So in the rental I’m currently living in there is a shed in the backyard split into three sections:
- Is powered and is currently an exercise room, with carpet. Not ideal for wet beerness, especially the shaking from a treadmill.
- Is powered and filled with storage stuff.
- Is not powered, has a single window where light doesn’t enter, has a door that just barely closes and is pretty fucking dusty. But it only has my stuff in it, it has a bench and a shelf going on the long side and a set of shelves on one of the small sides.
This third shed will be my beer shed. Today I spent a few hours going to a few hardware stores casing out outdoor lighting, outdoor extension cords and power boards that I could use to make the beer shed into a brewing paradise. Or atleast serviceable. Should be purchasing these with my next pay.
What I’ve set in are:
2 x 150w Lights with stands and brackets - $11.90
1 x 500w Light with stand and bracket - $14.90
Extension Cord + Power Board - $22
2-3 Crates - $8-12 depending on what I choose.
I’m not that sure about how bright certain wattages are so I’ll try and find someone who knows or try and google/youtube it to figure it out, but two or three lights should work a treat and they’re fairly cheaper than I expected.
The crates are tricky because I didn’t think to bring a bottle with me, but there were good stacking crates that didn’t have lids and some stacking(ish) crates with lids. I’d rather get ones with lids, because if the room goes back to being dusty or I have to clean it quite frequently I’d rather keep everything fairly sealed then clean constantly. Condoms on the fermenter tap? I think so.
The extension cord and power board were from a cheap place, because the awesome industrial versions were like $100 and I’m not quite ready for that. If the power board doesn’t work I might just plug the fermenter straight into the extension cord and use a head torch whilst it’s still summer, then save up for a better powerboard. What I need to do is figure out how much power will be used from an immersion heater and 2-3 lights.
Regardless, then I’ll be able to grab a chair, have my bottle capper and all my equipment in the one place, not ever have to move the fermenter for bottling and be able to store empty bottles in there when not in use.
The last thing I’ve thought of is getting some device that can read and store temperatures over a month or something, so I can keep track of the weather in the shed vs out the shed. This’ll be important because like I said, it’s fairly dark, and if it keeps cool I could store my long term beers in there too.
Hopefully photographs to come soon!