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Old 06-08-2012, 02:10 PM   #71
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Awesome and nice job. So glad I subscribed to this thread. If you don't mind I'll stop by for a tour on my way back from the Reds-Tigers game this weekend. Are you still charging $10 for guided tours?

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Old 06-09-2012, 11:05 AM   #72
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I don't really keep that much on hand. I have a lot of vacuum sealed frozen hops, but the only grain I keep in bulk is briess pale ale. It lives in the plastic airtight container under the work-table. Everything else I buy in per-batch quantities because I'm a sticker for freshness!

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Sweet! I am so jealous! Where do you store your grain (my brewery is all full of grain and isn't nearly as nice looking)?
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:06 AM   #73
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$15 if I think you'll pay it

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Old 07-09-2012, 12:14 PM   #74
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I worked on my conditioning keezer and serving fridge over the weekend. The fridge got a 2nd tap, the keezer got temp contol, and both got external regulators for each keg. I can condition/lager/carbonate 4 kegs in the keezer, and then serve up to two kegs all on their own gas.

4 holes drilled at a downward angle in from the back of the lid, one for each line


Lines in and sealed


Keezer done, on to the fridge! As with all great DIY projects, step 1 is; remove whatever says do not remove


Two holes from the inside into the compressor compartment


View from compressor compartment - holes at top


Lines run


Lines finished and sealed


2nd tap added to the door


And the regulator wall! One secondary regulator for each keg, fed on a 20lb tank providing 30 psi.


It all turned out great, and neither appliance has to hold a tank now, nor has visible holes for the gas lines to enter.

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Old 12-18-2012, 03:44 PM   #75
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1st - Nice work ! looks great
2nd - jealous !

A few questions for ya
How big is your brewery ? FT x FT
Is it big enough for you - or would you have made it bigger ?
Do you have any problems working in your space ?
Anything you would change ?

I am just starting to design a basement brewery myself, and I want to get it right the first time
I have limited space in the basement, and once you build a wall, you are unlikely to move it !

Thanks, any input is useful.
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Thanks!

The overall room is 13'x9'. My "work area", the part of the floor that drains and I actually stand in, is 9'x9'. The non-draining, raised part of the floor is to the left when walking in the door, and is 4'x9'. That's included in the 13'x9' overall. That area holds my conical, swamp reservoir, grain mill, and keg etc. storage.

I thought it was going to be a little cramped, but it's turned out to be just right. Everything is very organized, and the size of the space means everything is only a few steps away when I need it, which is great. I commonly have an extra person or two in the room on brew days as well, and it's not a problem. It's not as tight as one would think. When I bottle, I move the leftmost kettle off the bench, and use the bench as my bottling area.

For me, the size is perfect. There are a few things that make that true for me though, which you should consider.

  • I only keep ingredients (other than hops) on hand for at most 2 beers in advance, so I don't need a lot of grain sotrage space
  • I have another room for my conditioning keezer and serving fridge
  • I don't store finished beer in the brewery, that's all elsewhere
  • My conical is temp controlled with an immersion coil, so it's a lot smaller footprint than a conical in a refrigerator

My brewery is literally just that, my brewery. It contains all of the stuff I need to brew and ferment beer, without leaving the room. When the beer leaves the conical, it also leaves the room. So if you have similar options for storage and conditioning (elsewhere), you'd be in good shape. But if you have to cram your entire process including conditioning and serving into the same room, you'll definitely need more space. At least 2x long term. If you do go for one big room, keep it narrow and long. Square rooms waste space, and prevent you from organizing things into linear steps.

My only regret is I wish I had the space for a 2-basin sink + the drain board. What I have is great, but I wish for a second basin often. Also, get the sprayer!! Best choice I made in the build. I use it constantly.

Edit: I should take updated pictures. It has evolved and settled in a lot.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:41 PM   #77
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Thanks for your info, very helpful ! Pictures can be deceiving.
I have about that same size space available to me, and I do "serve" the beer somewhere else.
The brewery is separate from the bar ( the bar will come later ) Kegorator the wife approves of !

My goal is to plan it right - take my time before hitting a single nail - and get it right the first time !
I will store beer/wine in this room - think rolling wine racks
I am designing a 2 vessel Electric brew system - 12 gal batches, so i save a little space there....

I am just tired of watching builds that take up an entire 20x20 garage - I love them, but
I don't have that kind of money for all that stainless & diamond plate !!! I park cars in my garage !

I see you point on the sink, and that was why i was going with single & drain board = yes Sprayer is a MUST !
I was also going to tile the floor so I could squeegee toward drain - floor as big sink !
I may rethink that now.
Gotta love the pencil, it's so much easier to change your mind, than move a wall !

thanks again
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I took some updated photos this evening, showing how the space has evolved. I'm down in the brewery every two days doing something, at minimum, so it's really starting to feel comfortable.

Conditioning/Serving area. (outside brewery)


Bottle storage. (outside brewery)


Fermentation, storage, and milling.


Fermentation and storage. Also seen here is my giant (too big really) swamp cooler for the conical temp control when needed.


Overall


Overall


Work table, flask/tool storage, salts, and most of the organization bins. Also been here is my "general purpose" CO2 tank. I go through a lot of CO2.


Brew stand & panel. You can see the storage containers for my next two brews, and my somewhat unorthodox pump configuration.


Sink, cleaning, measuring, etc.

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damn man... i'm jealous as hell!

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Simply amazing! Very jealous!

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