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Brew Shed Is Framed and Sided

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

With the brew shed foundation poured and cured the project continued forward. It takes about a month for concrete to cure. It also takes about a month for spring to kick off in Oregon.

Reminder to our readers: You know you are seriously addicted to home brewing when you start making plans for a brew shed!

Three of us bolted down a pressure treated sill plate, then put up all four walls in one afternoon. The framing of the roof and sheathing took another two afternoons. One more solid day should finish off the roof and trim. Then it will need a couple coats of primer and paint. After that I will turn my attention to the electrical panel.

Brew shed walls

Details about the shed:

  • Walls are just under 8 feet tall. This way the siding overlaps the concrete a little.
  • I went with 5/8” T111 siding, which works both as sheathing (like OSB), and siding (like lap boards). I found this was the best bang for the buck in terms of appearance and price.
  • The 12′ x 12′ size feels roomy enough for a brewery without hogging the back yard.
  • The height at the peak is 11′ 6”.
  • Total cost was about $2200 for all the materials, delivered.

Brew shed framing

Brew shed roof
(Roof framing completed).


  • Use a qualified contractor who has experience building houses. There are a lot of little details that go into framing I had no idea about. You want your brew shed built solid with the help of a professional.
  • Check with local city / county building codes before getting started.
  • Get the materials delivered. A local place only charged me $80 to have everything delivered at once.
  • Charge it and get credit card mileage points / rewards.
  • Keep natural lighting in mind. This shed has a skylight and two windows.
  • Design in a big door that is easy to get items like kettles, keezers, and drunk friends in and out.
  • Keep your dimensions in units that work well with basic lumber sizes. Multiples of four are good.
  • Consider going with 2×6 construction for added insulation value. It my case it wasn’t worth going past 2×4 walls, but it might be in yours.
  • Add in a loft. Mine has one in the back at seven feet high. The brewing equipment will fit nicely under there.

Brew shed sheathed
(Framed and sheathed, ready for shingles).

Brew shed looking outside
(Lots of natural light are a good thing).

More articles to come on the subject of brew sheds.

  1. 10 Responses to “Brew Shed Is Framed and Sided”

  2. Have you planned your first brew shed brew?

    By Jeff on May 15, 2011

  3. I was thinking a good solid IPA would be in order. Maybe a Ninkasi Tricerahops clone? I’m not finding much on the subject so far.

    Getting that first brew made will feel great.

    By Larry on May 15, 2011

  4. A commemorative half-litre bottle complete with wax seal, sent to Saskatchewan, would be a fitting tribute to the inaugural brew.

    By Jeff on May 15, 2011

  5. Nice brew shed. Very jealous. Post more pictures when you have everything setup.

    By Carl on May 18, 2011

  6. Thanks, I plan to post several more articles on the subject. It is a LOT of work, but it is built to last.

    By Larry on May 19, 2011

  7. Would seriously love to have my own brew shed like this. I fear my girlfriend would never see me though.

    By Neil on May 25, 2011

  8. I plan to sleep in mine if I get kicked to the ‘dog house’ by SWMBO.

    By Larry on May 28, 2011

  9. With my 4th child coming in 1 month, I am losing my brewing space but I am dreaming of a brew shed just like this. Thanks for giving me a source to show my wife what a great idea it would be!

    By Trevor on May 29, 2011

  10. AWESOME! I turned a portion of my woodshop into my home brewery. This is great!

    By Steve on Jun 6, 2011

  11. Thanks for the support! I’m sore. Been getting a lot knocked out on this thing. Expect to see more posts soon.

    Re Neil:
    > I fear my girlfriend would never see me though.
    Keep a bottle of lubricant in there!

    By Larry on Jun 6, 2011

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