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Old 06-20-2011, 11:36 PM   #1
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So... Bought land and building a new house in the next year or so. Realistically, I'm still going to be brewing with my turkey fryer and cooler mash tun for the foreseeable future. However, this is going to be our "forever" house and I'd like to incorporate as many small things into the house as I can to help in future brewing.

The only thing I can think of is hot and cold water with a deep sink in the garage. Any other ideas? I'm just starting talks with the architect.

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Old 06-20-2011, 11:40 PM   #2
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1. Make that a double sink!
2. Outlets! Never know you might go electric and need 1 or 2 30A outlets...

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Old 06-20-2011, 11:58 PM   #3
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Congrats,
Beats the hell ouut of renting.

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Old 06-21-2011, 12:21 AM   #4
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A walk in cooler, or seperately air-conditioned room for fermentation/storage?

Easy hookups for an RO system next to that sink?

Natural gas hookups in the intended brewing area?

Ventilation in intended brewing area for pleasant comfortable indoor brewing year-round?

That's all I got for now. Congrats man!

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Old 06-21-2011, 12:24 AM   #5
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Put in a big floor drain with a grate over the top. Will be very useful.

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a brew room with hot/cold water and 50A service

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Old 06-21-2011, 12:34 AM   #7
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I second getting your electrical all squared, and it would be pretty sweet to have a super-insulated "fermentation corner" somewhere. Also maybe design it to easily have beers on tap in your kitchen/den/wherever.

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Yeah nice set up for taps in a kitchen/bar area would be optimal. Gas stove would be a good thing to consider for making starters or heating up sparge water, even if you are brewing outside.

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I would personally do a 3 tier system with a staircase running up the back of it, basically a staircase to nowhere going up a wall. This way you could access the top of your HLT, mash tun, and kettle without messing with a pesky ladder or pumps. You could even make the same stair case be the access to a storage area over your garage.

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Put a small(ish) water heater in you brewing area. You don't have to leave it on but just have it there for hot cleaning water. You can turn it on to full temp setting and flip the breaker only when you are brewing or cleaning and such.

That would be my number 1 so that it is separate from the main water heater and not turned on most times.

After that is more electrical outlets in the brew area than you ever think you will need. 50A service is a must at one location at least (GFCI circuit of course).

Seriously do all of this stuff now as it gets so much more expensive to add after construction is done.

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