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Old 02-12-2008, 12:23 AM   #1
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I'm going to either buy or build a shed for my back yard soon. In addition to storing some lawn care equipment, I want to start brewing my own beer out there as well. Are there any specific conditions that would make a shed better for brewing?

 
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:53 AM   #2
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Since this is your 1st post - Welcome aboard!

electricity and water
sink (if you have room)
ventilation if you plan to run burners in there

would all be on my want list. How big of a shed are you planning on building? If you do a search, I seem to remember a couple of other threads about brew shed builds. I remember one was really nice.
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Old 02-12-2008, 01:07 AM   #3
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Welcome to HBT!

A lot would depend on the climate in your area as well. For fermenting there are relatively specific temperature requirements you'd need to be able to meet.
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Old 02-12-2008, 01:17 AM   #4
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If I was going to build another shed, I'd make sure to have something other than a plywood floor. The one I had at my last house had one of those and it wasn't great. I think I'd probably use concrete pavers because they are still considered "portable" and not a permanent structure like poured concrete. I'd also want water and electric. Depending on the climate, you're also going to have to consider heating and cooling.
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Old 02-12-2008, 03:47 AM   #5
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Thanks for all of the replies and welcomes, guys. It sounds like a true brew shed can be quite the investment. Perhaps I should start small and then expand into a shed once I get things rolling? I have a large backyard and would love to have a workshop back there as well, so electricity and water shouldn't be too difficult. Ventilation might be unless a wall unit would be sufficient. I am located in Jacksonville, FL so some sort of A/C would be important, I suppose.

 
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Old 02-12-2008, 03:51 AM   #6
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Definetaly A/C and a large shaded porch.

 
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:04 AM   #7
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Don't forget a beer fridge.... You don't want to be too far seperated from tasty brew while you make tasty brew. I brew in my garage (live near Houston) and don't have the garage AC'd, so summers are almost unbearable. Ice cold beer helps a lot.

Hmm. Actually, maybe that's why mine haven't been turning out all that great..............

 
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:08 AM   #8
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Don't forget a beer fridge.... You don't want to be too far seperated from tasty brew while you make tasty brew. I brew in my garage (live near Houston) and don't have the garage AC'd, so summers are almost unbearable. Ice cold beer helps a lot.

Hmm. Actually, maybe that's why mine haven't been turning out all that great..............
Thats why I had my crappy beer on tap when we brewed, so we could pay more attention and do it right! Except for the whole gallon and a half short on volume....

 
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Old 02-12-2008, 01:38 PM   #9
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Give this BN show a listen (skip the first 45 minutes if you don't want the witty banter). Then they follow up with a thorough discussion of 3 levels of brew house(backyard brewers, shed brewers, and brewers with an extremely large budget). They cover things like lighting, water, power, gas, flooring etc. etc.
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Old 02-12-2008, 02:20 PM   #10
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before you get into all of that you may want to check your local building codes and see what you can legally do. and welcome to hbt
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