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Hoppopotomus 11-26-2011 10:45 PM

Hoppo's E-Brewery Build
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For those of you have have followed some of my other threads, I have been promising a thread to chronicle my e-brewery build. Well, I'm finally starting to make some progress. I am wrapping up the rest of my basement and will be having carpeting installed soon. I spent a few hours cleaning up and clearing out the storage side of my basement where the brewery will be located. There is still a bunch of furniture, storage shelf, etc. in the room, but the wall where the majority of the brewing is going to take place is clear and I have been working on ideas for a layout. I purchased a couple of stainless tables from a deli that went out of business by my office and an oversized single bay ss sink with a large drip pan from another "going out of business" liquidation sale. I plan on taking a trip to Menards for all of the lumber, drywall, electrical, and plumbing for the brewing space very shortly. More pics. to follow.

WAORGANY 11-26-2011 11:26 PM

This looks like its going t be awesome, I am hoping to begin building my home brewery soon as well...Winter project this year for me!!! All the best looks good so far! :tank: :mug:

dburgette 11-27-2011 01:28 AM

Those tables and sink are perfect. I need to keep my eye out for something similar. What are you going to do about ventilation in case of moisture?

Lucky_Chicken 11-27-2011 07:24 PM

looks good... I just got the go ahead to build an electric this winter also... time to get working, and start my own thread.

Jota21 11-27-2011 07:41 PM


lonepalm 11-28-2011 05:11 PM


Hoppopotomus 11-28-2011 05:41 PM


Originally Posted by dburgette (Post 3519595)
Those tables and sink are perfect. I need to keep my eye out for something similar. What are you going to do about ventilation in case of moisture?

Keep an eye out on CL, they pop up in my area all of the time. I'm in SE Michigan, so the economy has been horrible for the past few years and many small "mom & pop" type restaurants have gone out of business. The tables and sink are a little scratched up, but when I start the finish polishing on the keggles, I'll hit them as well. I also have some stainless steel paint and have to sand, prime, and paint the sink base, which is a little rusty. I plan on putting in a large hood ventilation system similar to Kal's electric brewery build over all 3 vessels. I'm going to need an industrial size exhaust fan, because it's a pretty long run to the back bond of the house. There's a garage on the other side of the bond where the brewery is situated, so venting straight up and out isn't an option. I plan on putting in a drop ceiling to hide all of the ductwork, electrical, overhead plumbing, etc. I also have to call on my neighbor, who is a commerical plumber, to bust up the concrete to run the drain from the sink over to an existing drain about 10 ft. away. Lot's to do. :mug:

Hoppopotomus 11-28-2011 05:45 PM

WAORGANY & jtsims21.....good luck with your winter brewery builds, can't wait to follow your threads! :mug:

Hoppopotomus 01-25-2012 12:13 PM

Finally found some time to work on the brewery now that the holiday B.S. is out of the way. I went and purchased all of the lumber at HD and got the majority of the walls studded out yesterday. I have a bit more to do, then I'm going to start wiring and plumbing for everything. My layout is going to be one long continuous assembly line of brewing. If you have seen my rustic knotty pine and cedar log keezer build....that's the look I'm going for with this build. I just finished designing (on paper) four boxes on casters.....a grain storage compartment, a grain weighing/milling cabinet, an Ale fermentation chamber, and a lager fermentation chamber. All will be mobile and dressed out with knotty pine and cedar trim. The layout from left to right will be as follows:

Grain Storage Bin -> Grain Weighing/Milling Cabinet -> SS Brewing Table with 3 Vessel HERMS System -> SS Sink w/Drip Pan -> Ale Fermentation Chamber -> Lager Fermentation Chamber.

All of the component compartments will have tumbled travertine tile tops and will be standard countertop height, which will serve as a ton of countertop work space for the work station. The wall behind the 3 vessel system will be tumbled travertine and on either side will be knotty pine. There will be a large exhaust hood over the brewing station. I plan on having softened Hot and Cold water plumbed to the ss sink. I am also installing a filtration system off of my pre-softener water line, plumbed to a faucet directly over the HLT for filtered hard bewing water. Of course, I'm going to have to explore my water chemistry further, as I have always used store purchased spring water for brewing. My second SS work table will serve as a work island for the room. I plan on using a porceline tile on the floor and there is already a floor drain in place.

A ton of work ahead of me, but also a ton of fun! I'll keep you guys posted as I progress. :mug:

thelorax121 01-25-2012 03:05 PM

Awesome work. I like the ss tables, and am leaning towards using one for my electric build as well considering they are cheaper and easier than welding up a single tier stand

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