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Old 03-21-2012, 02:30 PM   #11
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But seriously, you will need 220V with GFCI, and several 120V outlets, with GFCI.

Good lighting. Good ventilation.

Tile Floor with drain.

A sink would be handy, and at least have it able to hook up to a garden hose for instant washing ability.

I'd mount a stereo with AUX input for MP3 player, or native MP3 support.

Wi-Fi is very handy or run CAT5e if you want pure connectivity. This will allow you to not only surf HBT while you brew, but you can also host a brewcast online as well.

Comfortable an portable chair or several if you have friends over.

Grill just outside the brewshed.

Bottle openers. Lots of them. Nobody wants to walk 3 feet to open a beer.

Beer fridge.

Shelf for beer glasses.

Dual stage ferm chamber.

 
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:51 PM   #12
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But seriously, you will need 220V with GFCI, and several 120V outlets, with GFCI.

Good lighting. Good ventilation.

Tile Floor with drain.

A sink would be handy, and at least have it able to hook up to a garden hose for instant washing ability.

I'd mount a stereo with AUX input for MP3 player, or native MP3 support.

Wi-Fi is very handy or run CAT5e if you want pure connectivity. This will allow you to not only surf HBT while you brew, but you can also host a brewcast online as well.

Comfortable an portable chair or several if you have friends over.

Grill just outside the brewshed.

Bottle openers. Lots of them. Nobody wants to walk 3 feet to open a beer.

Beer fridge.

Shelf for beer glasses.

Dual stage ferm chamber.
Seems easier just to replace the wife...
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:02 PM   #13
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Just ideas.

FWIW my wife wasn't a fan at the start either, but then i can't stand to smell her nail polish remover, Vanilla soap and perfume, etc.

But she got used to the smell of my brewing and actually enjoys it now. Especially when I do a good job of cleaning up the kitchen afterwards.

 
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Old 03-21-2012, 03:18 PM   #14
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In Colorado? I'd start with good insulation and an awesome heater, so you have a chance at brewing more than in the summer. I'm in New England, and couldn't imagine having to try and convert a shed into a brew house, never mind a man cave. That's why I'm working on putting an electric system in the basement. I'd hate the thought of having to shovel a path through snow just so I could freeze my ass of brewing beer outside in the winter, or anytime it's below 40 degrees. My biggest problem is having to give up some of my basement space from other things, to make room for a dedicated brewing area.

You did say you had a garage but she could still smell the beer brewing there- what about just investing in a big ass exhaust vent(s) and/or filters? Be a lot cheaper, and potentially warmer....

 
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:12 PM   #15
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Grain elevator.......... and an underground tunnel so you can get out there to drink beer in winter without putting on your coat.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:09 PM   #16
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A nice big utility sink, or better yet a 2 or 3 basin SS sink. Makes cleanup so easy. Floor drain. Maybe a porch and a hot tub?

 
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:05 AM   #17
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You all definitely know how to think big. And...I'm not replacing the wife. But, that's funny.

 
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:33 AM   #18
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Ample storage for brew gear, kegs, etc. When I eventually designate a brew area my main priorities will be storage, running water, and sufficient power to go electric. My ferm chamber is pretty out of the way in the basement, but I'll probably build something in my brew area so I don't have to haul carboys around.

 
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:23 AM   #19
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Floor drain, Floor Drain, and Floor drain.

I wish I had put one in when I poured the concrete for my brewshed.

Don't forget the bathroom or at the very least a urinal.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:33 AM   #20
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Seems easier just to replace the wife...
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