I am part of a beer brewing social club. We have been brewing beer every single weekend since the beginning of the year. We started with mini mash but quickly switched to all grain. We have a $#@!ty mash tun that gets the job done but is incredibly inefficient. We've made some bad beers and some damned delicious beers. We've started making our own recipes. We are having way too damn much fun. I have 80 gallons of beer sitting in my dining room. But we want to do it better. We want to go bigger. We want consistency. We have high aspirations. We have decided we are going to make The Electric Brewery.
This is what is known as a nano brewery. It is very much a scaled down version of a professional brewery set up. Electrical, run by a control panel, includes every part of the brew process. It even has a counterflow chiller setup. This thing is beautiful. This thing will cost us between $5200 and $6000. It will allow us to brew up ~13-16 gallons at a time.
The fun part is that we don't really have the money to buy this thing. Also, we will be buying all the parts separately and building it ourselves. Most of us have not built something like this before. It will be a grand learning experience. And, once it is all together, we are going to be up to our elbows in booze.
I'm putting this up because A. this seems like something the Shag would be interested in, and B. we are going to do some fundraising activities in the future to help raise some of the capital needed to purchase all the parts. I will update this thread if there is any interest in the development of this guy or if there is interest in when and where the fundraising activities will take place.