brew house set up suggestions?

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  1. SteelDriverBrewing

    SteelDriverBrewing New Member

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    We just moved into a new house and my brew room is in the unfinished part of the basement. I've free reign to do whatever I please to that part: any suggestions or necessities for setting up a brew room from scratch? In my previous house, I was a "closet brewer" in that I had to pack it all away when I was done.

    Some specifics:
    It's cold! Average room temperature is 60 degrees F
    It's about 15 by 15.
    I'm currently a partial mash brewer but really see myself moving to all grain.
    I plan on using induction plates as my heat source. I have one right now and it's awesome for temp control during brew day.

    Thanks for any suggestions!
     
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    In no particular order:

    Some ferm wrap or other item to warm your wort up. I think you've got a good average temp, but sometimes you gotta ferment warmer.
    Plastic bins to store grain. I think it was ozarks, but you can really get a lot of different grains into a compact area, like under a workbench or something.
    You'll need a mill if you choose to store uncrushed grain.
    A mini fridge for hops and yeast.
    A kegerator with at least 2 taps.
    A nice sized tv
    A comfy recliner

    Note, some of these are more important for brewing than others
     
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    but seriously if getting into all grain and doing it right be prepared to drop some cash like 2k to 4k
    a couple of musts for any inside brewing
    a vent hood of some kind
    a good water source with a laundry type clean up sink
    http://www.amazon.com/Mustee-14-Utilatu ... ge_o04_s01
    hoses with quick disconnects and spray nozzles
    a mop and bucket

    if going electric
    a power source with a 30 amp dedicated breaker with gfci and then the fun begins

    the list starts here for toys
    storing grain
    http://www.amazon.com/Sterilite-1751171 ... ge_o05_s00

    just to scare you this is the way to go
    http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/gallery

    the hard core basement builds
    http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/testimonials
     
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    I'd love to have a room that was always cool for brewing and fermenting. It's way easier to heat than to cool. Hard to brew year-round when the room temp can go to 75 or 80 degrees even with AC. Only way it's possible is with a chest freezer and controller.
     
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    Thanks for the good list! I want to make sure that as I build, I think ahead and I definitely would have forgotten about storage space for grains.
     
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    Oh good idea - I never thought of hoses. Those electric brewery links are amazing! One can dream!
     
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