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Old 11-11-2009, 10:50 PM   #1
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Default Wildwest's brew lean-to (my almost dream build)

Who doesn't want a dedicated brew space? I was planning to start one in the spring, but a change in fortune has dictated I start asap. There are a few obstacles in my way, starting with a 10'x12' shed that was to close to the existing house. Today I solved that problem with a friends tractor, and a sore back.

Tomorrow several trees have to go as i'm getting some free site work done. My neighbor happens to be getting some dozer work done and needs some fill dirt, I just happen to have a monster load of it.

This project will span the winter, so updates and pics will be forthcoming.
I plan it to be 10'x24' with a 6'x10' cold room (i'm still not positive on the size)
It will have a concrete floor with drains, hot&cold water and 220v, in case i want to go crazy with my rig.

I am more than open to suggestions on the cold room or any other aspect that someone who has done a brew shed can contribute. I'm a good carpenter and my old man has his electrician's license, so those bases are covered.

So cheer me on, and fire those helpful pointers!

Stage 1-moving stupid shed out of the way.
I want to go right up to the edge of the existing door with the brew shed so I can still use existing door to access utility shed.


Gently pulling shed with friends tractor


Tada, tons of room.



No laughing at my silly looking hot water heater exhaust, yes it's ghetto.

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Old 11-12-2009, 10:47 PM   #2
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I paid my dues today. I had to help cut trees so the dozer could get in and level my site. I didn't realize I signed up for tree climbing duty. On the bright side we had one awesome brush fire.



Swmbo guarding the fire.

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Old 11-12-2009, 11:15 PM   #3
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Go with 2 X 6 studs in the cold room if you want to use R-30 insulation. You can go 24 inches on center since R-30 is meant for ceilings. I then put R-5 solid foam board on top of the R-30 and even though it's in the 40's right now outside, the little space heater I have in my "cold" room is holding at 64 degrees and fermenters are bubbling away.

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i have not seen any body try using s.i.p.s or structurally insulated panels for a cold room. That would by my only choice, they are Styrofoam of varying thicknesses with osb on the inside and out, with man sized R values. look into it sometimes you can get a smokin deal on cut offs check with the dealers in your area.

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I hear ya both.

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All right, dozer work was completed yesterday. A little finish work on the grade and I can order lumber. Unfortunately i'm leaving town on Thursday, so I hope to at least get it squared up and the post's in the ground before I leave. Now it's a race against the weather.

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if you decide to use the foam board ontop of the r-30 insulation or whatever it may be. Shell out the extra bucks and get the foam that has the reflective backing on it (a p foil faced foam sheathing). We use this at work for military boxes and it works well. What ever you do make sure you DO NOT short your self on this. The energy saving will help out and peace of mind that it can hold the temp you want.

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Got it squared up and the corner posts in. Tomorrow I will finish the posts and let them sit until I get back from Michigan. Then the framing should only take a day or so, the most work is tearing off the house siding carefully so it can be reused.

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Two pics of her and one of you. Why is she working twice as hard as you for your hobby?

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Two pics of her and one of you. Why is she working twice as hard as you for your hobby?
Ha! She's a giant ham, and will dive in front of any camera at any time.
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