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Old 10-04-2012, 10:27 PM   #21
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Only repeating what the OP had written.
guess u missed the part where i did the same

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Is there another solution that would make more sense (i.e. trying a tenant brew or seeing if anybody in my area has the capacity)?
you may want to convey to your BIL how much beer 2 BBLs is (about 640 bottles) before you put in all this effort. the average wedding size is about 150 people, so thats like 4/each, but being at a vineyard i doubt you get close to that kind of rate. you & him know the crowd better tho and there's not really such a thing as too much beer
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:30 PM   #22
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No worries.

Personally, I don't think that brewing it yourself is feasible with the resources you currently have. If you decide to get that Spiedel fermenter, though, don't delay. Those things just recently came back into stock and they go incredibly quick.

I can't help you with tennant brewing as I know nothing about the subject.

Your only other option would be to join a local homebrew club, as gswartley suggested, and do it quick. I know that I would be more than happy to bring my brewstand to a fellow brewer's place to help out in a situation like yours. Most people that have brewstands have portable brewstands and can brew at least 10 gallon batches. You just need to find two people with brewstands that will have a brew day with you. Then it would just be one brew day and a homogenous product once you combined everyone's wort into the one fermenter.

Is your buddy paying for ingredients?

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Old 10-04-2012, 10:38 PM   #23
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Your only other option would be to join a local homebrew club, as gswartley suggested, and do it quick.
if you want to go this route, our homebrew club has a meeting in the town over (cambridge) next week, you can come check it out and see if anyone can help out. i unfortunately don't have the capacity to do so, but I'm sure someone can lend a hand. I know at least one member has a BBL system and a few others own local breweries, but might be tough to get time in there

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Old 10-04-2012, 10:39 PM   #24
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Good point.

How many people are going to be at this wedding?
I honestly have no idea how many people are going. They asked for 2 kegs of each type of beer, and I know there will be a ton of wine as well.

It's my wedding present to them so I would hate the possibility of running out of beer, but if it's WAY too much then maybe I should tone it down...
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:49 PM   #25
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Damn, that must be a huge wedding. 60 gallons of beer seems a little excessive. I attended a wedding a few weeks ago with around 120 heavy beer drinkers and only went through maybe 20 gallons of beer.
those were not heavy beer drinkers...
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those were not heavy beer drinkers...
Yeah, that's only 1.77 12 oz beers per person.
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On Sept. 25 I attended a wedding of 45, which included about 15-18 homebrewers. We went through roughly 13.5 gallons of homebrew during the 3.5 hour reception. There was also wine/soda, etc. available. I personally had 7 twelve ounce cups of beer.

You should be able to reasonably extrapolate that to the size of the wedding you are attending to figure out how much you need to brew.

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Old 10-09-2012, 02:25 PM   #28
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Thanks everybody for your help. dcp27 I will definitely join wort.org. I met Dan Logcher through Craigslist (I picked up my corny kegs from him) and he recommended I join as well.

Based on this thread I think I need to bring in some big guns to help me out with this. In the meantime I'm going to perfect a couple of recipes. Hopefully I will be able to do a couple of small batches this week to get the recipes finalized before I make the big leap in the next couple of months.

Thanks!
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