Building R.Shea Brewing: Week 11, October 13-October 19, 2014

Floors are done!

I like weeks like this.  I finished up the floors…finally.  I gave them a simple, inexpensive acrylic-polyurethane clear coat with a 1/4″ nap roller.  This took two coats and I used about a gallon and a half.

It's going to look nice.  The natural concrete will have a lot of character.
It’s going to look nice. The natural concrete will have a lot of character.
All done.  ALL DONE!
All done. ALL DONE!

Walk-in cooler

Now that the floors are done (for the fermentors coming in soon), I need to start building the walk-in cooler.  This involves a lot of math so I right-size it the first time and don’t run out of room.  Essentially I have to figure out the maximum throughput I will have with three 3.5 bbl fermentors given my current brew cycles and my best guess at lager/ale percentages.  I do have room for another 1-2 fermentors so I have to keep that in mind.

I want to have the option to stack three high and this will also be where I dispense too.  With a 8′ x 15′ cooler, I will have the room for about 70 kegs max, well within my maximum monthly capacity.

The build

I found some online plans from a similar build using a ‘cool-bot’ so that I don’t need any expensive, large HVAC unit – just a regular window air-conditioning unit since the cooler is not that big.

Spec’ing out the parts list I need:

  • 6 – 2×8’s
  • ~55 2×4’s
  • 36 pieces of 4×8 2″ thick foam insulation board
  • 15 rolls of 2×4 rolled insulation
  • 15 sheets of 4×8  wash-down acrylic paneling
  • 4 sheets of 5/8″ 4×8 wood subfloor

Retail value of this is about $2200 at Lowe’s.  This is still far cheaper than buying a used one but I need to get this cheaper.  The 36 sheets of 2″ foam insulation board is about 60% of the cooler expenses.  I found via Craigslist Akron’s ‘Insulation King’.  He had the foam I needed – used and for 40% of retail – that’s a lot of savings!  Since I have been recycling nearly everything (drywall screws and 2×4 nails included) I want this brewery to be green…at least as green as a brewery can be so recycled foam board was perfect.

The 4×8 sheets of acrylic paneling that will line the inside is something I want to get cheaper too or find another alternative.

Thanks Akron Insulation King!  Saved me a ton of money.
Thanks Akron Insulation King! Saved me a ton of money.
We drove slow...we did not want 44 pieces of 2" thick insulation blowing away.
We drove slow…we did not want 44 pieces of 2″ thick insulation blowing away.
Seems like a lot of insulation for a 'little-ole' cooler.
Seems like a lot of insulation for a ‘little-ole’ cooler.

Wall paneling

Lastly I started work on seeing if I can restain and varnish’ the current ‘red-stained’ wood paneling – something more brown.  The testing is still a work in progress.  I would rather not tear it down and replace  just due to color.

Comparing various stains over existing stain to 'de-redden' the current scheme.
Comparing various stains over existing stain to ‘de-redden’ the current scheme.

Liscensing

I continued work on my Ohio liquor license…about 1/3 done.

Security/phone/cable/internet

I met with several people from local firms.  I picked a security company, ADT and will be going with Time Warner for the other stuff.  This is going in in a few days.

Next week

  • Finish Ohio license
  • Finish getting cooler materials
  • Rent a forklift
  • Receive fermentors
  • Finish security installation
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