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Old 10-03-2012, 03:47 AM   #161
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The rainwater collection is brilliant. More of us should be recycling cooling water, etc in our hobby. I like where this is going! Keep it up!

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Old 10-03-2012, 10:53 AM   #162
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The rainwater collection is brilliant. More of us should be recycling cooling water, etc in our hobby. I like where this is going! Keep it up!
Does running the hose into the pool count as recycling?
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:23 PM   #163
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Just a heads-up, acids will etch into concrete pretty quickly, and they're everywhere in the brewery. Even your end-product is acidic, not to mention star-san, cleaners, etc.

The only thing worse than having to patch some worn epoxy is having to move everything out so you can repour your floor.
It's a fair point and I appreciate it. I see a lot of folks on here brewing on untreated concrete, and it doesn't seem like it's been a big concern at the homebrew level. Anyone who has brewed extensively on bare concrete care to weigh in? I did do some reading up on how commercial breweries handle this though and while some report liking 'naked' concrete, many agree with you that a sealant of some kind is essential. Some states require it for health code as well.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:30 PM   #164
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BAM! nicely done sir... can i come visit?! i'll bring the brews!

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Old 10-03-2012, 10:20 PM   #165
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I gotta talk the wife into letting me build a new "Garage" This is AWESOME!!

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Anyone who has brewed extensively on bare concrete care to weigh in? I did do some reading up on how commercial breweries handle this though and while some report liking 'naked' concrete, many agree with you that a sealant of some kind is essential.
Yeah, commercially is the only experience with bare concrete I have, and within two years of concrete plus a sealant - but no epoxy or anything - we're already getting trouble spots in places like under the hx. Obviously if you're careful and not brewing every day, you can probably get away with it for years. Really, you're the person in the best spot to weigh the risks/costs. But even the big box sealants will provide some protection, and like I said, acids are more or less everywhere in the brewery, and can eat up concrete pretty quickly.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:13 AM   #167
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Our reputation comes from endless days of gray overcast that seems to settle in around the end of October, and stay through May.
Or the 4th of July!

My goodness... This build is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Cheer from about 30 minutes north of you!
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It's a fair point and I appreciate it. I see a lot of folks on here brewing on untreated concrete, and it doesn't seem like it's been a big concern at the homebrew level. Anyone who has brewed extensively on bare concrete care to weigh in? I did do some reading up on how commercial breweries handle this though and while some report liking 'naked' concrete, many agree with you that a sealant of some kind is essential. Some states require it for health code as well.
I have bare concrete floor in my garage. It's fine after a few years of fairly active brewing. No problems. Epoxy looks much better though.

My only regret is not putting in a floor drain that ties into the subsurface drainage for the yard and gutters.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:11 PM   #170
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The time for interior paint has arrived, and with them we are ALMOST DONE! (by my definition, being allowed to move my stuff in and brew whenever I feel like without being in my own way = done)

Taped, mudded, sanded, ready for priming.




Sad to have the brew stand covered during during prime brewing season, but it won't be long now until it's in regular use.

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