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Disintegr8or 12-21-2011 08:17 PM

My first post and simple eBIAB homebrew journey
 
I've been reading HBT for 6 months or so, and I finally got around to building my own little brew area in the back of my man cave.

Plan:
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...8or2/Floor.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...or2/elev-1.jpg

Originally I was going to build all of the cabinets out of old pallets.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture050.jpg

First cabinet installed:

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...r8or2/room.jpg

Decided to go another direction with the cabinets after I found out I couldn't source enough pallets to complete the job (needed about 20)

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture066.jpg

Door:
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture056.jpg

More to follow. :mug:

Yooper 12-22-2011 12:47 AM

Oh, wow- that's awesome!!!!! I'm looking forward to more pictures.

Seven 12-22-2011 02:04 AM

Cool! I'm looking forward to seeing your eBIAB setup as I am looking to go electric hopefully this coming year.

Tomtanner 12-22-2011 02:51 AM

I hate clay Mathews... This cool though.

HopLife 12-22-2011 07:00 AM

Nice. What equipment will adorn this great space?

Think about a 'keezer conversion' looks like you have the space and the skills to make one real nice. Besides, kegging is much easier than bottling.

PS: Is that opening for an exhaust hood? if not it would be a good consideration. Merely the steam from the boiling wort will give reason to have a good ventilation setup.

Disintegr8or 12-22-2011 11:35 AM

I didn't have water to that side of the room, so I ran a 1" line from the well to the sink location.
This is how I plumbed it:

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...r2/water-1.jpg

44qt Bayou Classic kettle:

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture025.jpg

Sink:

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...cture022-1.jpg

CL freezer:

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture057.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture062.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...cture063-1.jpg

Disintegr8or 12-22-2011 11:39 AM

Kettle:

I couldn't get 220v down there, so I put in (2) 110v GFCI's instead. I am running (2) 1,650 watt elements.
During test run, I got 7 gallons of 68deg water to 160 in 28 minutes, and boiling in 53

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture075.jpg

I silver soldered the ground between the washer and the pot. I put a little JB weld on it to help hold it in place in case it got bumped.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture077.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...cture078-1.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture079.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture070.jpg

Disintegr8or 12-22-2011 05:33 PM

I finished up the room today. Just installed a 200 cfm exhaust fan and got it wired.

Unfortunately I won't be able to brew till the 7th of January. I'm having a few friends over to do my first all grain (EdWort's Hefeweizen).

Here are the final pics:

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture099.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture096.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture100.jpg

I made a frame to support my basket to drain the grain. It is scrap 2x4 that I used a half lap notch on so I can setup and break it down quickly.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture094.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture101.jpg

My hop chute for when I try my Dogfish 90, hopefully it doesn't melt.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture080.jpg

Kegged my first beer Sunday:

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...Picture072.jpg

Lucky_Chicken 12-22-2011 05:48 PM

that is a freakin sweet setup you got! Nice job :mug:

Disintegr8or 12-27-2011 11:51 AM

I was moving everything down to the brewery yesterday, and discovered I had enough stuff to cobble together an almost Dogfish Head 60 recipe. So I did a test brew to see how everything worked before the real brew on the 7th.

I decided that I am going to build a 2'x5' table that will rest against the back of the couch normally, and then move over to the brew side on brew days so I have more work surface area.

It was a little cramped yesterday.

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i.../shakedown.jpg


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