 6 feet long):
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  7. FTowne

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  8. MrHensley

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    Our family closet cellar is running out of room. Do you guys find that you buy more beers than you actually drink?

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  9. I did, until I decided to stop buying beer that I don't actually like; I only buy beer that goes right into the fridge, saisons and lambic now. No problems keeping my cellar under control anymore...
     
  10. drbenzo

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    Yup... back in 2013. And I would just drink through most of it. In my experience not a lot BA stouts hold up very well, especially if they're already BA. Just my 2 cents. I've been drinking through my cellar for years and keeping mostly big Broohery and Lambic, and a few barley wines.
     
  11. BadJustin

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    +1 on this. Works great.
     
  12. davey101

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    This. I only age lambic and yellow cap DFH beers now. Very few beers I aged actually improved.
     
  13. blue_bleeder

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    FTFM
     
  14. TheAbyss

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    I didn't realize how bad my beer hording had become until I moved. Having to move and store 30ish full 12 shippers forced a life change. Now I just drink my cellar and only really horde things I love that I cant get year round.
     
  15. PepeSylvia

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    Working towards this now...
     
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  16. kscaldef

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    Wait... there are people who don't buy more than they can actually drink?
     
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  17. Trady

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    So my wife went on a cleaning binge, and demanded I reorganize my beer "situation". I had about 5 cases of assorted large bottles, and a few cases of smaller format bottles too. Several empty carboys, buckets, empty bottles, way past drinkable cans of Yuengling and other beers that have drifted into undrinkable "cellaring experiments" (or IPA to barleywine conversions, if you're into that sort of thing). We have a basement that's divided into two sides, and the one side had become a refuse bin for random beer and bubble wrap, so it was time to clean it up.

    Drained about 2 cases worth of beer that was completely undrinkable (6-pack of 2013 Nugget Nectar was a highlight of the drain session). I took sips of mostly everything, it ranged from 2012 Buffalo Bill's Orange Cream Ale and 2010 Lindemann's Pomme Lambic (this was one of the worst). Rediscovered some great beers I've had down there, which I'll get back to drinking down, may even post some Cellared Reviews.

    The cedar chest is just holding some old clothing, but I was happy to get this organized.

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    This is much better than the 200+ bottles I moved into this house with 3 years ago, glad to have a manageable volume.
     
  18. Brubaker

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    I did a woodwork cellar!

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    Next I need to organize and dedicate an area of shame which will hold all the beers that have no business being here (or anywhere).
     
  19. bahnfire

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    So the previous owners of our current house had just completed some renovations/improvements when they decided to get divorced and sell the house. One of those improvements was finishing the basement. However they made what seemed like an unusual choice to create a "secret" unfinished room. The guy had been using it to store paint and other household items. I believe I've put it to much better use. Apologies in advance for the low quality pics.

    Door to secret room (also access to electrical box and water shutoff).
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    Doesn't look like much until you poke you head in and look to the right. A passageway to unknown fortunes! (and cobwebs)
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    After navigating the dark narrow passage way you just need to locate the light switch and voila, the secret stash appears.
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  20. BeersMorgan

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    All that Schramm's on the top shelf is making my palms sweaty.