I’ve never built a wall before. After this weekend, I can say that I’ve definitely been involved in building two, and I’ve got two more in my very near future. Brian and my dad built the walls for the “farm room”, so he’s experienced.
Our goal has been to get the wet side of the brewery closed off from the remaining construction. Last week we finished covering the existing walls with tin. We also started framing up the new walls, placing them in between the 65 year old rough cut posts–the same rough cut posts that had a manger attached to them with several feet of composted manure and piles of old farm junk in it. Was it really just a little over five months ago that we began this project in 100+ degree heat?
It’s about 30 degrees or less outside right now, but the heat in the barn is cranking.
We’ve got tunes.
Those big, clear holes you see in the walls hold large sheets of clear acrylic that will allow visitors to see into the brewery. Brian and I hadn’t worked with acrylic sheets before, and they were heavy and rather static-y, but the “look” is really cool. It’s also provides an “open” feel to the first floor of the BARn since it’s divided into various rooms.
The first "window" into the the brewery.
We were planning to put tin on the interior walls, and I had the idea of running the tin all the way down to the concrete floor on these walls. The concrete below the walls is really old concrete that made the mangers, and Brian was looking for a way to cover them to prevent water from going in any small holes or cracks in the old concrete. We used the same J-trim with the tin on the interior walls.
Here's the backside of the walls after the tin was applied. We'll cover this later.
Here are the two walls, complete on the wet side of the brewery.
There are just two walls left to go. One wall will have a door to the wet side of the brewery. The other wall will be for the mechanical room.
Speaking of the mechanical room, here’s a little bit of brewery trivia for you. What is the #1 ingredient in beer?
And in our case, delicious Ozark, limestone filtered water.
We picked up an 80 gallon hot water heater this weekend, and it’s ready to be hooked up in the mechanical room.
A new PRBC Blog category will start up later in the week…stay tuned.