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Old 02-08-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
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My wife and I moved this summer, and out new house has this wonderful shed/workshop that is BEGGING to become a brewery.

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This wil be the future brew room after cleaning up, pouring a slab, putting in a floor drain, and running some 220V outlets for a possible eHERMS system. I could also get a natural gas line in here but that is still a debating point. The wall on the right will be opened up into this area:

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for a 12'x12' cool room (~60-65F) with a 4'x8' fridge, grain closet, and storage room for equipment. I am still working on details for the layout of the cool room, but will post plans as I sort more out.

The cool room will be my first order of busisness, and I hope to start construction within the month. Preliminary plans include framing a raised 2x6floor on the slab that I can insulate with some R-19 fiberglass, and doing similar with 2x6 walls and sheathing with 3/4" Rmax and OSB externaly. My big question is if I need to raise the floor any for ventilation so moisure does not build up between the fiberglass and the slab. As I get more thrown together on sketch-up, I will post for review and comments.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:05 PM   #2
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so someone built that building around the trees.. funny
looks like a good project, you could start a business in there

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Lot's of great potential!

Can't wait to see the progress.

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So sweet. The built in trees give great character to the place. You could name it "treehouse brewery" , or uhhh, something like that! I can definitely see that being a sweet place once you get it fixed up. Good luck!

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Wow, what a great building!

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Nicely done!
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Awesome place to start your brewery; I look forward to seeing how the build progresses.

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Other than storing things back there, I had not spent much time in this shed. Last night I started looking at pulling the scafolding down in my build area and it looks like most of the buildings wiring runs through the supports. Also some of the uprights may be structural... Well better to find out now before I had final plans or bought supplies! I'm still going forth, but may have to re-think my coolroom size, location, and layout....

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Due to an automotive incident that tapped into my project savings, I had to put plans on standby for this month, but hope to get rolling in March. So far this is my basic floor plan:
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I am trying to work out a way to run this off of one AC unit since its a smallish area that will have the tar insulated out of it. The AC will be in the "fridge" area. What I am trying to figure out is how to cool without opening up a ton of air circulation that will make temps fluctuate wildly. The options I have considered are:

Bathroom fan: Something with a lowish cfm rating between the "fridge" and "fermentation room" pros- cheap and easy, wire through a relay to a household thermostat to kick on and off. cons - air flow circulation between the two rooms. To get air movement for effective cooling I will an input and a return fan and that means air leakage and a bigger AC unit to maintain steady temps. This will probably be fine for a smallish area like I am designing, but expert advice from those more familiar with HVAC applications is needed.

Liquid coolant: I know some have done this in smaller cabinets; place a tub of propylene glycol on the cold side with a submersible pump, run the lines through the wall to a radiator/fan setup for cooling. Pros: maintain an airtight cool side Cons: more moving parts, possible expense, may not achieve high enough heat transfer to maintain steady temps.


If anyone has advice or has solved this problem already, please let me know!

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are you going to build a bar at all?

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