Knights of the Mashing Fork
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  • By: Bryan Peretto

Cheap and Easy Drip Tray

If you have a good amount of taps like myself, youíre going to need a big (or a few medium) drip trays.

Iíve been on every homebrew and/or kegging website and Iíve yet to find a drip tray at a reasonable price.

Once again, itís time to make it for ourselves. And itís so damn easy.

The tray itself is made from a metal stud without perforations. I found mine near the sheet rock. After cutting the stud for length plus a few inches, I used heavy duty scissors (tin snips, hack saw, or dremel would work, too) to cut along an inch of each fold on each end.

The bottom now folds up to become the end wall, and the sides fold over to give it some support and to form the corners. A little caulk makes for a water (or beer) tight seal.

Drainage. I found a drain insert in the plumbing aisle. It was a half inch thin copper stub of a pipe with a flange on one end. I cut a hole in the middle of the drip tray and installed the fitting with some more of that caulk. To the pipe end on the bottom, I added some hose with a clamp. The hose can lead to a bucket. Right now, Iím using a milk jug.

The Top. Where do you get that cool insert that you find in a commercial drip tray? Easy, itís the plastic stuff you find for use under fluorescent lighting in a drop ceiling. Just snip it to size.

Total cost of a 6 foot long drip tray: about $9. If you bought it online (assuming you can find one that big): easily over $80 if not a lot more.

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