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Drying stands and the dryer-resistent decanter: How do you dry your wine carafe?


Who has got tips on decanter dryers?

Normally I find a drying stand ideal. The water drips out on its own with a little help from gravity.

But the skewed angle at which the curvier decanters hang off the stand can still allow draining water to pool in recessed areas and small depressions in the side of the carafe. Once it begins to form a puddle you know you're in trouble. The water will never evaporate. Those stubborn puddles of moisture that linger in the hard-to-reach areas of your wine decenter are even more stubborn as wintertime approaches.

So drying stands: not so easy after all.

I bought this pipe-cleaner at a restaurant supply store. I don't remember what the device was actually designed for, but as soon as I saw the pliable stem, soft scratch-free bristles on a long handle, I knew it would come in handy for the strange microclimates that habitually form in my carafe.

Here I am depicted struggling with this the other day. I had to go it again and again before the droplets of water finally receded.




You need more than to graze them with an absorbent surface. I think this concept for drying is the best idea but have never heard any testimonials as to whether it really works.

4 comments:

RougeAndBlanc said...

Marcus,
I tried the following
1) Rinse the decanter with fairly hot water after cleaning. Hot water does evaporate faster than cold water, therefore less vapor will accumulate.
2) Rinse the decanter with straight volka. Volka will replace water and evaporate better therefore less chance of it to pool up.
3) Your decanter stand (mine too) always leave it tilted in an angle. Maybe it is time to seek one that forces the decanter to hang upside down perpendicularly.

David McDuff said...

It looks as though you have a full head of hair, Marcus. Why not just give the decanter a blast of hot air from your hair dryer?

Joe said...

Nice idea, David. Personally, I just live with the stains - who am I trying to impress? The bigger problem is that stain from the top of the decanter stand - don't know what to do with that. Doesn't that cloth leave a scent?

Dr. Debs said...

I got those blue snakey things for Xmas. Stay tuned. I'll let you know. I'm always afraid the decanter will fall off the drying stand...