I've told him to start brewing already....he says he might
In regards to shipping, I'd be looking at 3 days in transit at least, which means 4 days until I'm able to pitch. Not to mention a $50 shipping fee (I just did a rough estimate of the box and 50lb weight).
When flying southwest, it doesn't cost me anything to throw 2 jugs in 1 bag and 3 in the other and check them as luggage. Also, if I do it this way, I would brew Thursday night and package and I'd be pitching Saturday morning or Friday night if I'm really feeling up for it. I'd like to minimize the amount of time between brewing and pitching.
In regards to extract....I can brew a batch with 25lbs of grain MUCH cheaper than by using extracts and I can be sure it will come out like my test batch with the same proportions just less grain. As it is, I'll be having to buy extra yeast for the 3 batches because I don't trust him to make a starter for this yet