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Old 03-29-2011, 09:49 PM   #1
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Well with all the wine kits and the recent group buy it was time to expand. My current brew room is for just fermenting and storage, all the brewing is done outside or in the basement. The new room will be a one stop shop for brewing, storage, fermenting and getting away from the kids! Old room was a 5x10 or so room and the new one will be attached to the old and opening up to a 12x16 room with some bump outs. I will still be using propane for the moment with the goal to change to electric sometime soon. But no worries I do understand the issues with propane use indoors and I am installing commercial blowers to exhaust and return fresh air. the area where the current room is will have a bar table along the wall that will also be the grain storage area underneath with a dart board against the far wall. The new room will be complete with a second wall bar with additional taps a 32" LCD, ceiling mounted speakers and sub and I will be building a mock phone booth around the pisser for those who are pee shy.

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Day one tear down wall in current room to open up.



Day three most wiring in and water lines started. New wash sink area.



Drywall going up.




New nook where the fridge will go. On the outer side of the wall next to the fridge area will be my keezer with another 4-5 taps going through the wall to my soon to be wall bar.




So far about 2 weeks in and insulation is all in except for the bottom of the walls. I will be using green board for that since it may get wet and its heavy as hell so itís on hold until I finish the plumbing and have a few extra hands to help out.

Everything has gone pretty smoothly except for the drywall. I hung most of it by myself and the house is about 100 years old and everything is off angle and the floor varies by about 4Ē in some areas so my edges are not very pretty. I will be sanding like crazy to finish it but itís coming along.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:51 PM   #2
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Pisser was delivered just need to finish the drywall to install

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Old 03-29-2011, 10:02 PM   #3
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Looks like it is gonna be pretty slick! Off topic, but I'd never thought about using the bud aluminum bottles...do they work/recap pretty well?

 
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:06 PM   #4
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Nice and good luck! I have been toying with the walk-in-cooler and dual ferm chamber build in my brew area for a while and am getting closer and closer to doing the deal...

This looks like plenty of space for some good brew sessions! And urinal FTW!

 
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:08 PM   #5
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Looks like it is gonna be pretty slick! Off topic, but I'd never thought about using the bud aluminum bottles...do they work/recap pretty well?
Itís my first batch using them. One of my buddies companies was doing something for bud and he found two cases from 2006 in the warehouse. Letís just say bud doesnít age well! But bud light taste better 5 years old than new to me! As for the bottles I bottle carbonated in them and opened two so far and they were perfect. You need to use a wall opener to avoid damaging the lip of the bottle but they work great and weigh nothing. They will be my new bottles for shipping to fiends to keep the weight down and UPS canít break them. So if you can find some I would say get them.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:14 PM   #6
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Nice and good luck! I have been toying with the walk-in-cooler and dual ferm chamber build in my brew area for a while and am getting closer and closer to doing the deal...

This looks like plenty of space for some good brew sessions! And urinal FTW!
I was thinking of the same thing. Down the road I may expand another bump out something small like 4X6 that I could heavily insulate and just use a small window AC to cool it. I think itís totally possible since I was heating the old room with just a oil filled portable heater on the lowest setting and it held the room at 70 in the winter with no issues and with no insulation. I think with some heavy foam insulation and a AC unit the room would stay cold at a low energy cost. But then I would have to expand for a walk in humidor as well.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:17 PM   #7
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Nice hookah, er, I mean, wort aeration device.

 
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:18 PM   #8
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Nice hookah, er, I mean, wort aeration device.
And the green vaporizer in front of it is for sweet orange peel only.
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:50 PM   #9
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what i would give for an unfinished basement
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:22 PM   #10
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what i would give for an unfinished basement
Yea basements are nice up north especially in the summer when they are nice and cool. I wish I could make the room larger but I also do woodworking and I just lost about 1/3 my basement to this. I really need a new garage and if I ever pull the cash together for a new one it will be finished with 1/2 being turned into my work shop and then the basement will be all beer all the time!
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