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Old 05-13-2009, 08:49 PM   #1
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I have scrapped together enough financing to rebuild my home after the flood and some additional money for contents... some portion of this will go to building a brew shed out back. I'm in the very early planning stages at this point but would like to throw it out there for ideas or comments.

The end goal will be similar to Ed's brew hut - a free-standing building completely dedicated to the brewery.

I am really tinkering with the idea of scaling up while I do this to at least a full barrel system...

thoughts? ideas? I am probably wanting to get started here in the next few weeks...

 
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:54 PM   #2
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Please run more power to the brewhut than you think you'll need. I've personally never built a brew hut, but have built a workshop. More power is always useful.

Run a natural gas line from the meter/house. Or set a large (100 lb+) propane tank out back.

I wouldn't have an outbuilding without a roof overhang by the front door. It'll be a good spot to sit in a rocking chair with a beverage you produced!
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:02 PM   #3
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+1 on the power comment and the overhang. I would also insulate the piss out of it and ake sure i had an AC unit capable of cooling it below 60f and a heating unit capable of maining 80f. Just my 2C.

 
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:05 PM   #4
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Build your brewhut on high ground or stilts.

Glad to hear you're getting everything fixed
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:08 PM   #5
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I am in the process of a move and am also planning a dedicated brew shed. I don't know if it will be free standing or attached to a garage, etc. But one thing I know I am going to want is running water & a big basin to make cleaning kettles, carboys, kegs easier
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:39 PM   #6
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Well all good suggestions so far. I totally agree on the insulate the hell out of it. They make this radiant barrier to put on on the exterior during construction that should help a whole bunch. Check out here Insulating house wrap using radiant barrier from Innovative Insulation, Inc..

Also what about making it water tight... you know just in case I am glad to see you back at it and can't wait to see what you create.

 
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:46 PM   #7
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Use sketchup or other program to layout the building before pulling out your shovel. Make sure everything you want will fit and that the work flow will be easy.

 
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:50 PM   #8
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Will SWMBO or your neighbors care what the shack looks like?

If not... I say go ALL THE WAY!!!





Perhaps without the water slide? I'd keep the moat though...



These are all playhouses BTW from Tree Houses by Daniels Wood Land, Inc.

Amazing stuff but please don't hijack John's thread talking about it!

 
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:43 PM   #9
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I'm having my whole house rewired and have a meeting with the electrician on Monday. I'm planning on feeding at least 100 amps to the brewery. Anyone know what Ed went with?

I have a copy of SmartDraw that I use for layouts and as soon as I get the layout for the house 100% finalized, I'll move on to laying out the brewery.

I have some great ideas on version 2.0 of my walk-in cooler that will have to be incorporated into the design.

Yeah, it might look funny out in the backyard, but the brewery will be built to the same height as the rest of the house... just in case. :-)

 
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Old 05-14-2009, 12:37 AM   #10
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They make these styrofoam "forms" for walls. They are put up and then filled with concrete. Have an amazing R value.


Come to think of it, you might want the FLOOR made out of this, sans concrete ! (flotation)

 
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