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Pat Babcock (
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 07:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well, as the yahoos putting the addition on the house near completion, I'm getting the supreme itch to brew up something magnificent!

As a bitterwseet benefit of the water damage in the garage, I've had to remove the brew system from its Eternal Resting Place™. I recall bemoaning the inability to hose down the system after a brew - and panicking over boilovers - due to all the surrounding stuff on the garage floor, and am contemplating building a basin and surround for the beast.

Here are my thoughts:

  • Create a cement "curb" around the base of the rack.
  • Bore a hole through the sill plate for a drain off the back of the basin into the basement plumbing.
  • Build a half-wall at the free-standing end of the rack.
  • Cover all facing walls with ceramic tile.

I would need a tile that could withstand the heat of the boil kettle, though I do plan to continue using the sheetmetal shields I had made for this.

Of course, all of this depends on how much scrap is left over from the contractors. As you might imagine, through the rigors of enduring this construction, the new baby, and having been an absentee (due to work and school, mind you) for many a year, the Beer Bullet™ supply has scraped bottom. No money for brew toys for the foreseeable future.

Thoughts? Has anyone else put anything like this together in their brewery? Any experiences/pictures to be shared on it?

(Of course, building one of those "brewing sculpture" type racks is a tempting thought, too. Maybe I should wait...)

Rob F (
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 07:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't know how you held off this long. With all the brewing geekery you oversee here and in the HBD, you've shown amazing restraint. Time to dive back in. Let the creative juices flow. I don't imagine any of the tile would see direct flame, so any ceramic tile should suffice. The force is strong. As I swear to keep it simple, I find myself thinking about pumps and PIDs.

Bill Pierce (
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 11:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The "dike" around the brewing area is an excellent idea; quite a few commercial breweries do this so they can hose down the floor and flush everything into a floor drain. Ceramic tile is nice but a little pricey. I might reserve it for a splash guard extending about 30 inches above the floor. As for the floor itself, I would use ordinary troweled concrete and a waterproof sealer. You might have to seal it again after a few years, but that's not terribly hard to do.

a d thorp (
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 11:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

hi there
when you posted that you hadn't had time to brew since 2000, i couldn't believe it . you do oversee a web site for some of the most brew crazy people in the world, so please take an afternoon and BREW SOME BEER.
as to the "sink" arount the brew system, what a great idea. any ceramic tile will take the heat from your burners but i think the large floor tiles are about the same price and would require fewer.

don price (
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 12:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Seal/waterproof the wall. Think cheap fast and smooth. Stainless steel sheeting meets two of these criteria.

Mount uni-strut or similar industrial type shelf hanging stuff to wall. Add wire shelves and brew stuff. Think about storage and brewing without really moving anything.

Do the curb and drain thing. Tile is sweet but epoxy type paint gets it done. Done.

Now you have a brwery hanging on the wall that you can wash down. No legs in the way.


Dave Witt (
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 01:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My buddy's basement (where we brew) has a sunken "sink" about 3-4" deep in the floor, with a drain in the center. While we don't have the brewery set up in there, that is where we do all the washing up. Great way to contain a mess.

Pat Babcock (
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 03:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Great ideas all. I like the epoxy paint idea (though the stainless sheeting appeals - just as shiny objects fascinate a chimanpzee...). Too late on the hanging brewery, though. Built my rack, mmm, in 1998, I think. Only used it a few times, too. Shameful, shameful! The idea isn't out of line, though, if I'm serious about redesigning the brewery.

Per the admin thing, well, that's pretty much what gets in the way - on top of family, career, and my charitable organizations, little time for much else. I do have several VERY GOOD friends who try to keep me in homebrew, so it's not like I don't have any decent beer

Belly Buster Bob (
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 04:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I understand that you can waterproof drywall by rubbing it down with chutney.

I kill me....I've had such a long day.

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