I actually made some progress this week toward the Grand Project. I realized some time ago that if I wanted to do the home brewing properly, I would need a dedicated space away from wandering animals (we have three dogs and two cats). Sanitation is crucial to home brewing, and having four footed beasties tromping through the apparatus can't be conducive to a clean, controlled environment.
So I began the tedious process of digging through and cleaning a little-used back room. It's a strange sort of room. So crude that it isn't even legally counted toward the total square footage of the house, yet it has a concrete floor and wall sockets, and is insulated. It was originally an exercise room, I think (I have some weights and an exercise bike in their now).
It occurred to me, though, that the room could be pressed into service in other ways, for instance as an extremely informal gathering spot where my son could bring his friends and where he and I could go to talk about manly things or watch manly movies like McClintock or Sci-Fi classics like the original War of the Worlds or Forbidden Planet. Just a room for him and me to flop in.
The room has been dubbed the Den of Manly Pursuits or the DMP (pronounced "dump").
I'll be going through my brewing equipment next, and setting up a space just for that. I even have a little window air conditioner that I can set up to keep the place temperature controlled (it isn't ducted).
My plan is nearly complete... MWAH-Hah-hah-ha!!!