Just to keep everything in perspective, once you really start rolling an operating brewery, $34 thousand becomes a mundane amount of money (not saying the above mention post is opening with that or anything, just putting everything in perspective). We pay about that much a month just in bills. I know every homebrewer who ever cooked a batch thinks at some point in time about opening a brewery but few think about the capital really needed to open one, let alone operate one in reality. It's a business first and foremost and the profit margins are very slim and the cost to get off the ground on any reasonable amount of volume output are high. If I was to start over again and not be silly like I was whenI started I wouldn't dream of starting with less that $400,000. We are officially pumping out 30 bbl batches (back to back on a 15 bbl brew house) and we are still so tiny it is almost cute.... I just moved my 7 bbl fermentors out of the wet area last week (by myself, without a pallet jack or forklift, lol) and they are so silly and cute I thought about putting them in my pocket and taking them home and letting my kids take them to school for show and tell.
We opened on a total of 80K and nearly all of that went into the facility, we didn't spend hardly anything on brewing equipment. SO I'm not saying you can't go bare bones but expect to look and feel silly when you really start any type of output. At 1-3 bbl output you are barely producing enough beer to pay the lease on your building let alone pay yourself and you will never put money away to buy more equipment. The best you can hope for is build a reputation and get investors or prove the concept that you can stay aflot long enough to get a significant loan.
So if you are going to dream, dream really big and get some damn real money and don't think of starting of with anything smaller than a 10 bbl brew house if you really want to make it for real. $34K is a good start, but it ain't nothin', really.