Joined: 12 Dec 2010
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Drinking: German Lager, Electric Hop Candy Jr, London Pride, Weizen, Citra DIPA, Dubbel, Russian Imperial Stout, Black Butte Porter
Working on: Kolsch
| Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:16 pm Post subject:
Welcome to the forum!
Completely up to you what you choose as it's purely aesthetics and everyone has different tastes. I've seen both done well.
I would consider a basement brewery like a kitchen: So use finishes similar to what you'd use in a kitchen. This means at a minimum you should paint the drywall with a semigloss (wipe-able) paint, similar to what's done in a bathroom too, but to a lesser degree because your brewery won't (or shouldn't) get all steamy like a bathroom might.
Then whether you choose tile backsplash or something else is completely up to you and is for looks only. It's not a requirement. Just like a kitchen, any splashing is accidental and is minimal. Any splashing I've had over the last ~10 years has been very minimal.
Just like a kitchen, most do not drain on to the floor on purpose (I don't) but spills can happen so best to choose something on the floor that won't be damaged by a spill. For example, stay away from carpet or hardwood (even though I know many kitchens are done with hardwood). Best to use tile, linoleum, or just concrete (finished or not).
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