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Moving into the "Brew Room"

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:37 pm
by Mob_Barley
I don't have a new Brutus 10 setup to show ya'll. I'm still brewing with my 10 Gallon Gott Coolers. Instead, I spent my money (and a considerable amount of time and more than a few cuts, pulled muscles, smashed fingers, etc.) on a new brew room. Originally it was supposed to be a cold room but now it's more like a brew room, where I house my winemaking, meadmaking and brewing stuff. I can probably get it down to the low 60's but haven't tried yet. It started out just a shell with all our junk in it. I put R30 in all the walls and in the ceiling and then put Reflectix (to reflect thermal energy; the same stuff used in coolers) on the back of all 4x8 sheets of particle board before screwing them to the walls and ceiling. Finally, I put down reflectix on the concrete floor and installed cheap laminate flooring on top. It's a work in progress, but at least I have almost all my beer/wine/mead stuff out of the house. Did I mention this was a collaborative effort with my wife. She was highly motivated though since she wanted all my beer stuff out of the house by Christmas.


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View of back corner
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Lots of stuff. Kegs ready to make new system, stainless shelves.
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Bulk grain in blue containers and tasting table.
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Lab setup.
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Temp controlled freezer with fermenting Am Amber and
lots of commercial beer.
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Fermenting beer with brew belt. Fridge set at 48 deg
and fermenter set at 62 deg w/ digital controller for
fermenter on side of fridge.
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Look to other end of the cave.
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Kegerator, computer and library.
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Beer, mead and wine making library.
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Specialty Grains and misc parts.
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View of doors and air conditioner center left. Oh yeah, that's Marlin and Melvin above the doors.

The room is 21'x6'. I had planned on brewing in here but now it has way too much stuff and no room, plus I'd have to install a vent. Just about all I have to do now is install laundry tub with water and drain to the outside. I may still build a wine rack to get the hundreds of wine bottles of wine out of my wife's linen closet (now a wine cellar). I never knew I had so much wine and beer stuff until you bring it all together in one place.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:04 pm
by yeastmeister
Very Nice! Thats an awesome setup. :mrgreen:

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:32 pm
by aleguy
Awesome setup, but it looks very tight. It sounds like you put a vapor barrier on the inside. I thought VBs were supposed to go on the warm side, which is the outside around here. Oh well, I'm sure you know what you were doing, I'm just a little confused about exactly how you put it all together.
Anyway you have an awesome brew cave. I might be just a tad jealous.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:55 pm
by Mob_Barley
It wasn't intended to be a vapor barrier so much as an extra R5 of insulation. The thermal reflectivity was a plus. If I had planned on making a wine cellar, I would have considered putting up a vapor barrier since the humidity would/should be around 70%. The insulation was encased in plastic, so I figured that would do.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:45 pm
by triple-oh_six
Nice mancave, I'm jealous.

Very organized just like I like it.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 11:46 am
by Imakewort
nice set up :D I started out using the gott coolers to brew in and boiled on my stove till the 3rd boil over, then bought a outside rig that i have using till this new one, Keep it up and brewstrong :lol:

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:49 am
by Mob_Barley
I've always brewed outside. Lately I've started doing multiple infusions since I can't directly heat the coolers yet. My next project will be a steam injection system for the coolers. It should be simple to do and I already have most of the stuff. This way, I can put a controller on the burner and maintain a set temp, or ramp up the temp, just like the grownups do on their systems.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:01 pm
by aleguy
I don't know about steam injection, but a HERMS could certainly work with a cooler tun.