I haven't yet brewed any beer, but I'm interested in giving it a try. How
much space does it require? Obviously it's possible to use a lot of
space; I've seen photos of home breweries that almost fill a room. But
what's the smallest footprint you can get away with?
Hope this helps. Due to a very small kitchen and house space I brew, all
grain, in 5 litre batches. My modified mash tun and boiling pans are all
this size.I brew regularly, say every two to three weeks and that just about
keeps me in beer with out taking up to much space. This also helps me to
continually try new and improve tried recipes.
On Sun, 20 Feb 2005 00:15:08 -0600, Lance Simmons
I have a 5 (UK)gallon all grain brewery that has a footprint of 19
inches by 21 inches and stands 6 feet high. I could probably go
smaller, but a 19" X 21" footprint gives me plenty of room to work
(seriously). I probably couldn't lose any height without creating
A hot liquor tank sits on the top shelf, mash tun next shelf down,
(electric) boiler under that, then the fermenter on the floor.
On Mon, 21 Feb 2005 19:22:03 +1100, "Spanky"
Unfortunately no I haven't - my garden shed is so small - and so full
of junk - that I can't stand back far enough to photograph more than
half a shelf.
Which reminds me, I am planning another brew tomorrow so must go and
clear my bicycle out of the way to make more room!!!!
No, I bought a set of strong easily assembled shelving from "Ikea" -
do you have those in the US. They were recommended as being ideal for
the purpose by the home brew shop who sold me the "brewery".
They are very knowledgeable and helpful. Give them a ring, tell them
you want a complete brewery and they will see you right - mine cost
around £110 three years ago. The boiler is plastic and looks a bit
flimsy but is still going strong after well over 30 brews.
I have also used "Hop & Grape" for ingredients - web site
This shop is also very knowledgeable and reliable. Just after I
started all grain brewing, I went on a 2 day Brewlab homebrew course
at Sunderland University (I can recommend this course) and Hop & Grape
was recommended by the course tutors. H&G also do complete breweries;
which is apparently what we used on the homebrew course. The
equipment seemed very similar to my LHB brewery so presumably is just
As I said, the shelving system is from IKEA (of all places) and was
specifically recommended by LHB because of its strength. The shelf
has to hold quite a weight and are held on by very long screws. There
are similar shelving systems on sale (eg B&Q), but be careful. The
screws are often too short, meaning the shelf will NOT safely support
the weight of a full boiler.