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Old 12-19-2012, 06:45 PM   #1
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I am in the process of building a home brewery. The brewery is in a detached building and will include appropriate drains, water, natural gas and electricity. I am saving the cost of labor by doing most of the construction myself. I have a full time career outside of my hobby and construction so it is going a bit on the slow side. The dimensions are 22 x 18.

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Old 12-19-2012, 06:48 PM   #2
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:58 PM   #3
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Very cool. What part of Washington are you in? I live in Edmonds and my wife and I are buying our first house with being able to build a separate brewery a big part of our decision.

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Old 12-19-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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Nice! This would be my dream! Are you going to grow hops in those raised planters in the back?

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Old 12-19-2012, 07:09 PM   #5
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I am on the east of the mountains. I also selected this property when we moved here for the ability to add a brewery or accessory building at some point. One of my neighbors has a third car garage he used exclusively for brewery. When he bought his house, he had it plumbed in with extra water pipes and a sink.

That's not a bad idea for hops. I might even be able to add lots of sand to the mix to make it somewhat like Yakima Valley soil conditions.

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Old 12-19-2012, 07:18 PM   #6
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Very very cool.

I'm out on the west side of the mountains in Raymond, but I lived in Athol and CDA Idaho and worked out of Spokane for quite a while.

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Old 12-19-2012, 07:58 PM   #7
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Congrats on breaking ground! It sounds like you have things well thought out, and the initial layout and slab look great.

I recently completed a similar project in my backyard in Seattle, and I wish you the best in your build!

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Old 12-19-2012, 08:02 PM   #8
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Sub'd!!! Can't wait to follow this one through!
Congrats and good luck!

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I am at the point of selecting an appropriate sized hood for my brewing equipment. I will be using a combination of electric and natural gas. My batch sizes will be from 30 - 45 gallons.

I followed fall-line's thread as well as what Kal posted on theelectricbrewery.com . My concern is brewing indoors and making sure carbon monoxide is removed from the room. I also want to make sure condensation is not an issue.

Can anyone point me to an appropriate formula or method to calculate the appropriate cfm and hood size? I obviously don't want to spend $5000 on a hood/vent/fan system. Does anyone have experience with a building inspector reference this issue?

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Framing the walls. The leading wall was designed with a header to support a future garage roll-up door. For now it is being framed for a double steel door. I want this space to be as energy efficient as possible. If I get tired of the brewery idea someday, I will convert it to a man toy garage.

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