Vegan, have you thought about having a local club help with the barrel fill? That's how we got our barrels; a guy (who's now in our club) moved here from NoCal with 4 newly acquired barrels and sought our club out. We just got 13-14 guys in on each barrel and it made it go really smoothly, though of course the beer has to be shared that way. Keep in mind that you will need extra beer (on top of the ~60 gal for filling) on hand to top up the barrel due to evap. We shot for ~70 gal for each barrel, and are already having extra 5 gal batches brewed to keep on hand in the barrel room for top up.