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Title: Organizing Brewing Equipment
Post by: MrDonde on October 19, 2016, 04:04:00 PM
Morning,

As I have gotten more and more equipment for my home brewing I have moved from the kitchen to the garage. In doing this my garage has become extremely cluttered with keggles, buckets, secondaries, keezers, tubes, etc all over the place.

I was wondering if anyone has some good tips, guides, tutorials, or informative sites about organizing a garage home brew setup? I am just looking to get as much stuff off the floor and utilize the space in my garage more effectively.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
Post by: Stevie on October 19, 2016, 04:18:14 PM
Shelves, lots of shelves. Adjustable options are good as you work to find what works best for you.
Title: Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
Post by: metron-brewer on October 19, 2016, 04:26:54 PM
Shelves on wheels.
Title: Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
Post by: dls5492 on October 19, 2016, 05:06:46 PM
I brew in my garage. But, I store my equipment in my basement. I have 2 portables shelves and a pallet. I usually move what I need to the garage the night before. Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
Post by: Brutal Eric on October 19, 2016, 06:19:53 PM
I use a rolling cart for the brewing day equipment. And a shelf for the rest. Tubs etc.
Title: Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
Post by: MrDonde on October 19, 2016, 06:23:38 PM
Thanks for the tips thus far.

I don't have a basement so everything stays in the garage. I guess to need to look into some shelves :D

Also I like the rolling cart idea just to be able to move stuff around.
Title: Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
Post by: brewinhard on October 19, 2016, 06:35:53 PM
Thanks for the tips thus far.

I don't have a basement so everything stays in the garage. I guess to need to look into some shelves :D

Also I like the rolling cart idea just to be able to move stuff around.

About one year ago I finally bit the bullet and purchases some nice stainless steel wire racks (like in a fancy commercial kitchen). Couldn't be happier as I am in the same garage boat as you. I also hang my tubing on nails on the walls so it can properly drain and dry.
Title: Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
Post by: Slowbrew on October 19, 2016, 07:32:56 PM
All my equipment is in the basement but I have a walkout so the move out on brew day is pretty easy.

I have Gorilla shelves and they can't be beat for strength and stability.  They are not mobile though.  When you put them in place, they don't move.

I use plastic storage containers with lids to keep the dust under control.  All the little parts that fit are in a closed box. 

I'm still trying to figure out grain storage.  If I was in a garage I would definitely be using air tight containers to keep the furry critters our of it.

I also built a keg cabinet on an inside, underground wall that stays a constant temp.  Probably not an option with no basement.

Paul
Title: Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
Post by: MrDonde on October 19, 2016, 08:10:51 PM
All my equipment is in the basement but I have a walkout so the move out on brew day is pretty easy.

I have Gorilla shelves and they can't be beat for strength and stability.  They are not mobile though.  When you put them in place, they don't move.

I use plastic storage containers with lids to keep the dust under control.  All the little parts that fit are in a closed box. 

I'm still trying to figure out grain storage.  If I was in a garage I would definitely be using air tight containers to keep the furry critters our of it.

I also built a keg cabinet on an inside, underground wall that stays a constant temp.  Probably not an option with no basement.

Paul

Wow super jealous from the sounds of your basement setup.  ;D

Currently grain storage is not an issue since I keep what few I have in our kitchen pantry. Just looking to get keggles, jugs, buckets, hoses, and everything out of the way when not brewing.
Title: Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
Post by: Joe Sr. on October 19, 2016, 10:15:49 PM
I have stuff everywhere in my basement. It's a bit out of control. Kegs and fermenters are scattered about. Most smaller things are in boxes and on shelves. I keep bottle caps and other items of that size are in old cigar boxes with labels. Washers or kegs and other spare parts are in a tool box.


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Title: Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
Post by: natebrews on October 19, 2016, 10:36:18 PM
I hang lots of stuff.  My stuff is in the basement, and I don't move outside to brew so things don't have to be mobile, and I have the brewing stuff on shelves or hooks beside the brewstand.  The carboys and stuff are on shelves and then there are a couple boxes of random stuff which sit on a shelf but are really just the minimum mess I seem to be able to make. 

The kegerator is next to the shelving with another pegboard and a shelf above that to hang all the kegging/dispensing/bottling doodads on.  And a paper towel holder, probably the #1 addition to that area.
Title: Re: Organizing Brewing Equipment
Post by: Phil_M on October 20, 2016, 03:13:53 AM
I use those standard adjustable wire shelves. I store grains in 60 lb Vittles Vaults:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002H3S5U/ref=twister_B00BXX62V4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

Basically the bottom shelf holds three of those up off the floor, so I can easily vacuum up spills. Then I've got tubs of parts/minerals/etc on the next shelf up. Kettles and my cooler go on the top shelf.