Indeed, I'd like to thank everyone who bought the book from me! (Actually the biggest purchase that was responsible for was my 26 gallon brew pot). Now I've just got to convince someone else to let me write another. I know, maybe Denny and I can write one.. "The Hippie and The Nerd's Guide to Cheap Ass Experimental Brewing" - the real trick is which is which?
House is about 1240 sq. ft. There's an additional 300 sq. ft in the garage (*cough* brewery), 300 sq ft in the guest house and 140 in the cellar.
Turns out, I've rented 2 houses here in CA, about to own one and all 3 have had cellars. Of course, all 3 were built before 1930. (1922, for the current one I'm moving out of; 1925 for the "owned" one; 1929 for the first one I rented from the jackass who got foreclosed on *grr*). I think that was a combination of "root cellar", midwesterners, post and piling style of foundations and a general lack of regard for the severity of earthquakes. I think cellars went bye bye in the 30's and the population boom.
Aside from building a new dog proof gate across the driveway I'm already thinking of various things that need doing - tree planting to improve privacy and get some morning shade on the house (the front faces east). I want to install a whole house fan, a new floor in the guest house, etc, etc, etc... sigh.
The mortgage killer brew is about 60lbs of Maris Otter, 1/2 lb of roasted malt, 9 lbs of sugar for about 11 gallons.