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KCBrewer 04-08-2010 04:00 AM

The Man Cave is pretty much complete! w/pics
 
So here it is, my Man Cave. I love to check out other peoples setups and get ideas and such, so I thought I'd put some pics up for others to do the same.

A brief history, I do remodeling, and finished off the basement about 2 years ago. I had a kegerator previously, but knew nothing of homebrew. I built the bar with plans to have guiness, bass, boulevard wheat, & miller lite on tap, and custom built the bar to accomodate the taps and have a keezer underneath. Funds & time ran short, so this area has just been a second kitchen/wet bar ever since.

At Christmas, a buddy received a LHBS gift card, so he brewed a batch in January. He turned me on to it, and it got the ball rolling again, but with new plans. The plan now was to have 6 beers on tap, plus 3 primary and 3 secondary fermenters to keep things flowing.

Here's the fermentation area. Unplanned at the time of construction, but was pretty happy when it fit 6 carboys perfectly. Three 6.5G in back, three 5G in front. The way it's setup, I can roll the keezer forward, rack the secondaries straight down into the kegs, then rack the primaries forward into the secondaries, and then it's time to brew 3 more!

http://kcbrewer.com/images/brewing/m...ermenters1.jpg

The keezer holds six 5G cornies & two 5lb co2 tanks (only one co2 tank hooked up at the time). It runs 3 kegs per tank with shutoffs & tees setup to run all six kegs from either tank, or a third outside tank should both run out. I also used a ranco digital temp controller, seen mounted to on the left side of the keezer.

http://kcbrewer.com/images/brewing/m...aps-keezer.jpg

http://kcbrewer.com/images/brewing/m...er-inside1.jpg

http://kcbrewer.com/images/brewing/m...er-inside2.jpg

There are 2" pvc lines that run up through the keezer lid to the coffin I built. It is actually 1.5" sch40 with 2" sch80 pipe used to make sleeves so I can slide them up and roll the keezer forward. I planned to put quick disconnects on the lines here, but after my order arrived I realized I had only ordered the female ends. Duh. There is enough excess line that I can still roll it forward without a problem. The left is with the sleeve slid up, the right is with it closed.

Sorry, not the best pic.
http://kcbrewer.com/images/brewing/m...eezer-lid2.jpg

These lines run up to the taps, which I built from red oak and gave 5 coats of high gloss polyurethane. Try to ignore the burn marks on the wood.
That's what happens when you loan your mitre saw out and it comes back with missing teeth (never again). None can be seen with the lid on though, so it's all good. The inside is lined with 1/4" thick moisture barrier styrofoam (typically used behing vinyl siding and has moisture barrier front and back)

http://kcbrewer.com/images/brewing/m...in-inside1.jpg

Inside I used two 50mm 12v DC computer CPU cooling fans and made a plate from a scrap piece of aluminum to mount them to. They are powered by a 9v DC power supply (old cordless phone adapter) This flows the air up/down the lines from the keezer to keep the beer cold up to the taps.

At this point only 3 lines are connected.

http://kcbrewer.com/images/brewing/m...in-inside3.jpg

http://kcbrewer.com/images/brewing/m...in-inside2.jpg

Here's a shot of the coffin. Again, not the best pic, but hey, this was all taken with a cell phone.

http://kcbrewer.com/images/brewing/mancave/taps.jpg

And this is the entire setup from behind the bar.

http://kcbrewer.com/images/brewing/mancave/bar-all2.jpg


And that's it. Sorry for the extremely long post. Hopefully it helps get someone else moving on their project. When time permits, I'll put together a page with more detailed information on my site.

Cheers!

Reddheadedstepchild 04-08-2010 04:11 AM

HAHA! I get to be the first one to tell ya that your man cave is frigin sweet!:mug:





Eric.

Duffer 04-08-2010 04:55 AM

Yup. Just plain awesome.:rockin:

Elshauno 04-08-2010 05:09 AM

Even though I hate Budweiser I must admit the Bud Man cartoon is pretty cool. As well as the rest of the setup.

Kauai_Kahuna 04-08-2010 09:53 AM

Very nice.
Any problems with pulling out the chest to change out kegs?

BrothersBrewing 04-08-2010 10:24 AM

Very nice.....

rcm_rx7 04-08-2010 10:59 AM

Awesome! Consider me very jealous.

Just think, you could have had Miller Lite pouring out of that instead of homebrew...

Special Hops 04-08-2010 11:59 AM

nice work. Just put something over the carboys to keep the light off of them.

android 04-08-2010 03:03 PM

looks good. where did you get those drip mats? not that i love sauza, but i'd like to find one or two for my keezah.

Hang Glider 04-08-2010 04:00 PM

Awesome set up!

What are you using for fermentation temp control, or is your basement always 62F?


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