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Old 09-14-2010, 03:08 PM   #11
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I usually brew with between 2-8 people hanging around, so I just try to make sure to announce when specific things start and end. I always premeasure ingredients so I don't have to worry about that step. The process generally goes like this:

- Strike water (anyone wanna monitor temp?)
- Mashing (anyone wanna add grain, stir)
- Sparge water (anyone wanna montor temp?)
- Sanitize (anyone wanna sanitize all this stuff?)
- Sparging (anyone wanna lift this bag of grain into this pot of hot water?)
- (pretty buzzed at this point)
- Boil (anyone wanna make sure this doesn't boil over? oh, add those hops too)
- Chilling (anyone wanna stir this for ten minutes?)
- Rack
- Fermentor (anyone wanna carry this 50lb carboy to the fermentation chamber?)
- Cleanup (you get the point.)

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Old 09-14-2010, 03:37 PM   #12
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Interested on what kind of church it is. The pastor at my church doesn't drink but thinks the whole process is really interesting.

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Old 09-14-2010, 03:55 PM   #13
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It is an Eastern Orthodox Church, Russian by jurisdiction but really only about 50% Russians attend. Excess drinking would be frowned upon but alcohol certainly isn't taboo (I mean what Russian would go without drinking vodka?).
If you are interested in what kind of church that is just PM me and I can send some resources, I wouldn't want to get into too much religious history or stuff like that here.
For the most part any church ending with "Orthodox" (Russian, Greek, Antiochian) are all going to be pretty much similar, they have have different geographical origins.

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Old 09-15-2010, 04:00 AM   #14
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Our church had a "homebrew class" put on by "Homebrew Headquartes" (LHBS). They (LHBS) even threw in a homebrew kit for the parishioner who brought the most guests.
Now we, in conjunction with another church, have "homebrew contests" with a plaque awarded to "Best Beer". We also have a traveling growler (like the Stanley Cup) that stays with the church with the highest average score.
At the last contest we had 16 brews. The contestants also furnish beer to attendees who like to watch. We have three judges from each church.
It's just a fun thing we like to do.
Our next contest is October 2nd and we will also be roasting a whole pig and drinking homebrew that day.

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Old 09-15-2010, 04:44 AM   #15
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Get a co-host. You brew with assistance of those in attendance. The co-host drinks beer with everybody but you. You are too busy brewing and explaining and you want it to be safe.

Get some designated drivers and have a great time

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Old 09-16-2010, 01:24 PM   #16
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Good advice.

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