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Old 10-15-2012, 04:20 PM   #191
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Fall-line, Did you get the floors done this weekend or did that weather we got wash things out? Lookin for an up-date.

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Old 10-15-2012, 04:39 PM   #192
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Would the clear coat make it slippery when wet?
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:16 PM   #193
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Well I have some good news and bad news to share. The painting went great. We went for a 'beer colored' theme (two tone brown). I hate picking out paint colors so I steeped back and let my wife choose. What she came up with is darker and bolder than I would have, but that's exactly why I let her do it. I like the final result. We went with a semi-gloss finish to make for easier cleanup.




The floor project on the other hand was a big helping of DIY fail. In fact, it's hard for me to share this.. but you take the bad with the good I guess. The slab as it was poured was too rough to 'dry grind' so we had to start with a wet grind. This created a ton of slurry which was extremely difficult to get off of the freshly ground and porous surface. We scraped and squeegeed as much as was possible, before moving onto the dry honing and polishing steps, assuming these would pull the remaining dry slurry off the surface.. well it didn't. Even after restarting the whole process 1/2 way through the day and doing it dry (now that the slab was smoother), I still wasn't able to get the ground in slurry removed. The rental was only for 24 hours and the unit was reserved the following day, so I had no choice but to declare defeat and finish the job as best I could. There were other problems with the machine and the pads that I rented that I won't go into. They issued me partial credit, but the damage was done.

The slab is sealed and water tight.. for now. It's ugly, and I don't expect the seal to hold up well as the sections of ground in slurry start to break down over time. I'm going to sit on it for a week or so and see how it goes, but I'm looking at bringing in a contractor to fix it for me. I think I know enough now to do it right the next time, but after the day I had on Sunday, I don't want to ever do that again.

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Old 10-16-2012, 06:42 PM   #194
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My ex-brother in law has been doing epoxy floors for years. He does everything from small garages to huge gymnasiums. He uses some type of handheld grinder with a diamond blade and its all done dry. He just did his sons garage floor and I was shocked at how good it looked when he was done. He can grind down an uneven floor and make it perfect. Most of the work is in the prep he says, putting down the epoxy is the easy part. I saw a floor that he did that looked like marble. You have done such a nice job on the rest of the place, I would suggest you look for a pro to fix the floor for you. It would look great when its done right. I wish you were in NY, the guy I know will do a job like yours for a few hundred dollars (plus epoxy) and a few beers.

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Old 10-16-2012, 08:14 PM   #195
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Dude the place is looking amazing. Sorry to hear about all the BS you had to go through with the floor.

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Old 10-22-2012, 06:42 PM   #196
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Despite my less than perfect experience with the floor, I'm loving the moving in process in my new garage. I've been happily completing little projects like hanging peg board and orginizing my tools on the 'shop' side of the building, and yesterday I completed my second brew day on the full new system. This one went much smoother, as I've mostly figured out the pump priming issues, as well as the finer points of mash recirculation and temperature control on the new rig. I must admit though, I'm already chomping at the bit to start automating with a BCS-462.

Next up for the building is the deck and arbor outside. The rains have returned to the northwest, and the area where the new deck is going to go is a muddy mess after getting torn up during construction. Our friends are all over us to throw a 'brewery warming' party this fall, but we've got to get the deck done first.

I'm also having an issue with rain water. The french drain we dug for my downspouts isn't quite up to the task, so I've bene having to redirect my gutters to the neighbor's yard (she is fine with it for now) to prevent it backing up into the building. I've gone ahead and ordered my rain water collection tanks (two 310 gallon tanks, to be connected in parallel). Once they are installed, I'll be building a new 'weeping pipe' overflow system that'll run under the new deck. It's a hassle having to deal with this after I thought I'd solved the issue, but at least it's good motivation to get the cisterns installed sooner than later.

On the brewery side, I'm turning my attention to a fermentation chamber. After passing on an amazing 50.1cf two door commercial fridge (it was an awesome deal, but just too big for me), I've narrowed my focus in on a large (~25cf) side by side fridge/freezer. From the research I've done, I'm expecting to be able to fit 4 better bottles or one conical and two better bottles in the fridge side, and 2 better bottles (or corny kegs) in the freezer side for laggering/conditioning. There are a handful of threads (like this) on the forum from folks that have done this successfully, and I think this represents the best functionality vs space equation for me. Your thoughts are appreciated.

Brew day #2 on the new system. This was a Marris Otter and Willamette SMASH, with homegrown hopps.

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Old 10-22-2012, 07:27 PM   #197
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Nice looking brewery!

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Old 10-22-2012, 07:49 PM   #198
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Awesome Job on everything! As many have said on this thread I am insanely jealous yet inspired by your design and taking notes. Thanks for keeping this thread updated with tons of pictures!

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Old 10-22-2012, 07:52 PM   #199
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Thanks, both of you! Welcome to the forums, JSBerry818. It's an honor to be the recipient of your first post.

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Total inspiration dude!! Great job!!

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