“My Little Brewtools Heaven”
Building the Great Tap Wall
Well we are finally making some progress – what I would call decent progress anyways. For those still following and that haven’t yet fallen into a coma waiting for the progress updates; my little brewery is split into two parts (well, technically 3 but the 3rd is in the Garage part I lovingly call the cellar). The above is my brewing sector – this is where I no doubt perform most of my cock-ups or as I also like to put it – “learnings !!!” The opposite side is where I will do all my drinking of beer. The ultimate dream is to have my own home pub situated in the garden but until then I will need to make do with my very own tap wall. This beast will house 8 taps and will sport (at some point) a hand pull “Corny Cask” pump to feed my Real Ale thirst.
Since the last update, I have readied the brewing part – sorted out a load of junk from the “must keep” and begun the build of my bar top on the Tap Wall. Now, this isn’t just any old ordinary tap wall, oh no – I am placing not 1, not 2 but 3 fermentation chambers against it – all plumbed in with Heat Tubes and STC-1000’s. This is not an easy task for me as a Carpenter I ain’t. Below is where I have gotten to so far…
“Fermentation Chambers 1, 2 and 3 or as I will named them FV1, FV2 and FV3”
Next steps are to prepare and fit the doors, break everything down, sand then prime and then paint. I am going black for the entire wall and cabinets with the inclusion of fake panelling on the wall which I will tie into the door that I also need to fit – imagine a continuous wall look (no door) if you will. In the picture above the worktop has scaffold planks on it and I did plan to use them; however with further consideration (and of course considering my skill level) I switched to MDF and decided that was easier to cut, prep and paint. I have all the wood, brackets, primer and paint so aim to work on this as soon as I have completed fitting the doors with inlet furniture. Incidentally – in order to help me with this I watched a YouTube video recently on instruction and bought a couple of 3D Printed parts to help me out with said furniture. See pics below.
“These allow for the placement of inlet hinges and receivers without all the guess work – at least that is the plan !!!”
I have something special planned for the tap wall itself reference the splash back – I will keep it under my hat at the moment; suffice to say it wasn’t cheap and will take 3 weeks to get here !!! I really want to make the Tap Wall a key feature of the Brewery: my main purpose of brewing (besides the enjoyment of making the beer) is to share the beer. What better time can be had than to invite around a bunch of folk and feed them (hopefully) top quality beer and good chat. That’s the plan anyway.
That is it for now – I will continue working and report back with increased frequency.
Until Next Time !
Stew (aka Drunk Delilah Brewery)