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Old 04-16-2009, 09:48 PM   #1
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Here's the deal. I've got this "cabin" next to the house currently housing patio furniture, sports equipment, and some critters that found gaps in the previous owners crappy construction. The previous owners lived in it with no running water while they roughed in the house.

It is currently insulated, drywalled (minus the ceiling), and wired for power. It no longer has a power feed from the house unfortunately. The squirrels and mice have made a mess with the insulation and it will be gutted to bare studs for cleanup and pest eradication. SWMBO has mandated that a storage closet be built for holiday decorations and the like. Attached is a sketch of what I'm working with showing the storage closet dashed as future.

I've got a chicken coop to finish converting to a dog kennel, and then this will be the focus. I'm looking to get some feedback as to what I should be thinking about once I start in on this. I'll try and post a couple pics of what it looks like tomorrow.

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Old 04-16-2009, 09:56 PM   #2
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Depends on your budget and what exactly you want to have out there. You could make a fermentation closet, but that will run you some cash for the cooling equipment/insulation. I would also recommend more than one door for the closet if it only 2.5 feet deep. Or if you decide to go with the fermentation chamber, you could have the closets side by side and deeper. Here is rough idea:

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Old 04-17-2009, 11:53 AM   #3
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Here is a picture of what I'm working with. Including the 100# propane tank that was found in the raspberry bushes behind the brew house.

My plan is to setup my existing 10 gallon propane 3-tier system in there and possibly make it a single tier with the addition of a couple pumps. Haven't thought that far ahead yet, still trying to decide exactly what all I want to have out there and the layout.

Any thoughts, comments, or rude remarks would be welcomed.

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Old 04-17-2009, 12:20 PM   #4
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Very cool!

If you want to brew in there, you need to make sure you have proper ventilation.

If I ever get a chance to build a brew hut, I'd definately want to have my fermentation take place there, too, so you're not hauling full fermenters around. A fermentation close would be nice, but you could also put a temp controlled fridge/freezer in there, too.

Another recommendation would be a little sink to handle cleanup. Even if you just dump the gray water out the side into the yard, it would be worth it. You definately want to have a water source out there, though.

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My plan was some sort of vent hood over the brew area up front, and to have some type of utility sink running to a french drain.

As far as water I had kinda thought that running an RV hose from the faucet on the side of the house to a cheap filter housing on the brew house would work since its less than 50' just to keep things simple.

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That sounds like it'll do.

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I can already see a "Guinness" lighted sign hanging above the door.

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One thing that needs to be done is verify the foundation. I was told when we bought the place that it is a deck block foundation, but the sand has shifted and I can't see a thing. I'm planning on taking the tractor and scraping it back and I hope to find some blocks under there. If not, it'll be a pain to get some under there.

SWMBO's dad can get me marker board for a good deal (usually free ), so my plan was to cover the brew area walls with the stuff. Should be good for moisture resistance and for making notes / calulations on.

After Parker36's suggestion, here is the modified layout. If I get out there to do some cleaning this afternoon, I'll try and snap a couple pics of the inside.

Anything else I'm missing that I should be considering?

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My idea.

Putting such a large closet and ferm chamber will make the brew house seem claustrophobic

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