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Your brewing area?

Postby MrBoy » Sat Mar 17, 2018 20:12

I've always used the kitchen to do all my brewing and cleanup, normally the bottling too, though I do have a brewfridge (currently in the summerhouse).

I've been toying with the idea of converting our cellar (12x8') to a dedicated brew room for a while but unsure if I really want to give up, or need to, a whole room... Neither do I want half brewery, half dirty store room!

What do you lot use as your brew space?

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Re: Your brewing area?

Postby Steviebobs1983 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 20:18

Outside for me, if it's tipping it down I stay in the garage with the door open. There's far too much steam generated if I stay in the house. You might want to consider a vent if you don't already have one in your cellar.

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Postby Dennis King » Sat Mar 17, 2018 21:16

I use the garage. Never put the car in there and it also stores all her gardening bits plus a ton of other crap.
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Postby Steviebobs1983 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 21:21

Not sure about anyone else but my boil off rate is 2 litres an hour and my walls would be dripping in the house, Especially at this time of year.

Saying that, I'd love a dedicated room if I had the space. I reckon as long as the boss is happy and you've got decent ventilation, go for it.

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Postby aamcle » Sat Mar 17, 2018 22:06

Garage for me, I can usually avoid falling over the rest of the crap in there, just thing quart and pint pot.

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Postby wezzel » Sat Mar 17, 2018 23:08

Garage here too.

I set up neat the door and just crack the door a little to let the steam out during the colder months.


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Postby Dennis King » Sun Mar 18, 2018 00:57

wezzel wrote:Garage here too.

I set up neat the door and just crack the door a little to let the steam out during the colder months.


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I use a fan to push the steam out
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Postby rats_eyes » Sun Mar 18, 2018 01:10

Kitchen for me, as we're in a one bedroomflat with no garage. Luckily we have a shed for storage. Where there's a will!

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Postby CJV8 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 09:16

Kitchen at the moment, but I'm currently prepping part of our garage to be a dedicated home brewery. Floor tiled and walls being insulated and lined. Need to upgrade the electrics though, still got lead cabling in there!

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Postby MarkF » Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:28

Garage, small footprint Grainfather which is handy, door open although a few times I have had to shut it as rain/snow was blowing into the boil. Can't wait for warmer weather as it will be patio then.
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Postby Oldstunty » Sun Mar 18, 2018 13:16

Outside for me, too. I've got a manky old table I put my kettle on and run the extension leads out a window.
I overnight mash in the house, though.

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Postby Cheebs » Sun Mar 18, 2018 15:32

I have a shelving rack in the utility room /conservatory. I open the roof vent when boiling but the roof still gets pretty wet. Need to rig up a fan to the vent I think to improve circulation.

I started brewing outside but having a dedicated area where most things can live almost set up to brew is great.
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Postby Brewzee » Sun Mar 18, 2018 23:29

I need a shed or something as the rest of the house go howling mad when the brew is on. But I suppose you have to have the shed door open and thus its only a slight improvement on a patio. Can't imagine firing up 40 liters of water on a propane burner in a shed either so guess it has to be an electric set up, even so it's gonna turn into a wort sauna in no time, is winter ever going to end.
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Re: Your brewing area?

Postby HTH1975 » Tue Mar 20, 2018 01:48

I just use the kitchen and make sure the windows are open, or (in the winter) the extractor fan is on. Works for me.

I do the same at work - windows open :D

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Postby MrBoy » Tue Mar 20, 2018 02:25

I think for me a dedicated wash area could save pain... Big low sink with those fancy hospital taps.

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Postby INDIAPALEALE » Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:15

I am very fortunate that space is no problem. This is one corner of my brewery that is in total five metres by eight metres.

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Postby Steviebobs1983 » Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:23

INDIAPALEALE wrote:I am very fortunate that space is no problem. This is one corner of my brewery that is in total five metres by eight metres.

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Now that's just showing off!!!

Bunch of poor sods talking about being exiled to the garage/shed/patio and you go and lob that out...

I'm extremely jealous.

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Postby Rolfster » Tue Mar 20, 2018 15:30

I brew in the kitchen, but only when I'm home alone, which means I brew infrequently!
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Postby INDIAPALEALE » Tue Mar 20, 2018 17:35

Steviebobs1983 wrote:
INDIAPALEALE wrote:I am very fortunate that space is no problem. This is one corner of my brewery that is in total five metres by eight metres.

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Now that's just showing off!!!

Bunch of poor sods talking about being exiled to the garage/shed/patio and you go and lob that out...

I'm extremely jealous.

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Postby BarnsleyBrewer » Tue Mar 20, 2018 20:58

Cracking place you've got in France..... :thumb:

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Postby Monte Cristo » Wed Mar 21, 2018 00:35

Made the mistake of brewing in the kitchen, had water dripping off the ceiling and running down the walls even with the extractor on full gallop. The garage for me now, roller door and side door slightly open to clear the fog. :hat:

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Postby Pakman » Wed Mar 21, 2018 22:43

Boiling happens outside for me as well - luckily (many years ago when I was an evil smoker ;^) I built a tri-wall roof over our patio so I didn't have to get wet when I went outside for a gasp (never indoors) so that is now my brewing area for brew day. Everything else is done in my office converted from the smallest bedroom.
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Re: Your brewing area?

Postby Bad 'Ed » Wed Mar 21, 2018 23:54

I've always brewed in the kitchen, but we've only ever had crappy burners on the cooker. The last year I've been doing up the kitchen, which means no brewing, but now we've got a posh cooker with a big burner.

I am a bit worried about what the additional steam will do to our new kitchen, but to be honest, I'm more interested in seeing what a really good boil does to my suite of regular beers. People always say that a good boil and good fermentation are what make a good beer....

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Re: Your brewing area?

Postby BigYin » Sun Apr 15, 2018 17:54

BrewShed for me :D

When I started brewing initially it was always in the utility room, with the back door wide open, but the condensation meant the walls got a free clean every time...

Now I have a nice big shed which is 90% given over to brewing, and 10% still acts as storage for some garden tools.

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I also managed to acquire a nice big fridge that became my brewing fridge, controlled by an raspberry pi running BrewPi and fitted with a blow off tube to avoid any liquid reaching the heater..

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Re: Your brewing area?

Postby jonnymorris » Sun May 06, 2018 10:48

I brew in the kitchen. Extractor fan deals with the steam.

I have considered making a more permanent installation in my self-built summer house but getting water and sufficient power out there has put me off. That and the hamsters who live in it probably wouldn't be too impressed.

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