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Old 11-16-2010, 09:07 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 11-16-2010, 09:11 PM   #2
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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.

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On Deck:-- --
Primary:--Blue Ridge (Blue Moon Clone--
Secondary: --nothing--
Bottled/Kegged: --Bells Oberon Clone, Autumn Amber, Lemon Light Ale, Spotted Cow Clone, Honey Bee Ale, Double Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Trappist Ale, Bell's Oberon Clone, Savannah Saison, Cream Ale, Fat Tire Clone, Mad Cow, Koppslam IIPA--
On Tap: Ben's IPA, Saison De Noel, Mad Cow
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:17 PM   #3
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right on

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Old 11-16-2010, 09:24 PM   #4
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Volume knob for audio control and future flat panel site so I don't miss any sports. Also a hidden storage compartment behind the door which covers the power panel (holds tools, spare parts, etc.) and a fermentation chamber that can hold about 5 buckets at once.

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On Deck:-- --
Primary:--Blue Ridge (Blue Moon Clone--
Secondary: --nothing--
Bottled/Kegged: --Bells Oberon Clone, Autumn Amber, Lemon Light Ale, Spotted Cow Clone, Honey Bee Ale, Double Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Trappist Ale, Bell's Oberon Clone, Savannah Saison, Cream Ale, Fat Tire Clone, Mad Cow, Koppslam IIPA--
On Tap: Ben's IPA, Saison De Noel, Mad Cow
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:18 AM   #5
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Wow that's a pretty sweet setup. Pretty new to brewing myself but alas Craigslist hasn't been that helpful yet. I keep checking so I'll keep my fingers crossed. Anyway looks great, good luck on the rest of it!

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Old 11-17-2010, 12:31 AM   #6
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dude, i'm coveting....that is all

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Old 11-17-2010, 01:45 PM   #7
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That is awesome !

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Old 11-17-2010, 02:53 PM   #8
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Wow, you must have a ton of money wrapped up in that setup!

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All said and done, I'd say less than $2,000 for everything (which includes a 4-keg system not shown), but many of my own hours to get it this way.

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On Deck:-- --
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Secondary: --nothing--
Bottled/Kegged: --Bells Oberon Clone, Autumn Amber, Lemon Light Ale, Spotted Cow Clone, Honey Bee Ale, Double Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Trappist Ale, Bell's Oberon Clone, Savannah Saison, Cream Ale, Fat Tire Clone, Mad Cow, Koppslam IIPA--
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:09 PM   #10
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Yeah, time involved often is morethan actual money invested. I know my cars have been that way.

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