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Old 09-28-2008, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default If you could build your fantasy brew area...

...what would it look like?

El Hubbo and I are looking at buying a home up here in the hills, then building a shop area/home office/secondary kitchen/brew complex. All this is theoretical at this point, but I wanted some input from my brew buddies. Okay, so the "fantasy" part is exaggeration. There are some constraints here. Assume, maybe 20' X 40' of space.

Already, I have in mind:

high-output gas stove with pot-filling faucet above it
dual deep sinks
cabinets (how many? what sizes?)
maybe a closet area that runs the full length of the room for dark, climate controlled fermentation space and additional storage
outdoor concreted patio area for outside brewdays

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Tell me what your brewery would look like!

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Old 09-28-2008, 12:47 PM   #2
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Budget?............

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Old 09-28-2008, 12:52 PM   #3
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Let's say $5,000 after plumbing and walls are built. Assume cheap interior components. I don't want gold doorknobs or granite countertops. Bolt-together cabinets from Slowe's will work just fine. And don't include actual brewing equipment, either. That's separate. Budget is a a bit flexible.

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Old 09-28-2008, 01:07 PM   #4
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Does EdWort get to participate in this, that rat bastard?

If I had one on an outbuilding, I'd want to get a shed big enough for a possible 3 tier system with venting, and a cooler for at least 4 fermenters. It'd need plumbing, water, electricity and gas hookup. Add an outdoor grain grinding station. Definitely an outdoor place to brew. I may think of more later, but I'm tired and getting off work soon.

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Old 09-28-2008, 01:31 PM   #5
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Forget three tier systems, were I building my fantasy brewery, I'd handle everything pre-fermented with magnetic impeller pumps. A temperature controlled fermentation area would also recieve much consideration.

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Old 09-28-2008, 01:46 PM   #6
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Definitely a walk in cooler.

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Old 09-28-2008, 01:53 PM   #7
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maybe a water conditioning system if your water sucks. My water in my new house sucks since it instantly clouds up starsan.

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Old 09-28-2008, 04:01 PM   #8
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It should be interesting to see where this goes... I'm still figuring out my evolution to 10g batches.

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Shameless bump, as this thread has crapped out.

So part of this planning process is trying to predict how much more involved in the hobby I will be in the future. All grain? Maybe, maybe not. I will certainly be building a kegerator, probably one of those small chest-freezer types, maybe with 3-4 taps. I like brewing hard cider. Lagering seems like it'd be in my future, too.

While I really enjoy brewing, my part of this hobby has been on the small scale so far. I'm really comfortable brewing 2 X 5 gal batches at a time and liked the trial run I had with kegging before I moved and left the old kegerator in Texas (it was on its last legs anyhow and highly inefficient.). I've been using kits from Austin Homebrew and modifying them just a bit here and there to my own taste. That's it, so far.


But I look at the three-tier systems some folks on here have and it doesn't seem like that would be up my alley. I like the "earthy-ness" of homebrewing and I'm not a real technical/detail person. I don't even know what half that stuff is for, although all the stainless steel sure looks pretty. But who knows? Now is the time to plan for any expansion I might want to make in the hobby in the future. Tough job, but a pleasurable one!

Thanks for all input so far! Keep it coming.

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Old 10-05-2008, 08:21 PM   #10
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base cabinets should be large enough to store 2 or 4 buckets side by side(probaly hafta build em custom from 2x4 and plywood). these would also double as fermentation closets, need 2-4 of these. take a used kitchen base that will fit a bucket and convert it to roll and fit a grain mill in the top(you can roll it outside to grind). one farmers style sink and one laundry sink with appropriate taps and a line for a bottle washer permanately installed. a high speed ventilation fan to handle combustion gases if you decide to go AG it's just as easy to do it on the counter as it is to use a three tier imo.

upper cabinets will hold small items like minerals, adjunct grains, scales, etc. so plan spacew accordingly. plan on a hanging rack over one of the sinks to hang strainers,spoons,tubing,

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