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Old 08-08-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default Looking for advice on building a dedicated brewing room

So my wife gave me the ok to build a small room in the basement that I can brew in, with the stipulation she can use it for cake decorating too. It's going to be rather cozy at roughly 15' × 10', so space is limited. I still do extract, but all grain is on the horizon. Looking for any advice from anyone that's done it...



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Old 08-08-2011, 03:36 PM   #2
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will the brewing actually be done in that room? If so, I would highly recommend going with an electric brewing setup. It will probably cost you less than putting in the proper ventilation system that'd be needed to keep you safe.

Other considerations include a wash basin, floor drain, gfci protected outlets, moisture resistant sheetrock (again if the brewing is to be done in the room). I would keep it a plain cement floor for cleaning ease, lots of shelves (empty carboys, mlt, hlt, brew kettles, bottles), a used stainless or aluminum work bench (or if you build one out of wood make sure it's sealed), the list goes on and on.

Will you have a dedicated fermention chamber?

Also, if you do go electric brewing ensure you have the proper guage wire. Depending on the set up it may require 30 amp recepticals or even 220v.



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Old 08-08-2011, 04:02 PM   #3
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I would also recommend going electric and your room is a good size for brewing mine is 16' X 8'
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so it should be big enough for extracts
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Old 08-08-2011, 04:12 PM   #4
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Yeah, I'm really leaning towards electric brewing, and yeah brewing will be done in it. I have a milk cooler I picked up for fermenting (looks like a chest freezer).

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So my wife gave me the ok to build a small room in the basement that I can brew in, with the stipulation she can use it for sammich making

Sorry, had to.

My shed is only 10x20 and it's plenty big enough to do both in, unfortunately you'll have to sacrifice the bar area for a cake decorating table.
I can't recommend electric enough, it's fantastic, cool and fast. My build is in my sig if you need layout ideas.


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Sorry, had to.

My shed is only 10x20 and it's plenty big enough to do both in, unfortunately you'll have to sacrifice the bar area for a cake decorating table.
I can't recommend electric enough, it's fantastic, cool and fast. My build is in my sig if you need layout ideas.


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Ya know...a bar can double as a cake decorating table...cause it's about the right height, so she doesn't have to bend down too far. Get a few cabinets in there for supplies and I think you'd be set.

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Ya know...a bar can double as a cake decorating table...cause it's about the right height, so she doesn't have to bend down too far. Get a few cabinets in there for supplies and I think you'd be set.
I was thinking along the same lines. Put a big general purpose work table in the middle of the room and give your wife one of the sets of shelves for cake decorating supplies and she's good to go.

Put an electric system alone one of the walls and a wash basin and it would be a pretty sweet setup.
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brewing in a single room is going to be difficult and a strain unless you have a running faucet

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I'm currently working on my brew room in our basement. I honestly don't know the exact size, but I would have to guess around 14'x16'. I'm going to be doing electric brewing and plan to do everything else in there as well (ie. racking, kegging, bottling). I do not have to share my room though, but I do have a general table in there that if need be, I could do so. I'm also making my room more of a show piece as well. I can post some pictures as soon as I get them if your interested.
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