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Old 10-26-2007, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default Time to build the brew hut! Any ideas?

Ok,

SWMBO has issued the ultimatum. I HAVE to build a brew hut and clear out all my stuff from the garage, kitchen, & living room.

I'm looking for ideas & help. Here are my wants in the brew hut.

I've got about 15' w x20' L to work with in the front yard. I want room for a poker table & bar, two chest freezers & a fridge. I want a cold storage room too.

I also want to brew rain, snow, shine, hot or cold.

I'm going to build this myself and post pics in a new thread for the DIY section.

SWMBO wants it needs to look like this.





This will be a work in progress, so let the ideas begin!

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Old 10-26-2007, 10:17 PM   #2
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Are you laying a slap?

Do you have a decent budget?
If so I'd build from prefab components. Plenty of good options on the market.
All pre insulated.

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Old 10-26-2007, 10:22 PM   #3
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Are you laying a slap?

Do you have a decent budget?
If so I'd build from prefab components. Plenty of good options on the market.
All pre insulated.
What's laying a slap mean? Not being a smartass, I just want to know. Hope to build my own brewhut someday.
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Old 10-26-2007, 10:30 PM   #4
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I think he meant to type slab.

Wish I were in a financial postition where my SWMBO could order me to build a brewhouse.....

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I couldn't agree more. There are tons of prefab sheds out there, and you really can't save money doing it yourself especially with the extra time invested. How about used central air components for the chill room, after it's assembled it doesn't cost much to have a service come out and fill the freon (I saved a ton when I replaced my home's A/C by myself. there was a leak, so I didn't even have to get anyone to evacuate it before I started). Ask yourself if you really want a service bar, or just a serving and drinking area which could be smaller, giving you more room for the brewing area. Otherwise make the bar include fold out shelves and such to make racking and bottling easier. Design racks for empty carboys, buckets, etc. I guess I'm saying make things adaptable to the different things youll be doing in there instead of completely separating areas. arrange exact plans for electricity water and sewage before you start..... That's all the ideas i have at the moment.

BTW I'm jealous

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I'm looking for ideas & help. Here are my wants in the brew hut.

I've got about 15' w x20' L to work with in the front yard. I want room for a poker table & bar, two chest freezers & a fridge. I want a cold storage room too.

This will be a work in progress, so let the ideas begin!
Before finalizing your plans, I think you should do a preliminary build in another location. Just to work the ergonomics out, and make sure the water, drains, electrical, gas hookups, etc are placed correctly. After all, you'll be using this space for many years, so you want to get it right.

Come to think of it, I happen to have a 15' x 20' spot open in the backyard. When shall I expect you?
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I'm not laying a slab. It'll be pier & beam (no permit needed then). I can't get a pre-fab unit the size I want where I want without cutting down some Live Oaks, so I'm looking at building it myself.

Good thought on the service bar. I want taps coming through the wall of the cold room with perhaps a 36" wide nook for a bar.

My budget is $4K so far.

No sewage needed. I'm putting in a french drain just for the sink when I rinsing kegs & carboys.

Fold out shelves sound good as well as racks for carboys & cornies.

I'm not a carpenter, but I'll be buying some books at Lowe's this weekend.

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I'm not sure about brewhuts, but I'm pretty sure the first step is to buy SWMBO something very nice.

Have you checked out Jamil Z's brewshed? There isn't a ton of info on there, but it can give you a little more on the dimensions he has, the AC, etc.

Good luck!

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This is not quite 1/2 of my back yard.

I wouldn't know where to put a brewhut since there's already a single car garage back there....

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I've seen Jamil's shed, thanks. He's part of the inspriation for a cold room, along with John Beere.

SWMBO will be getting a kitchen remodel in our old house some time in Spring and there's no way she'll let me brew in there once that's done.

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