RESPECT!Been awhile since I posted here. Looking forward to get back in. Have a few big grape projects planned this year so I’ll be getting in and posting lots. Since being active here I did convert an unused downstairs room into my wine making area. Thought I’d share as I tried to make it dual use, bar and media, while building the cabinets from scratch based on my experience of the process of home wine making and brewing. Maybe some folks could get some ideas.
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first and foremost I added a door. Keep out the munchkins!
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The sound proofing in the wall I also added in the ceiling.
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Wires and plumbing and speakers blah blah blah
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Pulled a third of the carpet and microtopped and acid stained the concrete in the bar area.
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Custom cab time. Pain in the butt. Worth it though.
I designed the sink, corner and the large double door cab to be purpose built for the flow of wine making and bottling. The double door cab is actually a sliding shelf with 450lb capacity drawer slides and is the fermentation cab. I can vacuum rack between carboys without moving them.View attachment 52638
The attachment feature for the app sucks so if anyone has a question about layout or wants to see a part specifically let me know and I’ll reply with a shot.
Got a Sangiovese/ merlot blend, Riesling and a Belgian Golden Strong Ale in secondary in there at the moment.
A lighter Belgian blond and a Blueberry wine are up next with hopes of a Bordeaux style later in the year from grapes.
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That looks fantastic! What was your timeline from start to finish btw?
I like how you were able to work around the low window creating a useful lower counter- window actually helped ya.
Couple things. — First, you posted 10 pictures it seems , but only 8 uploaded correctly. 7th and 8th pics are broken links.
Building your own cabs is great- something I’d love to do one day. Don’t know how you ever found the time! What type of material was used for the cabinets?
And the flooring. “Microtopped and acid stained”. Care to elaborate a little more on what ya did there? Awesome awesome awesome room my friend! Thank you for sharing
With 3 little ones and a full time job outside of hobbies, ~ 9 months. I had planned on pouring my on concrete countertop but found a granite counter guy locally that had some overrun and it came out less than tools and materials on concrete so that shaved a little time.What was your timeline from start to finish btw?
Thanks. That large drawer does a good job holding vacuum, filter, induction burner, etc. The counter height works well for press and floor corker. Wash bottles -> Sanitize -> Cork = Left to right flow.I like how you were able to work around the low window creating a useful lower counter- window actually helped ya.
Yeah. Difficult with the mobile app. On the computer now. Easier. Green on the bottom is my putting green that I role out occasionally for moments of zen while working from home...Couple things. — First, you posted 10 pictures it seems , but only 8 uploaded correctly. 7th and 8th pics are broken links.
PITA - Take your time and do it right on the finish. Thats the key. I bought raw lumber for the face frames - White Maple. birch plywood for the rest. HPLV sprayer for applying clear coat. If you're tech savvy check out SketchUp. Free for non-commercial. Takes a little getting used to but with accurate room measurements you can design and create a cut list. Awesome. Built a makeshift spray booth. Folks thought it was a meth lab.Building your own cabs is great- something I’d love to do one day. Don’t know how you ever found the time! What type of material was used for the cabinets?
This was on slab so concrete under carpet. Pulled back and applied a micro topper which you can order through paint stores. It is a thin surface you apply over clean concrete to provide a easily acid stained surface. Then sprayed two different acid stain colors, let sit then hose and vacuum and apply a clear coat.Microtopped and acid stained”. Care to elaborate a little more on what ya did there?
Sorry, I just saw this reply now. That corner of my basement stays in the low to mid 60’s year round. I wish it was a little cooler but it’s consistent so I’m happy with it. I would think you would want it as dark as possible. My wine making area is on the opposite side of the basement from the windows. They don’t let it in much light anyways so it’s near dark most of the time. Some of the most famous wine cellars are caves, so I would think trying emulate that cool, dark, consistent environment as best as possible would be the goal for any wine cellar.What is the temperature that your basement is at for wine storage?
Also I was wondering how dark should the basement be for storing the full 6 gallon carboys? My brew storage area is on the same wall as the basement window but 20 feet from it NO direct sunlight ever. If I come down in the basement even on a sunny day I have to turn on the lights to see well enough to work or read a label.
So, I convinced the wife that a winery would be a great addition to the basement. Started the build the end of August with working weekends. Finished the build in late November. First wines started late January. Room is 7' x 8'-6".