Converting garage into brewery in China

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Hi all, I'm going to convert a garage into a brewery and could use some advice.

The garage is ground-level with doors at either end. It was previously being rented out to some people for storing construction materials, so I need to add new flooring (tiled) do something to the walls (I've been advised to add more tiles), paint the ceiling and do something to get the electricity/gas/water how I need it.

The garage has two rooms with a toilet in the front room, so I plan to use the front room as an office/storage and then do my brewing in the back room.

So far I've been brewing 20L batches in my apartment's kitchen using a 40L electric water heater to BIAB, fermenting in 25L plastic buckets, then bottling in 1L bottles. But I'd like to be able to make 100L batches and try kegging.

Do you have any suggestions for the design of my brewery? And what equipment do you think I should be buying?

I'm in China, so please can you give me the generic names of equipment rather than brand names because I can't order from any NA/EU companies, but there are a lot of factories that supply stuff here I can look into.

Thanks in advance!

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AliExpress has a lot of brewery equipment, pretty much everything one needs in all sizes.

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That or something similar, and some fermenters would be a good start.
You would want some kegs or some sort of packaging equipment as well.

Another one of a different style
I like this style better, but you didn't mention your budget.
 
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AliExpress has a lot of brewery equipment, pretty much everything one needs in all sizes.

Brewing Equipment on AliExpress

That or something similar, and some fermenters would be a good start.
You would want some kegs or some sort of packaging equipment as well.

Another one of a different style
I like this style better, but you didn't mention your budget.

The second one looks great, but may be a bit above my level.

The first one seems ideal though. Thanks for that, much appreciated.
 

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The second one looks great, but may be a bit above my level.

The first one seems ideal though. Thanks for that, much appreciated.
What did you decide on?
Probably too late but could be done alot cheaper, all you really need is ~100L boiler, ~100L fermentor/s and a pump to transfer ... Then kegging equipment , all should be super cheap for you to source
 

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As for the walls, I would go the simple and cheap route.
Just get some concrete putty and patch up any dents and then repaint floor, roof and walls with paint made for concrete.
I work in construction and that actually looks in pretty decent shape, just needs some shaping up on the surface.
 
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I've nearly finished the renovation. I tiled the walls and floor of the brew room. I just need to install an extractor fan and some other minor stuff.

I got is a stand-alone 120L BIAB system - it has a big brewing kettle with a bucket for the grain that can be winched out. And then two 120L conical fermenters. All from the same supplier and made to order. They only arrived on Monday and I haven't had a chance to unpack them yet, but that's the job for this weekend.

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I've nearly finished the renovation. I tiled the walls and floor of the brew room. I just need to install an extractor fan and some other minor stuff.

I got is a stand-alone 120L BIAB system - it has a big brewing kettle with a bucket for the grain that can be winched out. And then two 120L conical fermenters. All from the same supplier and made to order. They only arrived on Monday and I haven't had a chance to unpack them yet, but that's the job for this weekend.

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Looking nice.
Congratulations on the good/hard work.

What will you brew first?
 
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Thanks! I'm going to try brewing an American IPA with Voss kveik.

I finally managed to unpack all the equipment so hopefully I can start brewing this weekend.
I just need to sort out the electricity connection and figure out how it all works!

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Looks great! ^
Don't forget to clean, then passivate your stainless before brewing anything!

Are you using dry or liquid yeasts?
Making big yeast starters or buy large (dry) packs or jugs of yeast?
Once you fermented a batch you can repitch to the next, cone to cone.
 

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I finally managed to unpack all the equipment so hopefully I can start brewing this weekend.
Don't forget to clean, then passivate your stainless before brewing anything!
I would also do a pickling run. AKA brew a batch for the drain to catch any unwanted flavors from hoses gaskets possible machine oils that made it past the cleaning. Nothing extravagant just a cheap small batch. But that is up to you.

Edit- I am curious about this venture. I am guessing you must be renting this space so I'm thinking your not homebrewing any more. Looks like no room for a taproom so are you doing distribution?
 

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AKA brew a batch for the drain to catch any unwanted flavors from hoses gaskets possible machine oils that made it past the cleaning.
The OP would be better off running a batch of alkaline cleaner through the whole system as if he were brewing.

I hear you about parts, gaskets, etc. that may have fabrication oils and other contaminants on them. Those should be cleaned, and if they can withstand it, even boiled in brewery cleaner, such as Sodium PerCarbonate ("Oxyclean") or Sodium Carbonate (common washing soda), with some Lye (NaOH) added. Then rinsed well and sanitized.

There are common procedures for brewery cleaning and sanitation.
 

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Brewery Life is an excellent set of Youtube videos. This one references passivation and pickling. 13:25 mark is where he goes through pickling. The whole video is worth a watch when you have some expensive equipment that your lively hood depends on as far as longevity of the equipment. There is no doubt that I'm not an expert so I'm always looking into ways of doing things. I'll have to look into the alkaline scenario.
 
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