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Old 10-29-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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Default Metal shed for brew shed

I am thinking of turning my shed at my new house into the brew room.
It's similar to this. I'll get pictures and measurments after the storm passes.

Just need some suggestions/enlightenment to turning this into my homebrewery. Should I put shelving in and pull my equipment out for brew days and use it as storage?

I assume I would have to put in vents if I were to brew inside...

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Old 10-29-2012, 03:56 PM   #2
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Are you brewing with propane/Natural Gas, or electric? That will make a big difference in the ventilation department. Ventilation is good, but not crucial for electric brewing as you aren't burning anything and you only produce 'harmless' steam. You are however with burners and you would need to build a ventilation hood over your kettles to draw out CO and such. I'm not sure of the CFM requirements for this, but you can pick up exhaust hoods relatively cheaply at places like ikea...or make your own hood out of material of choice and plumb it to a ventilation motor that vents outside. Happy brewing!

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Old 10-29-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
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Propane. So I figured a hood would be needed. May just make it for storage
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:02 PM   #4
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Yeah, you're going to want a hood vent. When it gets cold any steam will condense on the metal and run down to the channel the walls sit in or to the floor.

Do you have rodent's? If so, use metal containers for grain storage.

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Old 10-29-2012, 07:21 PM   #5
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No rodent problems but yea, I would make sure everything is rodent proof. One of my concerns is that everything will be out in the elements for the most part. Protected from rain/snow and such but it'll be just as cold or hot in there as it is outside.

I guess I am trying to find a way to utalize my space...

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I had a similar old metal shed and I couldn't even stand up in the damn thing.
Looks like a good place for storage either way, just set up to brew out in front of it.

Do you think that shed could support a bunch of stuff to hanging off it's skeleton? If you can actually move around in it and it will handle it then brew on man!

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Easy to run a stovepipe or wall vent.

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For a bigger long term project, you could insulate the walls, floor, and ceiling, add a small AC unit, and basically turn the whole shed into a walk-in. It would take alot of time, but wouldn't be particularly expensive.

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