Originally Posted by RandomBeerGuy
Right now im looking at glacier tanks because so far they are cheaper than most. I want to get all my equipment from one vendor.
You might look at Stout Tanks, I just picked up a custom 1/2bbl system I had them build. They were excellent with communication and dealing with all my questions and changes I was making especially given it is such a small order for them. You also get the advantage of having competing quotes and get to hear why their equipment is better than the other guys.
As a side note, everything I have ever heard is that a 7bbl is about the minimum size to be profitable when you dealing with overhead such as leased space.
As for the original question, which I know is no longer relevant at the moment, but my understanding is that you can have a brewery at home so long as it is in a detached building. This has to do with WA state law, not federal, all they care about is that you have your tax bond up and paperwork completed. If you ever want more info on this, go talk to Eric down at Puyallup River Brewing, he has a 1.5bbl system at his house...he is usually too busy to chat too long, but if you sit at the bar when its slow and order a few beers he is happy to give you a little insight.