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I'm in the market for 30 gallons barrel racks. Just got a quote from Western Square- $210 per rack all-in when buying 50 racks, more if buying less than 50.

Are there any other rack makers that might be recommended or other solutions? Perhaps my frugality is showing, but 10k+ just seems a little steep for storing 100 barrels.

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Have you ever thought about building barrel ricks into your space? 

Typically they can be constructed for much less than buying those stackable racks, and its easier to pull barrels out when you want to empty them.

Here are a few examples I have helped design and build out for clients.

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45 minutes ago, whiskeytango said:

Seems to me the built in racks would be a pain in the a$$.  With my luck I would always need the first barrel on the rack so I’d have to move all the ones in front 

 

 

All those built in ricks allow for you you pull spirits from the first barrel or remove any barrel from them in any location.

Then if you want to replace it, you just set a new barrel in and fill it up. They work great, a single person can drain remove replace and fill a barrel in those ricks.

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I have a solution for you out of Wisconsin my homey Jay Palmer @ Palmer manufacturing believes he out of Merrimac. Hemakes stackable black sleek barrel racks we’ve bought hundreds and hundreds off him. Sold most of them to Tommy Len.z he can speak to their quality only reason I sold them was we went to ricks and never looked back. Kindred posted a great design there! Super easy to build and more convenient to work with once you figure it out. IME. Anyways racks, we got ours around 108/ rack new but we bought in bulk bulk bulk! Lmk if you need more info on Jay. 
 

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On 10/5/2022 at 10:34 AM, Kindred Spirits said:

All those built in ricks allow for you you pull spirits from the first barrel or remove any barrel from them in any location.

Then if you want to replace it, you just set a new barrel in and fill it up. They work great, a single person can drain remove replace and fill a barrel in those ricks.

This is probably a very dumb question from me, but I have always wondered how they pull the middle barrel in the middle rack of the built in racks. Or even how to get to them to sample without moving every barrel around it.

Can you explain it to me?

Thanks

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Hello fainting goat I am the dancing goat it is nice to meet you 

 

so traditional ricks are intended to allow easy sampling of barrels by drilling the heads and then using spikes to seal (use hard oak spikes not poplar). Kindred has posted a somewhat modified design of ricks which have more space between them. It would appear you could possibly use a fork lift to remove barrels but realistically drilling is the safest, cheapest from labor perspective, and quickest way to sample. Opening bungs to extract samples are just wonderful opportunities for contamination 

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4 minutes ago, FaintingGoatSpirits said:

This is probably a very dumb question from me, but I have always wondered how they pull the middle barrel in the middle rack of the built in racks. Or even how to get to them to sample without moving every barrel around it.

Can you explain it to me?

Thanks

The way the barrel ricks are designed is each barrel can be reached from one side.  There is enough space above the barrels to reach in, pull a bung, drain it out via siphon or pump and then pull the barrel right out the side. 

They also permit the user to climb up on them or setup a ladder so all work can be done easily. Barrels that are higher up typically require a forklift or a couple people on ladders to pull.

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2 minutes ago, SlickFloss said:

Hello fainting goat I am the dancing goat it is nice to meet you 

 

so traditional ricks are intended to allow easy sampling of barrels by drilling the heads and then using spikes to seal (use hard oak spikes not poplar). Kindred has posted a somewhat modified design of ricks which have more space between them. It would appear you could possibly use a fork lift to remove barrels but realistically drilling is the safest, cheapest from labor perspective, and quickest way to sample. Opening bungs to extract samples are just wonderful opportunities for contamination 

Slickfloss is right about the sampling. if you want to test how the barrel is turning out drilling is the best way to do so. Bung pulling is only for draining/filling. 

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4 minutes ago, Kindred Spirits said:

Slickfloss is right about the sampling. if you want to test how the barrel is turning out drilling is the best way to do so. Bung pulling is only for draining/filling. 

Great work on those ricks, emir you ever find yourself around South Central Wisconsin holler at me we’d love to have you as a guest to our spot 

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30 minutes ago, SlickFloss said:

Great work on those ricks, emir you ever find yourself around South Central Wisconsin holler at me we’d love to have you as a guest to our spot 

I really appreciate the compliment, so far they have worked out great for the clients I have designed them for. They love having the extra room to pull the barrels and having them custom built to their space really helps with optimizing their floorplan.

Most had stacks of barrels before, and hated how difficult it was to get to the earlier barrels which always ended up way in the back of the pile on the bottom.

 

I would love to make it out that way sometime.  If I can get a client out that way it would make for a fun business trip.

@SlickFloss I tried to send you a PM but it wouldn't let me for some reason.

 

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19 hours ago, SlickFloss said:

Hello fainting goat I am the dancing goat it is nice to meet you 

 

so traditional ricks are intended to allow easy sampling of barrels by drilling the heads and then using spikes to seal (use hard oak spikes not poplar). Kindred has posted a somewhat modified design of ricks which have more space between them. It would appear you could possibly use a fork lift to remove barrels but realistically drilling is the safest, cheapest from labor perspective, and quickest way to sample. Opening bungs to extract samples are just wonderful opportunities for contamination 

Hey slick,

Can you speak more to the contaminants you are worried about from bung sampling? 

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