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Old 02-04-2013, 04:02 PM   #11
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IMO, not having water out there during the winter is "half A$$ed".
I guess I see your point and agree.... But I have no clue how to get water to my shed, or how much it would cost. I believe it would be expensive and maybe something to look forward to in the future..

I know I am trying to make my life easier having all my stuff in 1 place.
I know having to walk to my house to get buckets of water is going to be a pain.
I know I just had to do it today (Brewing now in my garage.)

So how does one get water to a shed?
Run pipes under ground below the frost line?


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Old 02-04-2013, 04:13 PM   #12
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So how does one get water to a shed?
Run pipes under ground below the frost line?
Yes. You can rent a machine to dig a trench and just bury plastic pipe. Really shouldn't cost more than a couple hundred dollars.


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Old 02-04-2013, 05:48 PM   #13
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If you want to do a semi half a$$ed way of doing it, you can run a fresh water hose from your house to a connection in the shed, maybe a sink. That way you can drain the hose when not in use. It would also have a shut of in the shed so you don't have to go all the way to the house to turn it off. I suggested a tankless water heater earlier, and thy could still be added if you did it this way
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Thats what I was going to suggest, carrying buckets of water sucks.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:04 PM   #15
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If you want to do a semi half a$$ed way of doing it, you can run a fresh water hose from your house to a connection in the shed, maybe a sink. That way you can drain the hose when not in use. It would also have a shut of in the shed so you don't have to go all the way to the house to turn it off. I suggested a tankless water heater earlier, and thy could still be added if you did it this way

That is not too bad an idea and with the hot and cold water coming off my house I could figure something out.
Maybe wrap it all back up in the shed after brew day is over. (blow the lines out so they don't freeze)
I could probably get away with using one hose, connect to hot when I want hot and cold when i want cold.
The shut offs for those external water lines is right in my furnace room so it is usually warm.
I just shut the water off inside and then drain the 1' section that goes through the house to the outside faucet..


Because even if I did trench and lay pipes the shed is not heated and they would freeze once in the shed.
I have a tough enough time heating my house let alone wanting to heat my shed. lol

My parents even gave me their old countertop and sink recently.
I could cut the counter to size and hook the sink up.
I need to look up how to drain the grey water from the sink as well.

Also I use regular star-san can that just be dumped out in the woods?
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Because even if I did trench and lay pipes the shed is not heated and they would freeze once in the shed.
I have a tough enough time heating my house let alone wanting to heat my shed. lol
Use this where the pipe enters the shed. When you turn it off it drains completely town to the frost line. I have one in my detached garage and it works great.

http://www.amazon.com/Simmons-4802-F...ic+drain+valve
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Use this where the pipe enters the shed. When you turn it off it drains completely town to the frost line. I have one in my detached garage and it works great.

http://www.amazon.com/Simmons-4802-F...ic+drain+valve
hmm thats cool,
Thank you for showing that to me.

I need to draw up some plans and see what I can do.
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Have you considered going with an electric setup over propane? I don't want to start a debate here, but for anyone brewing in winter I think electric would be the way to go. No fumes, so you can have the doors and windows closed and have some heat on in there!
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I no nothing about electric. but I guess I could read into it.
Would i need a lot more power.?
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I no nothing about electric. but I guess I could read into it.
Would i need a lot more power.?
What size batches? For 10 gallon batches you should be fine with a normal 30amp dryer or oven outlet and wiring. Just have an electrician run it to your shed!


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