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m1chaelroth



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PostLink    Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:05 pm    Post subject: Ventilation question Reply with quote


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Hi Folks,

I'm in the process of starting my build. I just moved into a house that has a 700 sq ft shop attached where I'm putting my brewery. Looking at the picture, I have a couple questions. How important is to have ventilation setup for this in this size of an area? There are plenty of windows and an overhead door (not shown). Also, should I be concerned about how close the pots are to the electric panel in regards to the condensation and such? I put the table and pots in that location as that is where the sink was at. Thoughts or suggestions are welcome!



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JMD887



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Location: Akron, Ohio

Drinking: Electric IPA, TOF IPA

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PostLink    Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you vent set up a ventilation hood per Kal's instruction I don't think you need to worry to much about condensation interfering with the panel... However, if you chose not to set up ventilation I'd probably relocate away from your panel just to be careful. Assuming you're using 20 gallon kettles; you're boil off rate (if I recall correctly) will be around 1.9 gallons/hr. I would imagine that to be a decent amount of moister displaced in to the atmosphere of 700 sq ft.


thats my two cents... but I'm one too error on the side of caution.

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PostLink    Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed. 1.5 to 2 gallons/hour is a lot of water to put in the air. It has to go somewhere. If you can get rid of it even with open windows and a fan, that's better than nothing. What I can't tell from the picture how airflow would be in this space. If you can open windows or doors like you mentioned and you have a breeze of some sort then maybe most of the moisture will be taken away.

The one concern I have is that you live in Fargo, so it's darned cold in the winter so you probably don't want to have lots of big open windows/doors. It's really cold in the winter where I am as well, so having a vent directly above the kettles (mainly the boil kettle) means the vent captures mostly the steam and moves it out with the fan instead of moving out just any random air. In the winter it may be -15F outside but it's 60-65F in the brewery. If I only had two doors on either end of the room and both were open, the room would be close to -15F which is uncomfortable.

Good luck and welcome to the forum!

Kal

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Ozarks Mountain Brew



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PostLink    Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I brewed in a garage with a half open door for many years, one thing to worry about is there any sheet rock at all, it will mildew over time even if you have fans, I had to replace mine and its not fun
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m1chaelroth



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PostLink    Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well that answers that then. Smile. Thanks guys for the quick replies. Guess i'll be working on a ventilation build as well! Thanks again!
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