Interesting post @Lumpy5oh
! Nice to hear from the Old Timers...
Not sure why but I didn’t see post until just now. I have thoughts through the lens of my own situation.
My wife wants me to set up a separate brew room “in our next house...” It’s easy to spill water on the floor when cleaning brew equipment in the kitchen. And one time some cleaning supplies spilled on dish washer face apparently stained it. (?). Oops. So maybe the issue is cleaning of brew supplies...
My current “brew room” is on the covered back patio, just off the kitchen / dining room. Propane burner but could understand the allure of electric if going totally inside. I have to set up /reconfigure the “brew room” both before and after. Doesn’t take too much time, maybe 15 minutes before and after... I don’t brew enough to want to dedicate that much permanent space that can’t be used for other things. Maybe have a large sink with some counter space in garage for brewing in an adjoining area in the garage (+?). Multi-purpose. Don’t have room for large sink and counter in garage of my current home.
I’ve had at least one time that where it was extremely cold, 5 to 10 deg F / -12 to -15 deg C, and that was miserable... Use water from a garden hose outside that connects to a spigot / hose bib on the exterior wall. It froze up and I had to create a small “tent” out of a plastic tarp and ever so carefully use an electric heater to thaw things enough to use them. Have had a couple times it was raining sideways and had to get creative...
, you certainly have some issues you have to deal with in Canada that I don’t. But like @Muggy Dawson
says, figuring out water in and drain out would be a big issue. How would a hose with water not freeze up? If cold, that could be an issue, so I would want to have buried lines. For drainage, seems like you would need to add some sort of leech lines with gravel and drain pipe off your buried containers, if you couldn’t tie into your home’s waste water drain system. And I would also be thinking insulation, heating, possible air conditioning if it gets hot, and a large ventilation fan... I would be thinking probably the plastic covered walls (4’x8’) sheets like restaurants sometimes have in kitchen, and linoleum type plastic floors set up so that water isn’t such an issue.
These are my thoughts...and perhaps not realistic for your situation. But they are worth at least what you’ve paid for them.