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.