BeerSmith™ Home Brewing Forum

Brewing Topics => Non Brewing Discussion => Topic started by: DIYRachel on January 27, 2016, 12:54:16 PM

Title: Outdoor Brew Shed
Post by: DIYRachel on January 27, 2016, 12:54:16 PM
Hi All! I wrote this article on creative spaces in your outdoor shed, & I got the opportunity to meet and talk with Master Brewer, Chris Bowen. He built this amazing Brew Shed in Pennsylvania, and the Savant Brew System. Here is the article if you want to check it out; (

With Craft brewing being all the rage right now, a new trend in home brewing is popping up, Outdoor Brew Sheds! Thats right, why brew in your basement or garage, when you can custom build a home brewery right in your backyard for under $5000! That’s exactly what Master Brewer & beer historian, Chris Bowen did! Chris started brewing in his basement 8 years before he deciding he needed a larger space to brew his beer in. He opted to purchase an acre of land in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that housed an old run down wooden shed. The 24 x 14 outdoor shed was then custom remodeled into what is now known as, HammerSmith Alehouse & Brewery.

Title: Re: Outdoor Brew Shed
Post by: KellerBrauer on January 28, 2016, 07:09:09 AM
Building a Brewhouse in your yard is a wonderful idea DIYRachel..... providing you have the space, your HOA (if applicable) allows it and if your municipality (if applicable) allows it.  In my case, I had to answer "no" to all of the above.  So, I added a wall and I build my Brewhouse in my basement.  Water and drain was radially available, I had electricity and ventilation also available.  I built my system which includes a hot liquor tank, two mash/lauder tuns, a 15gal. boil kettle, a pump, plate cooler, burner and everything I needed for around $3,000.  The best part about it is that it makes brewing fun and not tedious as it was when I was brewing in my kitchen.
Title: Re: Outdoor Brew Shed
Post by: DIYRachel on January 28, 2016, 09:20:49 AM
That's awesome! Thanks for posting, I'd love to see pictures of the space! Too bad your neighborhood is so restrictive. Good job on finding space to utilize for your brewing. Chris bought a parcel of land with an existing shed on it because his brewing outgrew his basement:) Have a great day! I will be home brewing soon, and I cant wait to post my own experiences here! I'll be starting in my kitchen;)
Title: Re: Outdoor Brew Shed
Post by: aaliyah12 on October 02, 2018, 11:39:25 PM
That sounds really great i would also look to make an outdoor shed ( or brewhouse shed in my yard , thanks.