brew cave

Discussion in 'Home Bar' started by crusian, Dec 7, 2012.

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  1. crusian

    crusian Crusader (738) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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  2. ezperkins2

    ezperkins2 Aspirant (298) Jan 3, 2011 California
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  3. crusian

    crusian Crusader (738) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    I want one.
  4. krl2112

    krl2112 Crusader (719) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    So I am going to finish my basement in 2013 and I have about 250 bottles of wine and about 300 bottles of various beer and I was trying to figure out what to do for storage. First I thought of building a glass enclosure area for the wine and then converting a fridge to a beer cellar with a thermostat regulator. But I finally discovered that building a cellar room with wine refrigeration would be the best and most flexible. I am going to essentially build a large walk in "pantry" with cork walls, wine shelving area and beer area as well. You can also get really nice decorative doors with a special seal for the floor and then an in-wall wine cooling unit which will then cellar better than the beer cave. The beer cave is great for keeping beer cold but not sure if u need that much cold beer!! I want to cellar mine to then drink at my convenience. Also building will be cheaper than $6400 and give u exactly what YOU want. Just my 2 cents. Don't tell my wife but this is the most exciting reason to me for finishing my basement!!
  5. crusian

    crusian Crusader (738) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    We demand pictures if each step. Please.
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  6. krl2112

    krl2112 Crusader (719) Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    Sure. Probably starting in the spring. It absolutely will!!
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  7. jdaddy

    jdaddy Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2010 Pennsylvania

    $6400 is the material cost here. You must have an electrician and/or HVAC contractor to the installation. Plus put the whole thing together yourself and/or pay someone a few more grand to put it together. You can easily put this together yourself in a much higher quality, a much larger capacity (shit this thing is 35 square feet or much small than your bathroom) and potentially address other issues in your basement such as general air conditioning, etc.
  8. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Aspirant (217) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey
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    Just get a large chest freezer and a thermostat. It's not as sweet looking, but is a fraction of the price and can be used for food storage if you ever run out of beer.
  9. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (565) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    They are very cool.
  10. NiceFly

    NiceFly Aspirant (275) Dec 22, 2011 Tajikistan

    A window AC unit, some wood, some sheet insulation and you are well on your way to building one yourself.
    This Jamil guy isn't very smart and he figured it out.
  11. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    I don't get how that shed is outside in the heat, but he was still able to insulate it well enough to keep it cool at $3/mo. A regular fridge sucks like 3x that and is professionally insulated with a very efficient cooler.
  12. DrLasers

    DrLasers Initiate (160) Apr 18, 2011 California

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  13. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (3,918) Sep 17, 2005 Maine
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    My beer cave is a bomb shelter that came with the house. It's always 55 degrees.
  14. pressedmeat

    pressedmeat Initiate (141) Jan 7, 2013 New Jersey

    I would love one of these for my growing wine and beer collection.
  15. DaveHack

    DaveHack Champion (805) Mar 28, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Pics? I'm really curious to see something like that!
  16. raczkowski

    raczkowski Disciple (324) May 16, 2011 Florida
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    Aside from walking into it, this is what I have and can change shelf heights for various size bottles. It cost me 500.00 and fits over 300 beers in it. Have this with a storage space under my bar for extra beer and some cellared beer there to keep fridge stocked. Then I have other side of bar for liquor that is collecting dust. Kegerator don't cost that much and I'm sure the one on the beer cave is not a very thoroughly made device. In addition, my cooler and bar isn't nearly as gaudy as this thing.
  17. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    This could be a joke or serious, it's awesome either way.
  18. crusian

    crusian Crusader (738) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    why a joke, that was pretty much going to be my plan if/when I build a house. dig into the hillside to make a cave off the basement.
  19. DCgolfpro

    DCgolfpro Devotee (479) Oct 26, 2011 Maryland
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    Who's the maker of this fridge?
  20. raczkowski

    raczkowski Disciple (324) May 16, 2011 Florida
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  21. bentwookie

    bentwookie Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2008 Texas

    We have a root cellar but it doesn't stay terribly cool year round(especially during 100+ summer days) and it's pretty small so I haven't put too much thought into doing anything with it. Currently it provides shelter to lots of scorpions and geckos.
  22. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    Let's just go with awesome then. :wink:
  23. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (3,918) Sep 17, 2005 Maine
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    I share mine with mice.
  24. Jasonrm72

    Jasonrm72 Devotee (407) Apr 29, 2012 Colorado
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  25. inchrisin

    inchrisin Defender (654) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    Thanks for sharing. You've set the bar even further out of reach for me.

    Does it come in blue telephone booth?
  26. abkayak

    abkayak Disciple (391) Jan 8, 2013 New York
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    i think i will add this along side my bomb shelter and wait for the apocalypse
  27. billandsuz

    billandsuz Disciple (300) Sep 1, 2004 New York

    wow. what will those wacky beer nuts think of next? a room that's is kept cold and holds beer, that's what! just unbelievable!

    what is the fascination with a walk in cooler? every C-Mart and grocery store in America has one.
    because you can put it in your house? a lot of rich people have money and space to burn for fancy toys. I'm jaded. if it came with a caged lion then it would be bad ass.
  28. DougC123

    DougC123 Devotee (476) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    I like how you added 2x the Bud taps too.
  29. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,351) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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  30. atomeyes

    atomeyes Disciple (381) Jul 13, 2011 Ontario (Canada)
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    i'm just finishing my own cellar. debating about the floors. leaving it as concrete due to cork absorbing moisture
  31. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,351) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    It kinda sucks that my basement (which is unfinished) is warmer than the rest of my house in the winter time. :slight_frown:
  32. goodbrewvic

    goodbrewvic Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2013 Florida

  33. BigGene

    BigGene Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2010 Florida

    I was invited to a company christmas party of one my customers. A very large AC/Electrical contracter her in Orlando. The owners hous is about 25k sqft. We took the tour and in for lack of a better term the basement (no basements in FL) he had this gourgeous stone and mohagany bar area. Wine racks on the wall, all sorts of rare and vintage liquors and on what looked like a stone wall 3 tap handles. I looked closer and there as a handle for a door.

    BOOM giant BEER CAVE. He took an industrial bar sized walk in cooler and turned it into his beer cave. the wall that the taps were on actually had a kegerator (like in a bar) with the lines going up to the outside. The rest of the storage was abut 50 degrees or so. He had Lambics for days and a lot of hard to get beers.

    He said he got the idea from seeing the pictures of the beer cave in Skymall.

    I had wood from the time I saw it. This guy is a GOD! or just a beer nerd with lots of money. I asked one of hit house staff to send me pics (did not have my phone). Hopefully I will get them soon.
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