Wildwest's brew lean-to (my almost dream build)

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I came here craving beer porn. . . I got some but I gotta tell you this whole cat thing is interesting. Several people have made a good point that it isn't the cat's fault and to not take it out on the cat. That is fair but the problem is clearly the owner doesn't give a hoot. I don't care what type of animal was under my house destroying my HVAC it would have to be conditions to stay out. . . and I gotta tell you all, I wouldn't be dumb enough to let it rip up my HVAC a second time.

Build looks great, every time i see things like this I a little piece of me dies of envy!
 

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No more cat. Build progress....

So, you gonna take some of that extra insulated pipe you got and warm/cool the main part of the brew shed?
 
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No more cat. Build progress....

So, you gonna take some of that extra insulated pipe you got and warm/cool the main part of the brew shed?
Haven't thought that far ahead yet.:eek: The garage is heated and cooled, so im going to put some vents in the back wall, so when im brewing the exhaust fan will pull fresh air through. Heating wise, my burners will heat it up nicely. I may put an in wall gas heater in there and maybe a wall air conditioner.

So many ideas, so little money.
 
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hey wildwest thanks for stopping by my intro thread. Build is looking good...bet you can't wait til its warm again...best wishes
Thanks. Hopefully the day will come when I can have a massive brewfest here, everyone in Tennessee will be invited.
 

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Did you give your cold room anymore thought?

I built a cooler about 10X10. Used an old air conditioning outside unit as compressor and an old "A" coil inside the cooler room. Hung the "A" coil upside down and mounted an attic ventilation fan on top of it. I could get the room down to 27*F!! You have to "undercharge" the system to get cooler temperatures. But it works good. You need some kind of drip tray under the coil to catch the condensate.
 
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Did you give your cold room anymore thought?

I built a cooler about 10X10. Used an old air conditioning outside unit as compressor and an old "A" coil inside the cooler room. Hung the "A" coil upside down and mounted an attic ventilation fan on top of it. I could get the room down to 27*F!! You have to "undercharge" the system to get cooler temperatures. But it works good. You need some kind of drip tray under the coil to catch the condensate.
The only thought i've given it is the size. I'm going to knock it down to 5' x10', or 4' x10, I have a habit of making rooms to big. This is one area i'm going to splurge in, i'm leaning in the direction of a coolbot to handle the cooling duties.
http://www.storeitcold.com/
 

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Awesome project! Can't wait to see the finished product. I've got an off topic question on the link in your sig. How does that force carb chart work w/o a period of time factor?
 

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Awesome project! Can't wait to see the finished product. I've got an off topic question on the link in your sig. How does that force carb chart work w/o a period of time factor?
The chart assume you leave it until it reaches equilibrium. It is not a "leave it at this pressure and temp for X amount of time to achieve Y" type of chart.
 
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Well, spring has sprung, and so has my interest free Lowe's card!:D
Overhangs are done, siding is 99% done, and i'm ready for cement. Hopefully it will be poured this Friday. I'm going with a 100amp electrical service, so electric brewing will be a future option.

I splurged on the black outlets and stainless covers. I think they just look like their made for a brewery. It's actually looking like this may be done by summer, I can't wait!:mug:

Overhang sheeting and fascia painted before installation.











 
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No windows?
Heck no! There will be an exhaust fan and air conditioner in the wall and nothing else. I'm trying to keep it as cool as possible without costing me a fortune, and I like brewing by fluorescent light. Plus it keeps the peeping toms out.
 

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you mounted the outlets incorrectly, they wont work like that!:p

lookin good! More work, more pics!
 

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Heck no! There will be an exhaust fan and air conditioner in the wall and nothing else. I'm trying to keep it as cool as possible without costing me a fortune, and I like brewing by fluorescent light. Plus it keeps the peeping toms out.
my .45 cal would keep the toms away...

looking good.
 

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Thought I'd check back on this. Nice progress and looking sweet!

I was kinda wondering though.. why didn't you pour the cement first? I'm pretty sure I've read the entire thread but maybe I missed something cause of I was looking at the pics? lol
 

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Glad to see the project back on course and no more cat problems.
Please keep the pictures coming with the progress, and hopefully this will be done before you hit another money crunch.
 
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I was kinda wondering though.. why didn't you pour the cement first? l
I started it in the fall and we had never ending rain to deal with, now I can pour it rain or shine.
 

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Sorry to be the one to tell you... when you mount the outlets upside down the electricity leaks out. Might want to fix that! :D

Love the thread and the stories! :mug:
 

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I am so jealous of you. I want a brew shed. My wife wants me to make a tree house for my daughter, once she grows up she wont use it anymore and it will become my brewshed. wait a minute... on second thought that would just be dangerous. NVM I'll just keep wishing.
 

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I am so jealous of you. I want a brew shed. My wife wants me to make a tree house for my daughter, once she grows up she wont use it anymore and it will become my brewshed. wait a minute... on second thought that would just be dangerous. NVM I'll just keep wishing.
Tree houses are VERY dangerous. You should explain to your wife how a play house (adult scale so you can play too) would be much safer for your daughter.
 

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Thanks. Hopefully the day will come when I can have a massive brewfest here, everyone in Tennessee will be invited.
I never realized how close I am to Sparta. I'm just down the road in Chattanooga. Let me know when it's done and I'll come help you break it in!
 
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Are you going to have water lines and Gas running into it?
Water yes, I won't be needing gas as i'm planning to go electric. But it is available. I think i'll put a nat gas wall heater in it for winter brewing.



I never realized how close I am to Sparta. I'm just down the road in Chattanooga. Let me know when it's done and I'll come help you break it in!
You got it!
 

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with as much liquid as there will be dont you think you should have a gfi outlet? Or at least a weather proof cover?
 

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A gfi electrical outlet is the outlets in your kitchen or bathroom. Or at least should be if they are up to code. With you have a sink in there and also producing a liquid. I would recommend a gfi outlet. If it shorts with contact of water it trips instead of shokcing you. They arent much more money and could save your life.
 
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They can be QUITE expensive when talking about the size needed for an electric brewery, but yes, they can save a life. But there is so much discussion on this board already about them.
Glad to see you back up and going WW
 

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Im not sure of your power needs. But I saw your electrical plate and thats a 120v plate. your standard outlet. Another option is a gfi breaker you install it in your break panel and it covers everything at once source. Talk to your local home depot electrical employee and they can help you out and explain it with visuals
 
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What's with all the electrical advice? My shed is being wired by a licensed electrician. Those pics are of my outlets, no need for gfi's.
 

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Look im just tring to help. I too am a licensed electrician. And if you have water around an outlet you have to have a gfi. Dont believe me ask an inspector, google it, buy a book. And you will find that if it was up to code it will need it.
 
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Look im just tring to help. I too am a licensed electrician. And if you have water around an outlet you have to have a gfi. Dont believe me ask an inspector, google it, buy a book. And you will find that if it was up to code it will need it.
Yes I realize that. I have gfi's in my bathrooms, kitchen, outside outlets, and garage. I may have worded my post wrong. I meant if you don't post a pic of a gfi, the electrical police are all over you.:mug:
 

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Don't be surprised when you hear a knock on the door. Sorry couldn't resist.

Your brew hut looks great
 
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The LONG awaited day is here! Cement is coming at 2:00! Woot! This has been holding up the whole project for a while. Finding someone to to cement is no easy task around here. If it didn't have to be wheeled through my garage I would have done it myself. The project should pick up steam in the next week or two. It will have to wait as i'm off to St.Louis this weekend.:mug:


Gratuitous before shot. Notice the wire on the wall, 240 for my future electric setup. And to you electric Nazi's, that's just there as a measuring guide for the box, nothing more.

 

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Looking good.

Are you going to have an moisture barrier/flashing between the concrete and your house? It will rot that OSB very quickly and potentially cause some sort of mold and/or structural problem in the future.
 
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