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Old 01-18-2014, 06:20 AM   #1
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Default Basement brewery 90% complete

My biggest concern was appropriate ventilation. I've seen a cool build on here utilizing a 55 gallon steel barrel cut lengthwise and welded together and figured that was an excellent idea. My dad has some free plastic barrels laying around so he fabricated the hood using that. Definitely a cost effective solution. Powering the hood is a 500ish CFM hydroponics fan.

Next up was gas. The furnace is right behind the camera POV so I tapped off a natural gas line using 1/2 CSST proflex line. Built a manifold with black iron and used mr. Heater universal natural gas hookups from the manifold to the burners. At 20 dollars each they are a bit of a steal considering they include a ball valve.

Next up was a sink. I was glued to craigslist for MONTHS trying to find a nice stainless sink from a restaurant auction, never found exactly what I wanted. Ended up with a Mustee poly laundry tub for TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS from Home Depot.... Killer, killer deal. Plumed it to a drain line from the first level half bath right above the sink location. I'm researching faucets, but for now I use a use right off my water meter (pressure is hilariously high). There's PEX to tap into right above the sink when the time is right. I'll probably also add a ball valve off the PEX with a hose fitting to dedicate to my chiller since it's right next to the boil kettle. Sink is drained with a 1/3 HP Sump pump from menards. It's simply in a bucket (for now) while I look for a sealed basin to use.

Next up, more electricity, hood lighting and shelving.


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Old 01-19-2014, 05:18 PM   #2
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That is lovely.


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Old 01-19-2014, 11:48 PM   #3
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Someone replied? I lost hope. I know it's no kal electric or anything but sheyiiiiiitttt
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:04 AM   #4
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Nice setup! Where in MI are you?
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:12 AM   #5
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I'm surprised it took that long for a reply.
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:00 AM   #6
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Nice setup! Where in MI are you?
Kalamazoo
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:30 AM   #7
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Sounds great, can we see a picture of the hood? Also: Accidentally Imperial Witness Protection is a great beer name.
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:12 PM   #8
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Eye catching setup and good to see the arrangement of these but one thing is missing there is no support under the products which is not good. I think you need to provide support with cross beams or any other way .
Thanks for the suggestion, robot.
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I'm over in Battle Creek. I have been considering cleaning up a small room in the basement where the breaker box is located to use for an electric rig. Wasn't sure about ventilation. You may have just given me an idea.
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Looks great and your brewing chair is much nicer than my lawn chair. I'm just wondering if you have a fresh air source. Conventional wisdom is that having 3 burners indoors is not very safe. I would think you need some "make up" air


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