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Title: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on November 07, 2009, 02:46:10 AM
I built/remodeled  this from a standard 22'x14' shed, when I started , it had a bunch of old lawnmowers and some old rusty tools in it , after explaining to my wife this would be a good idea, she reluctantly OK'd the project.
I started July 2008, and finished May 2009 , it was a busy winter , but I did all the work solo  ;D

Some of the features include :

2 sinks
4 refrigerators
Hot and Cold filtered Water supply
Heat- A/C
Cable TV, Internet
Mug Club  ( 24 members )
4 Taps

I call this the " HammerSmith Brewery and Alehouse " , I am a big fan of british style beer ...enjoy

This is the PUB- (right side of the shed )

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000273-1.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000274-1.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000277.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000600.jpg)

The Brewery , fermentation, and workspace (left side of the shed )

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000285.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000279.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000280.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000281.jpg)

My brutus style system- The Savant System 1400  

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000607.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000603.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000604.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000602.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000619.jpg)

outside at night, humble beginings

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P4020763-1.jpg)
(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000291.jpg)
(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000294-1.jpg)


Thanks for looking !


Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: pdbreen on November 07, 2009, 03:00:54 AM
Only 4 taps?  Slacker...

Seriously - that's some awesome beer pron!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: tomthebrewer on November 07, 2009, 03:58:13 AM
Very nice! I remember seeing that on another forum and you saying that it was 5 minutes from your house. Is that still the case? I understand the appeal of escaping home for a beer, but it sure would be nice to have that in the backyard!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: pdbreen on November 07, 2009, 04:02:44 AM
Very nice! I remember seeing that on another forum and you saying that it was 5 minutes from your house. Is that still the case? I understand the appeal of escaping home for a beer, but it sure would be nice to have that in the backyard!

Don't know about the OP, but where I live 5 minutes from the house is still the backyard!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: BrewArk on November 07, 2009, 05:05:46 AM
I'm green!  Looks like all you need now is a topless waitress. :o
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: smurfe on November 07, 2009, 07:23:24 AM
Absolutely fantastic and some inspiration for me. I have a similar project going here. I am enclosing my 15x30 pool pavilion. The wife wants the stuff out of the house. I am not going to put a pub area in though. Once I get all the stuff out of the house we will have the pub in the house as I have taken over our patio room and wet bar area with carboys fermenting, supplies, grain and other misc. stuff. It will be climate controlled and will have an 8x10 walk in cold storage/lagering room. I don't have a pic of the work in progress on this computer but here is an older pic of the building I have enclosed and am working on.


(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v240/smurfe/family%20pics/DSC00046.jpg)
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: dean on November 07, 2009, 01:13:59 PM
Wow!  Nice Job!   8)   I'm building a brew shed also.  Just put the floor joists down and a little subfloor decking at this point.  It will be 10x20 overall with 10x15 dedicated to making beer.    :)

Oh yeh, this is my first post on here, wandered over from the NB forum... aka dnb. 
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: dbeechum on November 07, 2009, 05:50:07 PM
Sweet baby jesus... I wish I owned my garage, I'd totally get my mechanically talented friends to teach me how to do that!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: bluesman on November 07, 2009, 07:01:28 PM
That has got to be the most awesome brew cave I have ever seen.  :o

You get the medal for that one.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: intrinsic on November 08, 2009, 12:53:15 AM
That is a work of art! Totally awesome. Your wife is going to regret letting you build that. She is never going to see you any more  ;D
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: drf255 on November 08, 2009, 11:34:22 AM
I guess it has an "outside" bathroom? ::)  Beautiful and well done.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: fightdman on November 08, 2009, 10:36:18 PM
 :o I am in love!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: valorian on November 11, 2009, 02:08:15 PM
WOW :o
Who needs a house when you have this?
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: lupy on November 11, 2009, 11:38:22 PM
That is truly awesome.
I'd be happy being in the mug club.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: jackfromjax on November 12, 2009, 12:47:32 AM
Is that Heaven, Nirvana or Shangri La....I can't decide  ::)
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on November 12, 2009, 09:25:28 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments everyone :) Feel free to ask any questions.... with limited space, I spent alot of time measuring equipment and the layout of the floor plan.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: slimsparty on November 12, 2009, 03:16:42 PM
I'm awestruck.

Next time I need leverage with SWMBO, I will show her your digs.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: dimik on November 13, 2009, 02:12:51 PM
I am in awe!
Truly amazing, just incredible!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: ndcube on November 13, 2009, 04:02:14 PM
Wow!  How much time do you have into that?
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on November 13, 2009, 04:15:39 PM
Wow!  How much time do you have into that?

I started on the shed in Oct 2008 and finished in April 2009 , not too bad , but lot's of long winter nights ...
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: jonhowell on November 13, 2009, 07:39:54 PM
I thought that I had a pretty good setup, until I saw yours. Someday.....
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: Steverino on November 14, 2009, 06:57:17 PM
Wow! You put the rest of us to shame. That's just beautiful, brother.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on November 24, 2009, 06:02:20 PM
Thanks for all the nice remarks, here' a couple more photo's :

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000598.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000607.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000624.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000629.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000309.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/P1000311.jpg)
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: blatz on November 24, 2009, 07:58:09 PM
do you ever go in the regular house? 

good God, man, now I have something to show my wife to prove I'm not crazy!

AWESOME!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: dean on November 26, 2009, 03:32:04 AM
do you ever go in the regular house? 

good God, man, now I have something to show my wife to prove I'm not crazy!

AWESOME!

 ;D ;D ;)
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: slimsparty on November 26, 2009, 05:09:19 AM
OK at the risk of being picky...do you have a urinal in there?
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: dhacker on November 26, 2009, 01:57:52 PM
That is a work of art! Totally awesome. Your wife is going to regret letting you build that. She is never going to see you any more  ;D

Maybe that was her plan!  :D


That is one of the classiest, tastefully decorated caves I've seen. I too have an affinity for the English look and built my game room in the style of an English pub. Not quite as ornate, but I have billiards and foosball (oh, and a dart board too)!  ;) 
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: blatz on November 26, 2009, 04:30:20 PM
OK at the risk of being picky...do you have a urinal in there?

sounds like he has enough land to have plenty of nature's urinals around...
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on November 26, 2009, 09:26:14 PM
OK at the risk of being picky...do you have a urinal in there?

sounds like he has enough land to have plenty of nature's urinals around...
Is not it part of "Boys" game?
This tree is mine!!!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: weazletoe on November 29, 2009, 05:30:40 AM
Love the old stereo you have in there! For all the Dolby and what not today, nothing still sounds as good as an old tube! I used to repair electronics,  and it is scary what kind of coin guys will put into their old 1970's receivers. They just sound so good. 
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on November 29, 2009, 08:30:35 PM
That's the near apex of Japanese audio engineering,
1979 Pioneer SX 980, it's all soild state ,
but 41 pounds and 80watts RMS goodness.





(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/sxx980vk6.jpg)
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: snowtiger87 on December 30, 2009, 10:22:14 PM
Did you fabricate the ventilation hood or buy it? I am putting my brewery in the basement and will need to get one.

If you bought it what was the price range?

Aweome shack. Where do you live?
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on January 01, 2010, 04:47:20 PM
I had a large HVAC company make it to my specs and they TIG welded the seems , it was about $ 700 if I remember correctly .

I live in Eastern PA ..

Cheers  8)
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: budweiser on January 02, 2010, 09:20:28 PM
my word man!

that very cool...someday...someday...wow...just wow...im stuck for words
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mikeypedersen on January 07, 2010, 09:00:29 PM
Wow.  This is probably the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life!  Congrats on a job well done!!!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on January 08, 2010, 11:16:27 AM
Thanks all , took a huge effort but well worth it .

As a side, my brewery was picked up in Cardiff Wales, UK .  Here's a cool site for those wanting more inspiration , our neighbors in the UK have a very health admiration for "Sheddies " , here's mine and others ...enjoy

http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=2911
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: Beertracker on January 09, 2010, 05:14:25 PM
Wow! Now that is a Mancave. Great job!   :o
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: HIJINX on January 22, 2010, 04:06:28 PM
Hey Amigo... I am still waiting for my invite.  ;D
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mikeypedersen on January 22, 2010, 04:11:02 PM
Thanks all , took a huge effort but well worth it .

As a side, my brewery was picked up in Cardiff Wales, UK .  Here's a cool site for those wanting more inspiration , our neighbors in the UK have a very health admiration for "Sheddies " , here's mine and others ...enjoy

http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=2911

Wow!  Who knew there were so many cool shed out there?
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: HIJINX on January 22, 2010, 05:30:30 PM
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http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=2911

Chris... The wife is going to mad that you shared that link with me.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: capozzoli on January 30, 2010, 11:51:26 PM
Eastern PA?

Are you ever open for brewery tours?
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: darkerpower on February 09, 2010, 07:53:53 PM
Is beergasm a word? 

Do you need a friend to shedsit when you go out of town? 

Ever consider adopting a 24 year old?  College is already finished and paid for. 
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: stout_fan on February 11, 2010, 07:56:20 PM
And my friends say I'm crazy.
Excellent job, wait one minute...
you're missing something:
A floor drain!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on February 12, 2010, 05:10:51 PM
And my friends say I'm crazy.
Excellent job, wait one minute...
you're missing something:
A floor drain!


Sorry Mate ,.......I gots 2 floor drains ....the best idea in the whole shed !
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: bluesman on February 12, 2010, 05:58:21 PM
And my friends say I'm crazy.
Excellent job, wait one minute...
you're missing something:
A floor drain!


Sorry Mate ,.......I gots 2 floor drains ....the best idea in the whole shed !

A must have for any brewery shed.  ;D
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: ndcube on February 12, 2010, 06:33:41 PM
+1 My brewing area is right next to the floor drain.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mybrewshop on February 18, 2010, 10:36:21 PM
We should call this, "Pimp my tool shed".  Drool, Drool.  The green eyed monster has me!  A couple of things to add are, 1.) 50 flat screen, size does matter, and 2.) a deep fryer for the chicken wings! ;D
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on April 21, 2010, 01:43:26 PM
I just put together a slideshow from my blog , thought I would share this , a larger look at the three sheds on this property.


http://www.slide.com/r/DzbUAOLm6D8Cmri1EAPV7Px-OQRR69ND?previous_view=TICKER&previous_action=TICKER_ITEM_CLICK&ciid=2738188573960234835

Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: bluesman on April 21, 2010, 04:22:55 PM
I just put together a slideshow from my blog , thought I would share this , a larger look at the three sheds on this property.


http://www.slide.com/r/DzbUAOLm6D8Cmri1EAPV7Px-OQRR69ND?previous_view=TICKER&previous_action=TICKER_ITEM_CLICK&ciid=2738188573960234835



Awesome!

I'm almost afraid to ask how much you have invested in the Alehouse alone.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on April 21, 2010, 10:28:54 PM
Thank you !

Believe it or not , in the Brewshed , I literally built everything myself . the bar , the dartboard case, the cabinetry, the Irish Coffin box ..etc . The brew system I built 3 years ago , the commercial ref. I bought for $80 , the commercial sink for $110 , there are lots of donations from friends , 2 sets of barstools  laptop, Indian , TV , even the A/C etc .  the hard costs ( wiring, drywall , paint, hot water heater ) , I think those costs where about $3,500 , really not too bad for a great place to hang out and brew , the cottage ,nothing but paint and some hard work .
The only thing that cost me (and my family) was time, but I refused any help on the project , I wanted to do everything myself ( thus the many donations) , people felt sorry for me I guess , but I work better alone and without distraction ...I post this for other brewers hoping to spur some inspiration , take a little bit from everyone and then make your own ideas come to life .
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on June 12, 2010, 01:28:41 AM
Ok, the shamless plug and bump for the shed and my film , at least Drew is mentioned  , but what happen to Denny ?

Today's Forbes Magazine :

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/0628/life-beer-homebrew-bowen-allsopps-artic-extreme-brewing.html

vid here:

http://video.forbes.com/fvn/forbeslife/americas-coolest-home-brewery
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: tygo on June 12, 2010, 03:14:41 AM
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Drew Beechum, a computer programmer in Pasadena, Calif., says he's spent $25,000 jetting across the globe, snatching up yeast strains like a butterfly collector from British taps, Belgian Trappist monasteries and Bavarian beer halls.

I hope those made some damn good beers Drew  :D
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: brewnickbrew on July 03, 2010, 08:06:04 AM
mrbowenz,
I've had long conversations with my wife regarding your brew shed.
I may have her convinced to let me move all the items from my shed into the garage and move the brew stuff out there.
 - I think she is just trying to get rid of me   ;D

Very nice by the way.

-Nick

Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on July 03, 2010, 09:20:20 AM
Yup, she is trying to get rid of you  ;D

Having a dedicated space for brewing makes the job much easier, I wish you the very best for your plans. Once completed, post some pictures so we can all enjoy and become inspired!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: beerocd on July 03, 2010, 01:17:16 PM
"discussing a series that would follow him as he hunts down and brews old recipes in historic locations."

So you'd be like the Anthony Bourdain of beer then? Or if you get into stuff like Chicha then you'd be like Andrew Zimmern.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: blatz on July 14, 2010, 08:56:11 PM
mbowenz - is that propane or natural gas plumbed or is it electric?
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on July 15, 2010, 12:11:19 AM
mbowenz - is that propane or natural gas plumbed or is it electric?


It's propane-fired, with the dreaded 23 tip burners ... ;D
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: hopaddicted on July 25, 2010, 08:02:17 PM
Where did you pick up all of the fittings? I noticed those when my brother gave me a tour of the commercial brewery he works at. Quick, simple, and easy to clean.

Sweet joint! I don't have land yet, but starting the brew system while i shop.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: Steve on August 31, 2010, 04:24:20 PM
This is a great place man.  Excellent work, but after all of the ooh's and ah's for your project I have some practical questions for you.
  . 
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on August 31, 2010, 05:10:44 PM
This is a great place man.  Excellent work, but after all of the ooh's and ah's for your project I have some practical questions for you.
  • What kind of property tax do you pay on this since this isn't really a tool shed anymore?
  • How much does it cost to heat and cool now that you've been in there a year+
  • Do use propane for heat, "domestic" hot water and brewing?
  • How do you get your water to the brewery for cleaning and liquor for brewing and dispose of it later?
  • Are you near a street where services are delivered?
  • What do you do for living? dentist, plumber, lawyer? I doubt you're a doctor, cause you had time to do this!
  . 


Hi Steve,

Here are the answers to your questions:

What kind of property tax do you pay on this since this isn't really a tool shed anymore?
 I haven't had a new re-assesment in two years, it's just under 1 acre, and basically a cottage of 700 Sqft....my total taxes are just under $900 for the year.

How much does it cost to heat and cool now that you've been in there a year?
Everything is electric , in the winter I supplemented with a Kerosene heater ,  the electric runs about $120 per month on a budget set up by the utility company.

Do use propane for heat, "domestic" hot water and brewing?
Domestic HW's are electric, I have a 40 gallon HW heater in the brewery and a 25 gallon in the cottage, I use propane for any brewing operations, and DHW for cleaning only.

How do you get your water to the brewery for cleaning and liquor for brewing and dispose of it later?
I am hooked into our local city water system, a pipe and shut-off valve stub into the shed, where it then passes through a two stage filter system, first removing clorine, and second removing sediment and general filtering. For brewing water I have both an RO systm and a tripple stage .05 micron filter by Hoshizaki, the brewing water is built from there. Disposal goes into our septic tank on site.

Are you near a street where services are delivered?
I only have electric, cable TV and City water provided, the brewery is located about 200 feet from the road and downhill, so I have fantastic water pressure.

What do you do for living? dentist, plumber, lawyer? I doubt you're a doctor, cause you had time to do this.
I have been a financial planner for 18 years and own a company with my sister in Denver Co., I am passionate about beer and beer history, but I only sleep a few hours  at a time, I brew between 4AM and 9AM on Saturdays and sometimes on Thursday nights till late. I work full-time and have three children and a very supportive wife. I am by no means wealthy or have a lot of extra money, I build almost everything by hand and search out deals and bargains at every opportunity. I am fortunate to have firends who have donated many items along the way.... and much of the items in the brewery I already had or collected over the years.

Thanks for asking good questions !
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: Steve on September 17, 2010, 06:20:59 PM
Thanks so much for your answers and candor.  I have a neighbor with a tool shed just a bit shorter in length than your's that's dying for a renovation, but I don't have the heart to tell him I'm taking his shed away from him and leaving the garden equipment.
Thanks again
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: 1vertical on October 15, 2010, 05:49:54 AM
That is a work of art! Totally awesome. Your wife is going to regret letting you build that. She is never going to see you any more  ;D
Wes, it is difficult to see if that really is you through all those brilliant headlights....
Glad you are here....
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: Hydro on December 02, 2010, 10:55:10 PM
That is a great layout.  

Looking for a place to squeez in a small cooktop / oven combo.  

I love to cook and feed my fat face once in a while also.

Is it there, or am I over looking it?
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: James Lorden on December 03, 2010, 06:28:03 PM
 I think it stinks, a slap in the face to the home brewing community.  I would never build (or should I say try to learn how to build) such a monstrosity in my backyard.  I for one prefer yelling at the clouds to stave off rain during an overcast brew day and drinking from cobra taps in my unfinished garage... THAT MY FRIEND IS HOMEBREWING!

(did that sound at all convincing)
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: Hydro on December 03, 2010, 08:52:44 PM
What have you done to protect the wall from the heat being emitted by the burners during the brew process?   It looks like the brewing station is backed up vary close to the wall.  I can see SS, could you please explain.  Have you installed a fire break or barrier on the other side of the SS?   I am in the process of planning a brewing area in my basement.  Any advise and comments you have in regard for safety would be considered and appreciated.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on December 05, 2010, 06:20:55 PM
The SS treatment is actually not stainless steel at all , but a very thin flashing material from a local hardware store, I used an industrial mastic to apply, but it is a .30 gauge aluminum, why ? it's cheap , washes easily with soap and water, and is hardly different from the look of stainless, extremely easy to cut, shape and apply. The range hood is SS, but side by side with the aluminum they look the same, so a seamless match at a fraction of the price. I believe I paid around $ 30 dollars for a roll of 16"x30' , one roll was enough to cover the whole wall behind the brewing system, any seems I used aluminum flat stock, which is also cheap.

The brewery is pushed against the wall normally , but I bring it at least 2 feet from the wall for a brewing session, so no danger of excessive heat to the structure while brewing, my hood design( by depth) allows for this movement, another reason to spend time laying out your thoughts on paper first before building such a compact space.

@ James, I like to brew outside in the elements too !  ;D

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/community/pimp-my-system/show?title=chris-bowens-arctic-brewery

@ Robert , I have no provisions to cook inside my brewery ( food anyway) , outside I have a grill , fire pit , and deep fryer , but also a cottage with a full kitchen within 20 feet of the shed , so I had no need to add additional cooking facilities. I do have a dishwasher under the bar, not sure if you can see it from the pictures or not, this is most helpful for glasses.

Hope this info helps !
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: Hydro on December 05, 2010, 07:07:18 PM
Hope this info helps !

Hi Chris,
Thanks for your response. 
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on January 04, 2011, 02:01:07 PM
I was asked to post a few more of my brewing system, so here are some additional shots :

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/Brewshed2010098.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/Brewshed2010129-1.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/Brewshed2010141.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/Brewshed2010133.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/Brewshed2010104.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/Brewshed2010134-1.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/Brewshed2010132.jpg)

(http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i226/mrbowenz/S5000711-1.jpg)

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Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: oscarvan on January 04, 2011, 04:32:58 PM
The above can be labeled only one way: Beer Porn....very, very nice.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: jeffy on January 04, 2011, 08:08:18 PM
Very nice.
Are the copper bands there to keep the kettles in place?
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on January 04, 2011, 11:44:25 PM
Very nice.
Are the copper bands there to keep the kettles in place?

Just decorations from a friend who is a machinist, he had some 1/4" stock laying around , he rolled and engraved them.

Another aspect is the boil kettle is in the center position, opposed to many that have the BK on the right, this allowed me to keep the control panel housed within the frame, this is a HERMS system, so only two burners( the 23 tip ones that everyone hates, and can't be controlled- ::))- sarcasm
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: capozzoli on January 05, 2011, 01:01:09 AM
Every time I see your pics I get the almost overwhelming urge to masturbate. Is there something wrong with me?
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on January 05, 2011, 01:43:35 AM
Every time I see your pics I get the almost overwhelming urge to masturbate. Is there something wrong with me?

Nope...go ahead   wrist one off    if you need to  ::)
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: bluesman on January 05, 2011, 02:29:45 AM
Very nice nano-brewery...very nice indeed. I'd love to see it in action.

I am in the final stages of building my single tier brewstand. I am hoping to have it up and running by the spring. I am using a RIMS. I started buying tri-clamp fittings and...MAN...they are expensive. Where did you buy for all of your SS fittings?
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: capozzoli on January 05, 2011, 02:49:00 AM
Looking at that set up I may need not just my wrist, but my elbow, shoulder maybe two hands and knees as well.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: oscarvan on January 05, 2011, 03:04:20 AM
Every time I see your pics I get the almost overwhelming urge to masturbate. Is there something wrong with me?

Yes there is. Fortunately the rest of us are normal so you're safe.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: euge on January 05, 2011, 05:06:49 AM
That could probably brew for a pub. How long does it take to do a batch? Beautiful. Bet it's responsive.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on January 05, 2011, 11:46:53 AM
That could probably brew for a pub. How long does it take to do a batch? Beautiful. Bet it's responsive.

I do have a pub on the other side of this shed, shots of that at the beginning of this post.

Start to finish- 5 hours to do a batch , I am nearing 250 batches on this system, so I have it dialed in pretty well.

The best part of it is clean-up and having everything you need close at hand ( no pun intended , capozzolli  :o).

2 items on my list for improvement in 2011 are :

1.) a pressurized keg washer system ( which I have been collecting parts for and have a really cool design lined up)

2.) a milling station that automatically weighs grains in the hopper
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: oscarvan on January 19, 2011, 05:53:42 AM
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2.) a milling station that automatically weighs grains in the hopper

Oh, that's sick..... in a beautiful kind of way..... 8)
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: maxieboy on January 19, 2011, 04:00:31 PM
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2.) a milling station that automatically weighs grains in the hopper

Oh, that's sick..... in a beautiful kind of way..... 8)

Be sure to let us know when yours is done... ;D
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: oscarvan on January 19, 2011, 06:09:37 PM
Actually, it's not that complicated.....put the mill and bucket on a scale.... Not sure though that gaining 7 seconds is a priority for me at this moment.......still working on draining the tun in under an hour..... ;D
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: kerneldustjacket on January 20, 2011, 12:33:25 AM
Wow!  How much time do you have into that?

I started on the shed in Oct 2008 and finished in April 2009 , not too bad , but lot's of long winter nights ...

And if I'm correct you took the pics soon after finishing it; looks like your TV is tuned in to The Masters.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: quest4watneys on January 22, 2011, 02:09:54 AM
Kind of off-topic but is that a capo on that strat sitting next to Line 6 as well? Not just any ole picker has that kind of hardware!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on January 23, 2011, 01:38:38 PM
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And if I'm correct you took the pics soon after finishing it; looks like your TV is tuned in to The Masters.

Yes KDJ, you are correct !
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on May 17, 2011, 01:57:31 AM
My shed is being featured in the New York Times later this week, and also nominated for "Shed of the Year " in Britain , check out the pictures and vote for the homebrewer if you can spare a minute !
http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=2911 (http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=2911)
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: bluesman on May 17, 2011, 02:11:58 AM
My shed is being featured in the New York Times later this week, and also nominated for "Shed of the Year " in Britain , check out the pictures and vote for the homebrewer if you can spare a minute !
http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=2911 (http://www.readersheds.co.uk/share.cfm?SHARESHED=2911)

Done!

Good Luck.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: euge on May 17, 2011, 05:36:15 AM
Done! Cheers!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mxstar21 on May 17, 2011, 05:54:40 AM
I only looked at the first page, but you must be a dork if you only have 24 friends in your mug club.   ;D  I am totally kidding, that is an awesome setup.  I can only dream of something that cool.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: tschmidlin on May 17, 2011, 06:12:03 AM
That's great and everything, but I voted for Shed 2112 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYSW73GWRUw)






Just kidding. ;)
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: Mark G on May 17, 2011, 02:36:22 PM
My vote has been cast. Good luck!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: weazletoe on May 17, 2011, 04:24:17 PM
Done, and done.  You do realize you are my inspiration for my mancave, right? No, seriously. You are. I little different decorating, but the same idea. I'm really stoked to home from Ohio, and get my addition on. I'm gonna give you a strong run in 2012!  ;D
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: brushvalleybrewer on May 18, 2011, 12:29:16 AM
You got my vote.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: Will's Swill on May 21, 2011, 05:25:41 AM
You got my vote!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: ibru on May 21, 2011, 02:53:33 PM
Done. I've checked your "shed thread" out several times. It's truly a work of art. Mine is still a "work in progress". The brewery is up and functional. I agree having everything close at hand makes brewing a lot less stressfull.

Congratulations!

Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: scooter2374 on June 19, 2011, 08:09:39 PM
That looks like brew-topia to me. I will probably spend the next 10 years getting my spot to look half that nice. My hats off to you and your handsome brewcave.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: rizomee on June 24, 2011, 04:21:03 AM
Amazing:) NASA wants their parts back!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: roguenationpatriot on August 14, 2011, 01:38:33 AM
Can I move in to the place, I promise I'll take real good care of it. ;D
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: pehlman on August 22, 2011, 11:22:16 PM
MAN CAVE!!!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: Caddywhompusbeer on September 03, 2011, 05:51:17 AM
Aaw, I really want to see it but photobucket shut the pics down for bandwidth I guess. Are they hosted anywhere else?
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: Caddywhompusbeer on September 05, 2011, 10:55:56 PM
 :o {goes into shock from over exposure to awesomeness}
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on September 12, 2011, 12:18:11 PM
Thanks for the kind words everyone !
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on December 04, 2011, 02:06:48 PM
Pleased to announce that my brewery shed was voted

"International Shed of the Year 2011"

http://www.shedworking.co.uk/2011/07/international-shed-of-year.html (http://www.shedworking.co.uk/2011/07/international-shed-of-year.html)

Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: denny on December 04, 2011, 02:25:15 PM
Congrats, Chris!  It's hard for me to call that a "shed"!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: bluesman on December 04, 2011, 04:56:45 PM
Well deserved.  :)

Congrats!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: jamminbrew on December 04, 2011, 05:18:57 PM
Excellent build! I am supremely jealous! Congratulations!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: tonyp on December 04, 2011, 05:29:14 PM
gratz!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: blatz on December 05, 2011, 09:56:14 PM
Awesome man!
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: mrbowenz on December 05, 2011, 11:19:23 PM
Thank you all , it looks like there are some new and exciting brewsheds in the works from other members too !
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: weazletoe on December 06, 2011, 05:08:31 AM
Thank you all , it looks like there are some new and exciting brewsheds in the works from other members too !

 Told ya man.....I'm gunning for you in 2012!  ;D
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: oscarvan on January 05, 2012, 11:58:46 PM
I hate you. I hate you because now I will have to create something that meets and exceeds....and dude, that will be a major task. But, I do have some ideas......... ;D 2016 is the year.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: petey on January 14, 2012, 08:11:42 PM
That thing is my inspiration!  Nicely done.
Title: Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
Post by: colin12 on March 06, 2014, 06:12:01 AM
you have inspired me sir... this is now my dream