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Old 06-12-2011, 11:46 PM   #11
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Speaking from experience...

1st off Love the idea and all the ambition going into this project!

2nd off I would change just about everything you are doing and here is why...

Very few people IMO like barley wine compared to say a mead (Which is VERY wedding oriented) I personally love BW but most folks I serve it to wrinkle up their faces and hand me my glass back. I would bet the majority of it would go "down the drain" instead of getting ingested.

If it were me going to drop that much on ingredients it should be for something that is "main stream" enough that it would be enjoyed by most people...

Now, for the rain bbl idea. I did exactly what you are talking about doing. The 1st batch had an odd off flavor that I was able to get to go away but it was NOT easy...and the second batch got infected...bad. I dumped it bad, it was the only batch of beer I could not save...needless to say it is going to be converted into a rain bbl...I am sure there are people that have had success using these but once again you are talking about a lot of money+time that may end you with something undrinkable...

I 2nd the fermenting in 1/2bbl sanke kegs. I am moving to using these and if it were me and I just had to have a bigger than 15 gallon fermenter(s) drop the extra cash on a few SS 55 gallon bbls. You will be much happier with them in the long run IMO.

best of luck!

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Old 06-12-2011, 11:52 PM   #12
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If you do 55 gallons at once, consider running an stainless steel tubing through the fermenter and if you check the temp and its too high, consider running cold water through the tubing to cool it down. You would need to sanatize the tubing, and have a way to monitor the temperature in there. its an idea, and may be a bad one, but there it is. Good luck, and tell the groom congrats on the wedding.

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Old 06-13-2011, 12:44 AM   #13
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If you need larger fermentors there are a few on kijiji.

I use the glass demis they are 54 Liters 14+ gallons

http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-...AdIdZ288108992

http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-...AdIdZ286766876

http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-...AdIdZ284905425

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Old 06-13-2011, 12:59 AM   #14
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I have rain barrels that I constructed out of 50 gal pickle barrels with a spigot on the bottom. 4 years later, still no leaks. I dont think a heavy duty spigot would be a problem.
Depending on what you have available for equipment, I would take a look at a couple or 25 gal containers that you could put into a fridge to control the temp. I have a guy not too far from me that imports all types of barrels, having contained a variety of things. Should be easy to find someone in your area that does barrels and get something containing something benign.
I agree with Zamial on the Mead vs Barley wine. You know your audience, or at least the groom should. Take a poll of some of the guests.

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Old 06-13-2011, 05:01 AM   #15
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Is it 18 in Alberta too? Thought only Quebec had that distinction, regardless you've gotta love a province that has Liquor Barn and Liquor Depot stores among others.

I used a 60L Delex HDPE fermenter once, but I brewed 3x 20L batches and homogenized them as you mentioned, aside from a craptastic recipe and horribly uncontrolled fermentation temps it works beautifully.

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Old 06-13-2011, 12:25 PM   #16
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I think I would split it up into 3 of these.

http://www.homebrewhq.com/ProductDet...productID=2266

They are bulk LME containers, so taste leaching shouldnt be a problem.

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I think I would split it up into 3 of these.

http://www.homebrewhq.com/ProductDet...productID=2266

They are bulk LME containers, so taste leaching shouldnt be a problem.
Now that looks great. Have you bought one? If the shipping cost is half decent that could be a great deal.
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Now that looks great. Have you bought one? If the shipping cost is half decent that could be a great deal.
No I havent, but there are a few people on here who have. I dont have the equipment to brew that big.... Yet.

Ill see if I can did up the threads.
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Here is one thread where people are talking about those.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f85/my-2...rmenter-70873/

You should be able to get there usernames from there and contact them if need be.

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This is totally awesome. I only had to do 2 5-gallon batches to have 1 bottle for each guest at my wedding. Slight difference in guest list size!

Don't be worried about doing a really big, imposing beer style. SWMBO and I did a Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in bourbon barrels. If they don't like it, oh well, it's the bride and groom's celebration, and we made what we like.

And wax dipping the bottles, that's super-fancy. We just capped them, and then made escort cards (saying the name of the guest and where they sit) out of do-it-yourself business cards, and on the back is a really goofy explanation of the beer. The ribbon that holds the cards onto the bottle is one of four colors, and that tells the wait staff what meal that person ordered. Yea, we thought this out to the nth degree.

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