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CidCitrus 12-31-2012 02:59 PM

I know there are a million threads about weddings and homebrew, but I wanted to know a good amount to brew. The wedding is in September 2013 and at this point we're looking at 250 people or so. By my count I would need ten 5 gallon batches in order for everyone to have at least 2 beers. I know some people won't drink any beer at all, some will try at least one, and some (my friends) will have 4 or more. If anyone has experience with a good average let me know, I don't want to end up having to store a bunch of untouched beer but I also don't want to end up short.

GarageDweller 12-31-2012 03:08 PM

if you are donating and not getting any help with supply costs i wouldn't put out more than 5 5gal cornies. Thats plenty of variety and you still have time to make at least one of the batches a high gravity brew. making a high gravity brew will cut down on the actual volume you need to produce. Keep most of them around 6% and up, and make one 9% or higher. Of course, if you're doing 10 or 11 gal batches you could go ahead and put out the 50 gal that you are looking at. Damn, thats going to be one hell of a party. good luck whatever you decide

CidCitrus 12-31-2012 03:48 PM

Haha thanks, it's my wedding so I'm doing this partly to save a few bucks. I can brew 10 gallon batches of low to mid gravity beers, I was planning on brewing 3 strong beers (RIS, DIPA, and some sort of strong Belgian,) a cider, a seasonal (pumpkin,) and then various 4-7% beers. I don't have a kegging setup yet, but I plan on having the ability to keg 3 of the batches by the wedding. I'm going to brew the stronger beers first for aging purposes and lighter/hoppy beers closer to the date. The way I figure it is I can brew about 15 batches if I brew every other week before the wedding, so there's plenty of time.

I guess my main question is how realistic is 50 gallons as far as consumption is concerned? Time, ability, and cost is accounted for.

BryceL 12-31-2012 07:01 PM

Weddings are always hard to judge. It really depends on the crowd you will be serving to, and only you know what type of crowd it will be. I think figuring 2 beers per head sounds like a good starting point though. For my wedding a couple years back, I figured 2 per person and ended up with some left over. A good portion of my family doesn't really drink that much though. If you have left over I don't think you would have to worry about storing it though. I'm sure pawning free beer off on your friends that drink won't be a problem.

hoppyhoppyhippo 12-31-2012 07:04 PM

First question is are you paying for an open bar or not?

If you are I wouldn't worry too much. 4 or 5 should be way more than enough. My brother for his wedding got a half keg of craft beer, told everyone to drink it and most people drank hard liquor or wine or other stuff anyway.

mikescooling 12-31-2012 07:24 PM

Bottling and or keg's? Catered or self thrown? How much other boos/open bar? In a wedding hall or the like? Do you have friends that will help serve/maintain/ID ect..? 50 gallons is a lot of beer! At a big crazy drinking party, the fastest I had a keg kick, was in an hour. I'd think 30 gallons would be max.

Braufessor 12-31-2012 08:10 PM

Also - check the policy of where ever you are hosting at. It is very rare to find a hotel/bar/reception hall that will allow you to bring your own beer in and serve it. I have done beer many times for weddings and have never had anyone say - "sure" bring it in. I always had to find other ways to incorporate it. Usually, we end up serving a few cases between wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner - with appetizers. Have also put bottles on the table with "wedding labels" as "wedding favors"/ table decorations.
If you are hosting somewhere low key, or your own property, no problem. But hotels/reception areas usually much prefer to charge you $200 per keg as opposed to you supplying your own beer.

CidCitrus 12-31-2012 11:37 PM

The reception hall does not supply alcohol (apple farm art and music center), so we have to get a permit to provide and serve it open bar style. I was planning on getting some liquor, wine, and light beer for those who don't like craft beer, but have the bulk of the alcohol be homebrew. A large percentage of the guests will be craft beer drinking friends, so I guess overdoing it wouldn't be nearly as bad as underdoing it.

The_Brewzer 01-01-2013 01:17 AM

Maybe unsolicited advice, but a suggestion if time (for brewing) is a factor - do a cider and a wine or two. Ciders tend to be extremely quick as far as brewing time invested (not to mention cheap), and people tend to like the variety. Wines are a little more expensive, but easy to make and there are always quite a few wine only drinkers in a crowd. Of course, 10 different beers will give plenty of variety too! Good luck, that sounds like a reception I wouldn't mind going to ;)

chuckstout 01-01-2013 02:27 AM

If your renting a hall unless you have it for more then 8hrs. Most people well probably limit the amount they drink because theyll have to leave some what quickly. I went through close to 12 gallons with 100 people plus there was wine and a giant cooler of bmc beers at my buddies wedding, and I had my wedding this last september with about 100 people and went through 20 gallons, but I didnt have any wine, bmc, or liquor !lol! Congrats

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