Brew Shed

Ah, yes!  The day had finally come.  I’m building a Brew Shed!  I’m very excited to be able to do this.  As this will be the single biggest project for the ‘brewery’, it will also be the one that takes the most time.
After researching the sizes I was able to build without permits and EPA studies, the 12′ x 12′ was the largest.  Once that was determined, I had to choose the shed.  Would I have it built and delivered?  Built on site?  Build myself?  After checking in to all of these options, I determined that I could save about $3000 by building it myself – and I could build it myself.

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Mash Tun Fly Sparge Float Switch

On our last brew day, our Mash Tun over-filled with water during the Fly Sparge.  I knew there was a way to rectify this, so I set out to do just that.  And then some.  Our 70 quart Coleman Xtreme Mash Tun Cooler didn’t have a sparge assembly, and I decided to fix that at the same time.  This is a very popular cooler to use as a Mash Tun, so I will provide the measurements for the sparge assembly.
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70 Quart High Gravity Mash Tun

We found out pretty quickly that our 10 Gallon Mash Tun would not work for High Gravity or Large Grain Bill brews.  I told my brew partners that we would probably need a Coleman Xtreme 70 Quart rectangular cooler for our next Russian Imperial Stout.  Immediately, my brother-in-law pulled up a picture on his phone and with amazement declared, “I have that cooler in my garage!  I’m not even using it”.
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