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Beer Wagon Deployed

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

The latest do it yourself (DIY) home brew project is complete! This is nowhere near as cool as my shed, but it does help save the back when it comes to brewing.

beer wagon in action

While my brew shed is underway I brew in the garage and ferment in the spare bedroom. This means I have to lug a full carboy up and down the hall. Carrying a full carboy sucks. I use carboy straps to help make it easier but it is a pretty long way. I built this beer wagon to make life easier.

beer wagon

The wagon measures 16.5” x 16.5”, 11.5” tall. That is plenty of room for a 6.5 gallon carboy. I used a 16”x16” 3/4” plywood base and some scrap wood I had left over for the rails. The white wood is aspen, 1/4” thick. The vertical supports are 1.25” wide. The horizontal rails are 2.25” wide. The trim is walnut and mahogany same dimensions. Any hard wood will do.

beer wagon bottom

For mobility and load capacity it has 3” casters. Wheels are fixed in the back, and swiveled in the front for steering. A gallon of water weighs 8.35 pounds, so figure if you want to move seven gallons plus the carboy you need to be able to support 65 pounds. Most 3” casters support over 100 pounds easily.

beer wagon storage

  1. 2 Responses to “Beer Wagon Deployed”

  2. About your carboy wagon…I just use a large plant dolly from WalMart for $5.97…works great and handles up to 120 lbs.

    By Bill on Jun 14, 2011

  3. Great idea on the plant dolly. Home brewers are always looking for low cost solutions to little problems like this one.

    In my case I just wanted to build it for fun. It is the kind of thing that will get used for many things. My kids will probably get into it someday too.

    By Larry on Jun 17, 2011

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