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Old 12-21-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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Default 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.

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



First cabinet installed:



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)



Door:


More to follow.

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Old 12-22-2011, 02:04 AM   #3
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Cool! I'm looking forward to seeing your eBIAB setup as I am looking to go electric hopefully this coming year.

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Old 12-22-2011, 02:51 AM   #4
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I hate clay Mathews... This cool though.

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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.

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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:



44qt Bayou Classic kettle:



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CL freezer:





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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



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.







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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:







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.





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



Kegged my first beer Sunday:

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that is a freakin sweet setup you got! Nice job

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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.

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