Big Yin's Brew Shed

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Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby BigYin » Wed Jul 27, 2016 19:30

I moved into my own place in February 2014. The house came with a decent sized shed, and all my brewing gear was lobbed in there and forgotten while I got on with decorating the house and making it habitable.

When I next looked in on the shed, a month or so of crappy winter weather later I discovered the roof and window were both leaking - everything inside was damp and covered in mildew. Yuck.

I ripped the old felt off the roof and put nice new stuff up, and the window frame was so rotten it wasn't exactly hard to remove it - it just fell apart - here's the bits....

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I built a new frame in place and shuttered it with wood - and that was the shed watertight once more.

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With the shed watertight, and everything inside treated to a generous dose of bleach, it was once again left to it's own devices as other things took priority, but after doing a brew in my kitchen and spending ages mopping all the condensation off the walls, I decided it was time to get the shed sorted.

I turfed a load of stuff out and made space to brew with my plastic fantastic gear - of course, the condensation was even worse in the shed as it was winter, cold and dark...

So, before my next brew I fitted an extractor fan and ducting, and got rid of the pathetic single lightbulb and fitted a great big fluorescent light so I could actually see what I was doing.

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I decided at this point to get serious about the stainless steel brewery I've been gradually accumulating bits for. My mash tun came from Andy Mac off this forum probably a good 3 or 4 years back, and I was given a 100L stainless steel pot as a Christmas present - so it needed the tap and sight glass fitted - Kev lent me the required cutters (from Jed) and I set about firstly making the cutters fit for use...

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Sorted

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On with the cutting

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bits fitted and good to go

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I bought the burner ring, a solar pump, various hoses and connectors, and the setup was going to look like this :

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But.... well, there wasn't much workspace, and I didn't fancy carrying the big pots in and out of the house to wash them etc, so I stuck a request on my local freecycle, and a couple of days later I had a kitchen sink, worktops, tap, and drainage gubbins, all free. :drink:

I've got a stack of wood that is all 'waste' wood that was reclaimed from a variety of sources - so the framework and shelving could all be built from that stock of free wood.

First though, time to empty everything out

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Now, you're probably thinking - GOD! I hope he paints over that crappy pink... Well, nope, sorry, couldn't be arsed! Figure it'll mostly be covered up by the worktops....

Turns out it's only partially covered. Ah well. It's meant to be functional, not pretty!

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Getting there...

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Notice that with the boiler in place, the electric sockets are in entirely the wrong place....

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First though, some extra shelf space would be handy...

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I then moved the sockets, and added two more for good measure, and got the plumbing sorted.

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The water is supplied to the shed by the garden hose - just disconnect when done, let the water drain out, and no burst pipes in the winter 8-)

Drainage is simply straight out the side, and it drains from there into a drain already fitted in the pathway.

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Next was to create some kind of heat shield for under the gas burner - Kev confirmed it does get hellish hot under the burner and I wasn't keen on my nice worktop getting melted, even if it was free!

A trip to the scrap yard netted me a nice solid sheet of steel that just needed cut to size and some holes drilled to take the bolt legs, which then stand on high density polyprop feet to protect the worksurface.

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The air gap created is all that's needed to keep the extreme heat of the burner from damaging the worktop

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And there we are - that was the shed completed last night, and I was ready to brew this morning :D

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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby Dennis King » Wed Jul 27, 2016 19:43

Looks good Mike, great photos.
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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby HTH1975 » Wed Jul 27, 2016 19:57

Great stuff - wish I had a dedicated area where I could leave everything set up.

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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby kev » Wed Jul 27, 2016 20:13

Love it. Glad I could help a wee bit!

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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby Popcorn » Sun Jul 31, 2016 16:37

Good to see you finally getting back into it :)

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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby Zod » Sun Jul 31, 2016 17:21

Superb build!

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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby LeithR » Sun Jul 31, 2016 18:31

Congrats BY, an impressive job well done!

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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby BigYin » Sat Aug 06, 2016 14:27

More Tinkering.....

Well, before I put the workmate back in its storage place I figured I may as well tackle the HLT capacity issue as it would need a bigger, and lower shelf to sit on.

So, I bought a 60 Litre plastic fermentor from the Malt Miller and a sight glass from Powell Brewing. They arrived yesterday (in fact it was a bit like a treasure hunt – parcels left in strategic places in the back garden and some with my neighbours…) and I had a kiddy free evening, so may as well crack on :D


‘Old’ Boiler/HLT

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The main support for the shelf also partially supported the wee shelf to the right, so that had to come down until I could get the main support down and then put something else in place to support the wee shelf, then needed to cut out a bigger shelf/platform for the new HLT, fit that, cut holes for all the fittings, remove them from the old one, clean everything up and then fit to the new HLT.

When I discovered where the shelf support needed to go, I also found out I needed to move the diagonal support arm for the controller’s shelf. Oh the fun :lol:

Anyway, that should be the majority of the building/tinkering all done :thumb:

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I do still need to actually test the new HLT, make sure there are no leaks, and calibrate the sight glass, I’ll get that done this weekend and then once the fermentor is free I can crack on with another brew :drink:
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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby kev » Sat Aug 06, 2016 19:31

Tidy job as always.

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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby BigYin » Fri Oct 28, 2016 09:01

With the bigger HLT in place I needed to beef up the shelf support - Times like this it's just so damned handy to have an angle grinder, welder and pillar drill to play with! One custom made heavy duty shelf bracket made from scrap metal recovered from old garden fence sections left behind by the previous house owner :mrgreen:

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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby krazypara3165 » Fri Oct 28, 2016 09:18

Looking good! I'm currently setting up my brewing area in the garage. Not a patch on yours though!

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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby boab44stout » Tue Dec 06, 2016 15:56

great thread enjoyed the write up and the great pics
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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby BigYin » Tue Feb 14, 2017 19:16

Well, the house is going up for sale later this week, complete with the brew shed - although of course all the brewing goodies are coming with me!!

Anyone want to buy a 3 bedroom house in a lovely tree rich area in Polmont, Falkirk, complete with a brew shed? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby thepatchworkdoll » Tue Feb 14, 2017 22:25

Hi BigYin
Where abouts in Polmont are you. Im from Linlithgow.
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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby BigYin » Sat Feb 18, 2017 19:19

Well, I'll not be in Polmont long - house is on the market now and we'll be moving to East Lothian in a few months - assuming all goes well!!
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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby abeyptfc » Sat Feb 18, 2017 20:15

thepatchworkdoll wrote:Hi BigYin
Where abouts in Polmont are you. Im from Linlithgow.
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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby BarnsleyBrewer » Sat Feb 18, 2017 22:19

Hi Big Yin.
Looking good, great to see you back brewing....

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Re: Big Yin's Brew Shed

Postby BigYin » Mon Feb 20, 2017 22:34

Had loads of folk round to the view the house - hoping a sale will be agreed soon and I can get one last brew done before we have to pack it all up....
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