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Waunabeer 11-16-2010 10:07 PM

My New Brew Room
 
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So I've been working on a brew room in my basement for the past 3 months. I brewed one batch on the stove upstairs (my first batch back in July) and decided it was time for my own room with all the conveniences. It's about 9'x17' in size

I found some awesome deals on Craigslist: huge SS wash tub for $110, a 24"x48" stainless steel table for $70 and a stainless steel range hood for $40. Those along with the fairly new full-size refridgerator for FREE (future kegerator); and a mini-fridge for $25. These things got me really motivated. I love CL.

I then framed in the room, ran all wiring, did the plumbing for the wash tub, ran gas pipe from a line that was already running through the ceiling, put up drywall (unfinished so far), put in speakers, ran cable (for future TV), put in a volume knob, built a fermentation chamber, and purchased a few other goodies to make the entire process a little smoother and more precise.


Waunabeer 11-16-2010 10:07 PM

My New Brew Room
 
5 Attachment(s)

So I've been working on a brew room in my basement for the past 3 months. I brewed one batch on the stove upstairs (my first batch back in July) and decided it was time for my own room with all the conveniences. It's about 9'x17' in size

I found some awesome deals on Craigslist: huge SS wash tub for $110, a 24"x48" stainless steel table for $70 and a stainless steel range hood for $40. Those along with the fairly new full-size refridgerator for FREE (future kegerator); and a mini-fridge for $25. These things got me really motivated. I love CL.

I then framed in the room, ran all wiring, did the plumbing for the wash tub, ran gas pipe from a line that was already running through the ceiling, put up drywall (unfinished so far), put in speakers, ran cable (for future TV), put in a volume knob, built a fermentation chamber, and purchased a few other goodies to make the entire process a little smoother and more precise.


Waunabeer 11-16-2010 10:07 PM

My New Brew Room
 
5 Attachment(s)

So I've been working on a brew room in my basement for the past 3 months. I brewed one batch on the stove upstairs (my first batch back in July) and decided it was time for my own room with all the conveniences. It's about 9'x17' in size

I found some awesome deals on Craigslist: huge SS wash tub for $110, a 24"x48" stainless steel table for $70 and a stainless steel range hood for $40. Those along with the fairly new full-size refridgerator for FREE (future kegerator); and a mini-fridge for $25. These things got me really motivated. I love CL.

I then framed in the room, ran all wiring, did the plumbing for the wash tub, ran gas pipe from a line that was already running through the ceiling, put up drywall (unfinished so far), put in speakers, ran cable (for future TV), put in a volume knob, built a fermentation chamber, and purchased a few other goodies to make the entire process a little smoother and more precise.


Waunabeer 11-16-2010 10:07 PM

My New Brew Room
 
5 Attachment(s)

So I've been working on a brew room in my basement for the past 3 months. I brewed one batch on the stove upstairs (my first batch back in July) and decided it was time for my own room with all the conveniences. It's about 9'x17' in size

I found some awesome deals on Craigslist: huge SS wash tub for $110, a 24"x48" stainless steel table for $70 and a stainless steel range hood for $40. Those along with the fairly new full-size refridgerator for FREE (future kegerator); and a mini-fridge for $25. These things got me really motivated. I love CL.

I then framed in the room, ran all wiring, did the plumbing for the wash tub, ran gas pipe from a line that was already running through the ceiling, put up drywall (unfinished so far), put in speakers, ran cable (for future TV), put in a volume knob, built a fermentation chamber, and purchased a few other goodies to make the entire process a little smoother and more precise.


Waunabeer 11-16-2010 10:07 PM

My New Brew Room
 
5 Attachment(s)

So I've been working on a brew room in my basement for the past 3 months. I brewed one batch on the stove upstairs (my first batch back in July) and decided it was time for my own room with all the conveniences. It's about 9'x17' in size

I found some awesome deals on Craigslist: huge SS wash tub for $110, a 24"x48" stainless steel table for $70 and a stainless steel range hood for $40. Those along with the fairly new full-size refridgerator for FREE (future kegerator); and a mini-fridge for $25. These things got me really motivated. I love CL.

I then framed in the room, ran all wiring, did the plumbing for the wash tub, ran gas pipe from a line that was already running through the ceiling, put up drywall (unfinished so far), put in speakers, ran cable (for future TV), put in a volume knob, built a fermentation chamber, and purchased a few other goodies to make the entire process a little smoother and more precise.


Waunabeer 11-16-2010 10:11 PM

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Well today I finally used it all and brewed my first beer. I must say that it went very smoothly and hope for great results in a few weeks. My first two beers had some major flavor issues, which I believe that came from a hot ferment and various temperature fluctuations in the basement. I had a hard time controlling these things before, but hopefully that is all behind me.

It's a 3-tier system, but I reuse some parts. I have my 5 gal. kettle up on the Blichmann burner with the legs on top of the table used as a HLT. Then while it's mashing, I move the Blichmann burner down to the ground so I can drain the wort into my 15 gal. kettle. Once my boil is complete I pump the wort (chugger pump) into the bucket through a 30-plate chiller w/thermomonitor to ensure a good cooldown. Then the bucket goes in the fermentation chamber (which is controlled by my ebay aquarium temp. controller).

Several hundred dollars later and I'm happy with the way it turned out and everything seemed to work very well today. I'm sure I will probably continue to tweak things as I see fit and maybe add some paint and tile at a later time.


Waunabeer 11-16-2010 10:11 PM

5 Attachment(s)

Well today I finally used it all and brewed my first beer. I must say that it went very smoothly and hope for great results in a few weeks. My first two beers had some major flavor issues, which I believe that came from a hot ferment and various temperature fluctuations in the basement. I had a hard time controlling these things before, but hopefully that is all behind me.

It's a 3-tier system, but I reuse some parts. I have my 5 gal. kettle up on the Blichmann burner with the legs on top of the table used as a HLT. Then while it's mashing, I move the Blichmann burner down to the ground so I can drain the wort into my 15 gal. kettle. Once my boil is complete I pump the wort (chugger pump) into the bucket through a 30-plate chiller w/thermomonitor to ensure a good cooldown. Then the bucket goes in the fermentation chamber (which is controlled by my ebay aquarium temp. controller).

Several hundred dollars later and I'm happy with the way it turned out and everything seemed to work very well today. I'm sure I will probably continue to tweak things as I see fit and maybe add some paint and tile at a later time.


Waunabeer 11-16-2010 10:11 PM

5 Attachment(s)

Well today I finally used it all and brewed my first beer. I must say that it went very smoothly and hope for great results in a few weeks. My first two beers had some major flavor issues, which I believe that came from a hot ferment and various temperature fluctuations in the basement. I had a hard time controlling these things before, but hopefully that is all behind me.

It's a 3-tier system, but I reuse some parts. I have my 5 gal. kettle up on the Blichmann burner with the legs on top of the table used as a HLT. Then while it's mashing, I move the Blichmann burner down to the ground so I can drain the wort into my 15 gal. kettle. Once my boil is complete I pump the wort (chugger pump) into the bucket through a 30-plate chiller w/thermomonitor to ensure a good cooldown. Then the bucket goes in the fermentation chamber (which is controlled by my ebay aquarium temp. controller).

Several hundred dollars later and I'm happy with the way it turned out and everything seemed to work very well today. I'm sure I will probably continue to tweak things as I see fit and maybe add some paint and tile at a later time.


Waunabeer 11-16-2010 10:11 PM

5 Attachment(s)

Well today I finally used it all and brewed my first beer. I must say that it went very smoothly and hope for great results in a few weeks. My first two beers had some major flavor issues, which I believe that came from a hot ferment and various temperature fluctuations in the basement. I had a hard time controlling these things before, but hopefully that is all behind me.

It's a 3-tier system, but I reuse some parts. I have my 5 gal. kettle up on the Blichmann burner with the legs on top of the table used as a HLT. Then while it's mashing, I move the Blichmann burner down to the ground so I can drain the wort into my 15 gal. kettle. Once my boil is complete I pump the wort (chugger pump) into the bucket through a 30-plate chiller w/thermomonitor to ensure a good cooldown. Then the bucket goes in the fermentation chamber (which is controlled by my ebay aquarium temp. controller).

Several hundred dollars later and I'm happy with the way it turned out and everything seemed to work very well today. I'm sure I will probably continue to tweak things as I see fit and maybe add some paint and tile at a later time.


Waunabeer 11-16-2010 10:11 PM

5 Attachment(s)

Well today I finally used it all and brewed my first beer. I must say that it went very smoothly and hope for great results in a few weeks. My first two beers had some major flavor issues, which I believe that came from a hot ferment and various temperature fluctuations in the basement. I had a hard time controlling these things before, but hopefully that is all behind me.

It's a 3-tier system, but I reuse some parts. I have my 5 gal. kettle up on the Blichmann burner with the legs on top of the table used as a HLT. Then while it's mashing, I move the Blichmann burner down to the ground so I can drain the wort into my 15 gal. kettle. Once my boil is complete I pump the wort (chugger pump) into the bucket through a 30-plate chiller w/thermomonitor to ensure a good cooldown. Then the bucket goes in the fermentation chamber (which is controlled by my ebay aquarium temp. controller).

Several hundred dollars later and I'm happy with the way it turned out and everything seemed to work very well today. I'm sure I will probably continue to tweak things as I see fit and maybe add some paint and tile at a later time.



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