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Call for Ideas - Organization
« on: October 11, 2010, 11:00:17 AM »
Ok, so we started a thread a while back about this topic, but there's work to be done.

I went on the Sunday Session last night to talk with the crew there and get the word out to that segment of the world, but what I'm looking for is help in making things organized in the brewhouse.

You know the sort of thing I'm talking about - how do you store stuff in an organized fashion, how do you make your brew house presentable to folks who may or may not be afraid of some clutter? What spiffy thing did you discover that makes the brew day easier to run?

Pictures are great and as always - any ideas and photos that you can offer may end up in Zymurgy and out to everyone in the homebrewing world!
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Re: Call for Ideas - Organization
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2010, 11:06:46 AM »
Lots of hooks on the wall to hang things.

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Re: Call for Ideas - Organization
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2010, 11:52:08 AM »
The very first thing to do is develop a process flow chart. Which should encompass every operation in the process.  The brewery should flow from the first operation (grain storage) all the way through to the end (bottling and storage). The process should be effective and efficient.

After the flow chart has been developed, the design should be conceptually tested. Start by staging process checkpoints and troubleshooting the design (any missing elements?).  Limitations should be addressed. (plumbing, electric, etc...)

A home brewery, like mine for example, is almost always limited by space.  :(

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Re: Call for Ideas - Organization
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2010, 12:16:42 PM »
How soon do you need pics, Drew.  I'm out of town this week but I could get you some over the weekend if that's not too late.
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Re: Call for Ideas - Organization
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2010, 12:37:28 PM »
Need photos within a month, so there's plenty of time.

Definitely need the ideas so I can start sorting, arranging, organizing and placing of my stuff in the new locale.
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Re: Call for Ideas - Organization
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2010, 04:49:37 PM »
This is more small picture type stuff, but I've found that a fishing tackle box is a great way to organize and store keg parts, water salts, pH strips, whirlfloc tablets, etc. Having everything organized and in one place has definitely made my brewdays easier.


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Re: Call for Ideas - Organization
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2010, 04:50:53 PM »
Just make a massive Rube Goldberg that brews!!!

I agree with the many hooks. But if space is limited nothing wrong with having the brew
area be the hub and have all the tools, materials and equipment be the spokes. As long as everything
has its place and you always return it...

+1 on the toolbox/tackle box. I have a cheap stanley toolbox for my brewing...
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Re: Call for Ideas - Organization
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2010, 07:19:42 PM »
Totally do-it-yourself organized.  8)

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Re: Call for Ideas - Organization
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2010, 07:52:05 PM »
In my experience, I find hooks aren't that great when I want to sanitize tubing as it is often too close to the wall and the tubing invariably tends to "bump" the unsanitized wall.  If I'm just cleaning up and putting away (not sanitizing), then hooks or over open doors or on door knobs works just fine for me.

(remember, bleach takes 20 minutes contact time, Iodophor takes 2 minutes contact time, and StarSan requires 30 seconds contact time, but the foam takes forever to drip off, it seems). 

If indoors, I hang my sanitized hoses over the shower curtain rod.  Drips go into (or close to) the tub.  Less domestic strife.

Outdoors is a little tougher--I use a porchlight fixture to accomplish the task.

I use the "WorkForce" plastic toolbox and "Stanley" organizer boxes to keep all my assorted brew salt additions, whirlfloc, and such organized.

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Re: Call for Ideas - Organization
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2010, 12:50:24 PM »
I built a box that fits under the main structure of my 3-tier.  This allowed me to fit all of my kettles, chiller, etc. right with the brewing system and a bag of charcoal or two.  There is a picture where you can see part of it here (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=1036.0).  This isn't really a magic pill, and I still have to clean everything and get it into its place, but it keeps it out of my wife's view to a certain extent. 
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