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Brewing TV - Episode 14: This Old Brewhouse

                        

Original postdate: August 13, 2010

Featuring:
- Jake's Homebrewery Project
- Time to Brew: Caribou Slobber

Jake Keeler has a problem. Actually, he has a lot of problems, but this one we can publicly discuss. Over the years he has collected a lot of equipment and toys for homebrewing - now he's trying to figure out how to fit it all in, move it all around and make the homebrews that he wants to drink.

Perhaps you can help Jake decide the best way to go about converting his space into a super homebrewery. See what he has now, where'd he'd like to be, and send us your suggestions.

Jake needs help!  Please send pictures of your bad-ass breweries, suggestions, and tips...

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Stuff seen in the episode

Caribou Slobber kit

Johnson Digital Temp. controller

 

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Reader Comments (25)

Pimp My Brewhouse!

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdankbrewer

Instead of running a hose to the garage try using a submersible fountain pump in a bucket of ice water along with your wort chiller. I do this to cool my wort. Saves on pumping water through from a hose and sometimes the ground water is too warm where I live. I found a simple 120 gal per hour pump for around $10 to $15. I put it at the bottom of a bucket of ice water and plug it in. Then I attach 1 tube from my wort chiller to it and place the other tube in the bucket as well. This way the fountain pump sucks up the ice water in the bucket, runs it through the wort chiller, and back into the bucket. Saves on water and I can just add a litttle ice as needed to keep the water cold. I can usually chill a 2.5 to 3 gallon boil from 180 down to 85 in 4 to 6 minutes this way. Especailly if I can put my pot in a sink of ice as well.

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Bob - that sounds like a great, inexpensive and simple way to get chiller water in my garage! I prefer simple methods and technology. Your suggestion is on my list, thanks!

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeeler

I'm wondering if all those full carboys and Kegs will have enough thermal mass in that small chamber to make it impossible to use ice effectively(at a reasonable consumption rate). I'll have to look into this.

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMattie K

In your fermentation chamber, make sure you use some cross beam supports underneath the shelf for all that weight. It will help provide support and prevent the shelf from sagging/warping.

Something like this (viewed from the top): http://i.imgur.com/csDHN.jpg

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew C

Consider a "rolling floor" in the bottom of your cellar, i.e. a simple framed shelf on casters. It will save your back getting those carboys to the back and generally just make things easier to re-organize.

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShawn

On your shelf, you could build the frame of the shelf top and anchor it to the wall using concrete anchors. Doing this as well as crossbeam like Andrew said, and legs you will have no problem with that weight. Added bonus to the anchors is the shelf will not move and tip your kegs off onto the floor.

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Hey, when you guys come to the Madison area, will you come to my place for the brewing part! I'm serious!

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBDog

I've got an awesome setup.

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBDog

I was wondering if you could build a lazy susan in your fermentation closet. One near the floor and one up above. That way you can spin the lazy susan to access the container without having to be an acrobat.

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Jake,
I've been contemplating some brewery-related projects for when I move next year. I saw these plans online for some DIY, fully customizable shelves, and thought I would pass them on. Seems like they would do you nicely in your garage or brew room... or fermentation room.
http://www.lyons42.com/GarageShelvesJan2001/index.html

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Your closet might be best served with a simple stainless steel table with a strong wire shelf underneath at the base of the legs. That's what I use in my garage and I bought it for about a hundred bucks at Sam's Club. It can handle a ton of weight, it rolls on strong caster wheels and is restaurant sanitary/cleanable. The casters lock in place to steady the table. It would present a simple solution to getting at the stuff in the back - you could just wheel it out when you need to do so.

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYnotbrusum

So many good suggestions! I think the theme on the fermentation chamber is mobility, or at least rolling shelves to reduce having to hump full carboys and kegs in and out every time I move a vessel. Also, making sure I've got extra support for the weight with anchors or cross beams for reinforcement.

There have also been some great suggestions on getting water to the garage for chilling, and using a draft tower set-up for the chest freezer vs. building a skirt. On the latter note, this get's me thinking that perhaps I should buy a smaller (more true to form) kegerator and use the chest freezer for lagering and summer fermentation...

Dang it...my wife is going to hate you guys for putting these ideas in my head!

August 16, 2010 | Registered CommenterBrewing TV

Don't go smaller with the keg freezer (whatever term you want to call it). It's always nice to have an extra beer or two on tap, in case of a "I just want one" situation. You can never have too many taps.

Speaking of which, here was my original setup for my build. Unforuntately the setup is no longer with us. before attaching the collar (skirt) to the lid, I put wainscoting on the inside of it, and screwed copper u-clamps into it. This really gave my lines an awesome finished look to it. Here's a picture:
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd99/ibjoec/Beer/Picture5237.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd99/ibjoec/Beer/Picture5240.jpg

I also have a small 2 tap setup on another freezer, and I much prefer the collar setup. Unless you plan on glycol, I'd suggest keeping clear of the towers. With homebrew it's usually OK, but I also have a standard setup (Sankey, two Euro adapters, etc.) and most commercial brews tend to have a LOT of head on the first half of the pour due to the warmer beer in the neck of the tower. That is my personal experience, I'm sure others have differing opinions.

Either way, awesome space to begin with! Can't wait to see updates on your progress. I'm looking at buying houses now and I'd be lying if I didn't map each out a little bit... "I can put carboys and buckets here, this is a good spot for the kegs to hide... we could make THIS into a wine rackkk..... hmmmm".

Cheers.

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe C

I wanted the taps MUCH higher. We...(well, my husband and his buddy) lifted the "kegerator" on to a concrete block base and skirted it. Now it's, the perfect height for pouring!
Jan

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterluvtobrew

when you make your wisconsin trip make sure you stop at the grumpy troll brew pub in mt. horeb about 20 min from new glarus. you will not be disappointed

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercurt

When running water to the garage use a large diameter copper pipe 3/4", or 1/2". Then put a simple ball valve on the pipe just as it comes out of the wall and end the copper pipe there. From there use quick disconnects to connect flexible water line to your PVC brewing water manifold. This way you can drain the water manifold it you want to in the winter between brew sessions and the PVC will take any expansion from left over water in the system. The copper pipe will trasport enough heat to you line to keep it from freezing but still insulate the hole in the wall with Great Stuff spray insulation. The larger diameter copper pipes will maintain high water pressure for your counter flow chiller or chiller and aid in washing out a counter flow chiller. Although you only need to run 1 line to the garage (cold water) run 2 lines. Sooner or later when you start doing bigger batches you can use the other to pump or gravity feed your batches to your brew room downstairs either or cooled and fermented. Your lucky to have an old coal shoot there for your fermenting closet. You might consider the small moveable platform on the floor that sounded good. In addition how about suspending some shelveing from the small ledge you have as well that would give you more floor space which looks to be valuable. I have split my set up between down stairs and the garage (boiling) also. heres some pics:

http://kansaskiteboarding.tripod.com/id32.html

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEric Fresh

http://www.amazon.com/Simpson-Strong-Tie-KWB1-Workbench/dp/B000MJZBD0

I used one of these to build a workbench in my garage. I think it would make a sturdy shelf system in your fermentation chamber. You can make the structure as big dimensionally as you'd like.

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJW

So I sketched up my idea in Google Sketchup. I figure you can easily hold 18 kegs and a couple of carboys in that room.

http://picasaweb.google.ca/lh/photo/lCGIoYXJ997wFKQF0Ir70A?feat=directlink

For moving the carboys from the brewing area I have seen a nice carboy holder here:

http://poconobrewhouse.com/index.php?pr=Carboys_-_Fermentation

Not sure if it is right for your situation, but I liked the idea.

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

I tryed to build a keg freezer and when I put the skirt on and tryed to reattach the lid i drilled through a freon line. It was a million dollar shot and I got it. So lesson learned do not drill any holes in the freezer cabinet only in the hinges. A nother option is a wine/beverage refrigerator from menards (about $180). Take out all the shelves and it can hold two corny kegs with small co2 bottle and there is no lines in roof so you can drill a hole for a tower. Also you so do not have to bend over to pour beer. I was able to fix freezer but only because I welded it and my dad is a hvac guy. Otherwise it could have cost $200-$300 to fix.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

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