Hanging Sprout Jars (improved with bicycle tubes)

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I just discovered how delicious and healthy fresh sprouts are. So I wanted to grow my own.
Buying equipment was not an option since this was crying out for DIY free or at least cheap solutions.

Thinkenstein brought me to try out his hanging sprout jars:

The jars with the screen in the lid work pretty well, but the hanging-version included a little too much wire bending for me. I´m really lazy. Also I wanted some detachable solution for an easier cleaning of the jars.

So here is what I came up with after thinking about it for a while:

A rubber holder with a keyring for easy handling

- one size fits different (sizes of) jars or can be custom build for larger or smaller jars
- easy to attach and to remove for cleaning
- easily adaptable for hanging the jars upright or upside down
- cheap
- built in minutes
- no special tools needed, only some scissors
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Step 1: Tools and materials

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- a sprouting jar with a screen in the lid (or holes in the lid)
- a piece of bicycle inner tube
- scissors
- (optional) keyrings
- (optional) hooks

Step 2: The right length

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Cut off a piece of the tube, length depending on the diameter of your jar.

Rule of thumb: diameter of the jar plus one inch (or 2.5 cm) worked fine for me.

Step 3:

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Cut open the piece of tube.

Step 4:

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Cut out a piece about one inch (2- 2.5 cm) wide.

Step 5:

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Fold it into half und cut. Leave space at the ends.

Step 6: Cutting it right

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Leave some space at one end for the hanger and cut out circles at the ends of the slit to prevent the rubber from ripping apart when it´s under tension.

This is a really important step, if you leave the ends of the slit raw, it is very likely that your piece of rubber will tear apart once you stretch it!

Step 7: Hanger

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Add another hole at one end which will work as a hanger.
Fold the rubber sheet again and cut out a half circle. If you just cut a slit into it, the rubber will rip.
confu (author) 5 months ago

Look at the links in the intro to thinkensteins instructables and first pic in step one.

Stainless steel mesh works fine, about 1 - 2 mm grid, smaller won´t drain properly, larger might let some seed pass through. You might also simply push some holes into the lid.
For more detailed explanation pm me.

antioch5 months ago

Nice one, but why not shed some light on the lid or link to an ible that does?