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How To: Homebrew Your Wedding Beer


As we’ve re-started the new APW How-To series, we’ve tried to keep things fun. There are plenty of sites that will give you detailed how-tos on craft projects. But what about those of us that just want to make fun things, with not too much effort? Well. What’s more fun to make than booze, I ask you. So today’s super simple, super fun How-To post is from Meghan, who’s mountain cabin wedding and miscarriage story I’m sure you remember. She’s talking about homebrewing beer for your wedding, because if you’re going to DIY, you might as well prioritize the important stuff, eh?

How To: Homebrew Your Wedding Beer | A Practical Wedding

The Key Questions:

1. Do you like beer?  (If yes, go to step 2 and if no, proceed to step 12.)

2. Have you always wanted to brew beer?

3. Do you want to brew beer for your wedding?

How To: Homebrew Your Wedding Beer | A Practical Wedding

4. Do you realize this will not necessarily save you any money?

5. Can you bring beer to your venue and do you have a place to store it until that time?

6. Is it at least a few months before your wedding date?  (If yes, go to step 7 and if no, you probably cannot make beer in time.)

7. Ok.  Go to your local homebrew store (most large cities have such a thing and you can find the location using your favorite internet search engine).

8. Tell them that you want to brew beer for your wedding.  They will be excited.  They will ask you when it is and help you figure out a brewing schedule.  Purchase equipment (100-200 bucks) and ingredients (20-40 bucks per 2 cases).

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9. Follow instructions given to you by homebrew store.

10. Wait a month or two to try your delicious beverage.

11. Make cute labels for your beer or don’t and just do a color-coded sign like we did.

12. Cheers!  Have something yummy to drink!

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  • Vmed

    Awesome. I had forgotten how much I want to try brewing beer… and we can’t for the wedding (can’t bring our own booze) but what a fun project!

    • http://lilapuppy.blogspot.com meghan

      dooooo it. after the wedding that is.

  • http://heapsofbirds.blogspot.com Ellie

    This post made me really happy. This is why I read this site even though I don’t have a fiancée but rather a boyfriendwhoIplantomarrysometimesoonbutit’snotofficialsowearen’treallytalkingaboutdetails. You’d think they could come up with a shorter name for that.
    Regardless, this post made me laugh out loud and feel proud for being a bit of a preemptive planner/wedding blog lurker.

    Nice. Very nice.

    • ElfPuddle

      bwahahaha!
      I had a boyfriendwhoIplantomarrysometimesoonbutit’snotofficialsowearen’treallytalkingaboutdetails for two years. Congrats on yours, and may the waiting be peaceful and happy. :)

    • Beth

      Ellie, combined with Meghan’s post about BEER, you just made my day. :-)

      I can’t wait to go home to my boyfriendwhoIplantomarrysometimesoonbutit’snotofficialbutthathasn’tstoppedusfromdreamingdetailstogether and talk about wedding beer. :-)

      • Hypothetical Sarah

        The three of you made me laugh. Only partially because my brain grouped the letters wrong at first, giving me the nonsensical:
        boyfriendwhoI (plant o’marry) sometimesoonbutit’ (snot official-butt) hathasn’tstoppedusfromd (reaming details together)

        • http://heapsofbirds.blogspot.com Ellie

          Maybe we should use hyphens?

    • http://cobaltandblue.blogspot.com ML

      hahahaha.. i too have a boyfriendwhoiplantomarrysomedaybutwedontreallytalkaboutit.
      exceptwhenihaveacoupledrinksandletitslipthatimayormaynothaveaweddingdressinmind.
      andmayormaynotwanttogetmarriedinacircle.
      andmaybeweshouldhavebabiesoneday.
      and i read apw every. gosh. darn. day.

      • Erin

        Awwwwwww, this thread gave me warm fuzzies :)

        • FawMo

          I’m glad I’m not the only one who reads APW more than she would admit to all but her closest friends.

          And in APW-land, they call in pre-engaged. And I am in a very happy pre-engagement.

      • ItsyBitsy

        “andmaybeweshouldhavebabiesoneday.”

        Ahahaha, me too! And wecallourhypotheticallybabiescatsanddogsbecauseitslessscarythatway.

        :) This place is great.

        • http://cobaltandblue.blogspot.com ML

          ahhhhahaha. catsanddogs. i love it.

      • Caroline

        lol, I have a partnerwhoiplantomarryassoonaspossiblewhichwillbeafewyearsandits notofficialexceptthateveryoneknowsitparticularlymyfriendscasual aquaintencessistercousinsauntsanduncleseveryoneexceptmyparentsbut thatdoesn’tstopusfromtalkingdetailsandbrewingweddingmead.
        and a partnerwithwhomI’vealreadypickedoutafullnameforourfirstson.

        Honestly, I think I like
        boyfriendwhoIplantomarrysometimesoonbutit’snotofficialbutthathasn’t stoppedusfromcasuallydecidingeverydetailoftheweddingfrommenutoceremonytoguestlisttolikelylocations, a lot better than pre-engaged. I think the term pre-engaged should be replaced by a boy/girlfriend/partnerwhoIplantomarrysometimesoonbutit’snotofficial here on APW. It get’s more to the honesty of where my partner and I are at. Pre-engaged is a laughable term, especially for us. We’ve agreed we’re getting married. We’re regularly discussing when would be a good time to get married (at this point, it’s far enough out that we discuss the year) EVERYONE knows we’re getting married and soon. (My parents ignore this fact, and we don’t discuss it with them). I talk wedding details/hopes/plans/mead etc with many people. I wear his grandmother’s engagement ring around the house, even in front of friends (because it’s just so where we’re at, obviously, no one has every mentioned it. It’s sort of a duh thing I guess).
        Basically, it’s like we’re engaged but didn’t bother telling my parents except we sort of did, and we don’t make a big deal of it, mostly so it won’t get back to them. Though the other day, I refered to it as a commonlaw marriage (no such thing in Cali, but I don’t mean in legal terms), which more and more fits the definition. But I want a wedding too, mostly because it’s a commonlaw marriage perhaps, but I want legal and social recognition of our union, which I’m starting to get from acquaintances who think he’s my husband, but not from family. And I’m big on rituals.
        sorry, that comment is ALL over the place.

    • http://lilapuppy.blogspot.com meghan

      hilarious. i was livingwithandboughtamountaincabinwiththeguythatiplannedtomarrythatisnowmyhusbandandbabydaddy

  • Caroline

    Yay homebrew! My partner is a brewer, so of course we are brewing for our wedding. Actually we’ve already done some brewing for the wedding even though it is a couple years out (mead for toasting, which has to age. Beer will wait) we’re contemplating asking other brewing friends to brew beer for the wedding, and bartering with them for it.

    Honestly, it’s just the equipment that makes it more exepnsive, and the bottles if you have to buy them, rather than having all your friends save all their beer bottles and clean and use those. If you have the equipment already, it’s cheaper.
    Since we’re all set on equipment, 5gallon batch, which makes 40-50 bottles of beer, costs 20-35 dollars. We just made a stout that cost 21 dollars for 5 g. So basically 50 cents or less a beer of awesome beer, and I don’t know anywhere that can beat that.

    Also, don’t get a packaged kit, they suck. A kit made by your brewshop might be awesome though, or they should be happy to help you.

    • http://lilapuppy.blogspot.com meghan

      Yes. We just talked to our local store and they assembled “kits” for us based on recipes that we looked at….

    • http://penn.typepad.com Leah

      Midwest Brew Supply (in the Twin Cities) makes their own excellent packaged kits. And you can order online! They’re our localish (~ 1 hr away) beer store. Tho not using kits also helps save money because you can just get grains in bulks, especially if you can use the same grains in more than one beer.

      agreed that the cost per beer goes down a lot once you’ve got the equipment and bottles. All our friends save bottles for us, and we have almost too many.

      • http://onegirloneguytwocats.wordpress.com/ Heather

        Excellent to know as I’m from the Twin Cities area! Our wedding has come and gone, but it would be a fun project to do together anyway!

        • http://penn.typepad.com Leah

          love them! and if you’re an MPR member (minnesota public radio), you get 10%. They are off of hwy 100 and excelsior, but on the other side of hwy 100 from Trader Joe’s.

      • Mallory

        I was going to suggest them as well. My fiance homebrews for a hobby and we get everything from there including his start up equipment. They have great prices and great recipes. Really great place for beginners to learn the ropes.

  • http://macnamania.com clare

    My brother and his friends are fabulous brewers, so I really wanted to have their beer at our wedding. The venues that we looked at had various policies on this sort of thing, one required that the brewer be licensed (which a I think is around $500 in MN, where we’re getting married) another (the venue we decided on, actually) doesn’t allow any alcohol that they don’t provide to be served at the event (they might have an exception and a corking fee for wine).

    Anyway, when I talked to the venue they recommended that we provide the beer as a favor to get around this policy. We could give it out, so long as it wasn’t opened or consumed on the premises. So this was our plan until this past week.

    We’re having a Sunday brunch reception, and my dad recently suggested that we hold an open house in the evening. So basically we’re having an after party and featuring my brother’s sweet brews there. We might still give it out as favors, we’ll figure that one out later. I was not really planning on doing favors until this idea was presented and it seemed like a good way to feature this bit of my family.

    The wedding is in mid October, and I’m looking forward to conferencing with my bro soon to discuss what types of beer we want.

    • http://as-food-to-life.blogspot.com meredythbyrd

      THAT is an awesome idea! The open house one, and also the giving beer as favors one, so really it should be THOSE are awesome ideas.

      My family is coming from various parts of the states (and Canada) to have a vacation before the wedding and an open house is an awesome way to do a low key hang out session since we won’t get to spend as much time together as usual like we do at the beach. We’ve already planned a pizza night, so maybe I could combine it with an open house for other friends who are coming to the wedding (or some who couldn’t make it to the actual day).

      Have fun with the beer. My fiance would like to start brewing but it doesn’t look like it will happen before the day. Too bad, it seems like such a cool DIT project. Of course, it could be a post wedding DIT. ;)

    • http://penn.typepad.com Leah

      pumpkin beer! or apple beer! oh, those would be so good for an October wedding (I’m a wee bit jealous — we’re both teachers, so our wedding will be in December, but October is my favorite month).

      Also, if you’re up to it, I hear brewing cider is super easy. That would be a nice alternative for those that aren’t huge beer fans. Cider is my favorite, so we will either brew or buy some Woodchuck for our wedding.

      • http://macnamania.com clare

        Pumpkin or apple would be delicious! the one problem with home brewing is you have to think well in advance if you want to do seasonal beers with seasonal produce.

        Since we weren’t engaged yet last fall, and since this idea didn’t come up until we started planning, and since I am not at all the type of girl who planned/dreamed up a wedding before it was real, obtaining good pumpkins or apples to brew with for beer to be ready by this October will not be in the cards. But I’m sure we will still come up with some winners, even if they feature more spring/summer flavors. And since I love a good unfiltered wheat beer with a wedge of orange squeezed into it year round, that’s just fine with me.

      • http://irisira.wordpress.com irisira

        OH MY GOD I LOVE PUMPKIN BEER.

        We went to St. Michael’s for our honeymoon in Sept., and on our way home we stopped at Dogfish Head in Rehoboth (of course). There were multiple brews available that are very difficult to find locally (upstate NY), but what did I insist on drinking? Punkin. Because there was NO WAY I was visiting Dogfish Head and not drinking my very favorite Punkin* straight from the cask. :)

        *OK, so Southern Tier Pumking is actually my favorite. But Punkin is a very close second. :)

  • Jen M

    Mead and cyser making is way less labor intensive and complex (for me anyway) than beer making and can produce awesomely booze-tastic results as well. Thankfully, my guy has got the brewing covered.

  • http://ashinwi.wordpress.com Ashley

    My husband is a homebrewer, and we made some (not all…see step 6) of the beer for our wedding. It was awesome, and one of our favorite parts of the wedding day.

    Notes on brewing I’ve picked up from being the lab assistant? Keep everything really clean. Use StarSan, not bleach. Listen to the guys at the homebrew store. Read the book “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing” by Charles Papazian. Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew. If you can afford it, get a wort chiller to make your life easier. And most importantly, the beer you brew will taste better than any beer you can buy in a store. Because, you know, you made it.

    Yay, beer!

    • http://metamorprose.wordpress.com Stephanova

      How to Brew by John Palmer is also a really good reference book!

    • http://www.emilinda.blogspot.com Emily

      Ashley, this is SUCH a great summary of what I’ve learned, too, as a beer brewing assistant.

      I’d also like to add–brew with other people! My husband LOVES to brew with others…it makes it more like a party than anything else.

  • http://www.ohdeerio.com Rachelle

    Rock on, homebrewers! Stephen is a pro brewer now so we’ll be getting kegs from his brewery (which technically he made too) but he’s homebrewing a keg for us to all enjoy as we get ready. Yay beer!

    • http://elissarphotography.com Elissa

      Will there be St. Arnold’s root beer too? *hopeful look*

  • Denzi

    Yay, homebrewers! Hot Guy and I homebrew, but are not doing so for our wedding as we just don’t want to spend the time and energy (and our venue wouldn’t let us anyway). But rock on, all of you!

    (Also, this is the best DIY guide ever. Seriously. No froofy pictures and step-by-step, just “go ask some experts. Do it. Drink.” <3 )

  • Amanda V

    As Clare alluded to, please, please, please check the laws in your state about homebrewing. It’s quite a tricky legal issue because homebrewing is a legal exception to most states’ very closed-door policies on homemade spirits. We wanted to serve homebrew at our Ohio wedding but couldn’t make it work because of the laws; in order to serve the beer or even give it away, we would have had to get a license that was actually pretty cost-prohibitive. Hope other states are more forgiving and others can enjoy this awesome idea!

    • http://jolynn.wordpress.com Jo

      Huh! We’re serving homebrew at our Ohio wedding this summer–we’re just having the wedding/reception at his parent’s place and none of our guests will sue us/rat us out.

      • http://lilapuppy.blogspot.com meghan

        go jo and c. yay.

  • Bonnie Fries

    Since our wedding was a simple backyard affair in the South, we decided to have our best man home brew our beer! Only problem is I mentioned this in our wedding announcement in the local paper and only after that found out IT IS ILLEGAL TO HOME BREW BEER IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA!! So needless to say we had to pull the plug on that idea and thankfully we did not have the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control peeps pay us a visit that day.

    My advice, just make sure it’s legal in your state before you home brew!!

  • Sarah S

    Ours cannot possibly be the only wedding budget that included the purchase of a kegerator and kegging equipment, can it? We’re having both groomsbier (saison) and bridalbrau (raspberry wheat) and really didn’t want to bottle 10 gallons in our tiny apartment kitchen, not to mention finding a way to chill it in advance. So we sprung for a two-tap setup after asking my mother if she would be offended if we used some of the money she is contributing to showcase our brews. Thankfully she was delighted by the idea, and also thankfully our venue has no restrictions on alcohol as long as you purchase a serving permit for the night!

    • Sara B

      What a genius idea! The Man and I have been talking about when to get a keggerator, and putting it into the future wedding budget is smart, since we’ll most likely be brewing our own beer as well.

    • http://penn.typepad.com Leah

      I think we’re going to buy a homebrew keg setup for our wedding. My guy loves his homebrew and would be so stoked to do this.

      speaking of — for those who are nervous, I’ve got a little picture guide on my blog. It’s not a perfect how-to, but it does give you an overview of how we do our system:

      part 1: brewing
      part 2: bottling

      And we have made all our beer in tiny apartments with not much space, so don’t let that get in the way :-)

      • Sarah S

        We bottled for about a year or so, which was fine, but I won’t miss it — looks like we’ve got just about as much kitchen as you do, Leah. (Thank god for the bathtub!) Bottling, and more importantly, STORING, four big cases of beer in addition to the growing pile of wedding supplies was just out of the question, though.

        We also had a bunch of issues with carbonation, especially when transporting the bottles anywhere. After the summer BBQ and Xmas ale disasters of 2010 — all head undrinkable beers plus a few actual bottle explosions — we determined the kegerator would not only be safer, it would let our guests actually enjoy the beer instead of a bunch of questionable foam.

        (And to make it easy on ourselves we’re extract brewing the bridalbrau, although it won’t be quite as good as a mash, the raspberries overwhelm the grain nuance anyway. It’s the homebrew for our non-beer drinking friends!)

        • http://penn.typepad.com Leah

          we finally moved to a little bit bigger place, and now he’s got a “man closet” JUST for beer. And a bigger kitchen, which is a relief. But we did a lot of beer in that first little place.

          I think we do all extract brewing so far. My guy is moving into new territories, slowly. But we don’t have climate control in our place (no AC), so we don’t beer during the hot summer in Minnesota.

          Bummer about the carbonation issues. We’ve been lucky *knock on wood* and have never had an explosion. And most of the not-so-great beers were more beers that we let age a little bit too long. I think just one batch wasn’t quite up to snuff, and he still made it through.

          maybe now is the time to say that I don’t actually drink beer :-) I am enthusiastic about beer, but one or two sips is enough for me. So I think we’ll also do some sort of cider something for our wedding. We’re getting married in snowy December, so we’re trying to figure out what would be nice and what is doable if we can’t start brewing until September.

          • LV Anna

            Mulled wine? Not beer (boo!), but definitely a product that improves with aging and is worthy of a few early-season test batches to get the mulling spices correct.

          • Mallory

            Haha we have a whole closet for beer too… its a bit nutty.

          • http://devlynandpeter.com devlyn

            Hah – we have a whole brewing room, filled with equipment, carboys, a zillion bottles (for beer and wine), usually a couple of filled carboys of fermenting wort, and our extra fridge for the kegs. It’s pretty much a given that whatever house we move into next *must* have a basement room for brewing (and preferably, a gas line extension to a back patio area for outdoor boiling – oh, dreams!). You know, plus a wine storage room, and a cheese cave. At least we’ll be drunk and happy during the zombocolypse.

          • Alexandra

            Hi, noticed your interest in figuring out what you can brew. I’m about to [soon] use a kit for Celebration Ale, which is very December-y!
            I love the people & kits at http://www.breworganic.com/ , which offers all-organic brewkits, out of Santa Cruz, CA!
            We used the easy-brew kits the first few times, and have now moved onto the intermediate kits, which aren’t too much more difficult if you’re familiar with the process. (& they welcome you to call with questions!)
            I’m not seeing the Celebration Ale for sale now [we bought it months ago], but I’m sure it should be back in stock by September!
            GL!

        • Alexandra

          All-head, exploding beers, are generally going to be the result of too much yeast or bottling sugar. The first time I took part in brewing, we had a few of the bottles with too much bottling sugar, I think, and opened one in the kitchen sink…and it sprayed the ceiling! Still delicious though.

    • http://jolynn.wordpress.com Jo

      Ours was a Top-Tier brewing system (we already had everything else) and a huge frig to make into a kegerator. HUZZAH!

  • E

    The federal limit is 200 gallons homebrewed anything per year, for personal use. BUT, state laws are allowed to be more restrictive. In CA I know that the ABC allows you to use the federal limits.

    • http://penn.typepad.com Leah

      at the 5 gallons we make each time we brew beer, that would mean we’d have to do 40 batches a year. That’d be a lot of work. I definitely don’t think most people will hit that limit.

      Oh, and the 5 gallons, for us, makes ~ 50 standard bottles of beer. I wonder how many wedding guests you’d need to go through 2,000 bottles of beer . . .

  • Kendall

    YES!

    One of my husband’s friends from high school, John, is a brewer, and he made our wedding beer as a present. I’ll admit, I was a little nervous about it at first. Brewing seemed like a magical mystery, and friends and family couldn’t stop expressing their disbelief that we would leave our alcohol up to an amateur. Everyone and his cousin seemed to have a tale to tell about a home brew gone wrong.

    And then John sent us a three-page annotated list of potential beers complete with taste pairings and naming stories… I was sold! We let our friends vote and ended up with everything from pilsner to stout. One keg was in such high demand that after the caterer left, a groomsman jumped behind the bar and kept the pints coming. We’re still working through all of the unopened wine…

    Also, if you need to convince anyone, a good backup plan is to have the number of a liquor supply store on hand in case you run out or a keg doesn’t go as planned. There are stores that will deliver that day, straight to your venue (at least in NJ).

    YAY!

  • Kashia

    Yay for brewing beer!

  • http://www.foxflat.wordpress.com Katie

    If you like the idea of brewing your own beer, but are feeling apprehensive about laws or investing in equipment, here is a sorta-kinda-diy solution:

    A few months before the wedding, my dad and his friends took an outing to a brew house near Cleveland where you can pick out a recipe and brew the beer on premise (http://www.thebrewkettle.com/about/about.htm). Then you return weeks later to bottle it yourself, pick out a label, etc. They did this just for kicks, but my dad’s friend had the idea to make his beer our “special wedding beer”. He made a label with our names and wedding date and then we put a bottle on each table (supplemented by wine and two kegs).

    Obviously this is more costly than homebrewing yourself, but it could make for a fun bachelor outing. Our wedding brew was one of my favorite DIT gifts of the day…our friend was soooo excited to unveil the beer to us :) We still have one bottle still in the fridge, waiting for a special occasion.

    • http://www.twitter.com/kahlia kahlia

      Thank you for sparking the memory that my uncle (who died 8 years ago) used to make all his own beer at a place like that. :) I dislike the taste of beer, but he was so excited about it and I loved trying all the cool stuff he made!

      Also, there are lots of places that do this in suburban Detroit, if anyone’s interested!

    • http://jolynn.wordpress.com Jo

      I think the Brew Kettle is so cool! It’s handy to have someone to bail you out if you panic.

  • http://loveyourway.net lizzie

    i love meghan. i love beer. this tutorial fucking rocks.

    • http://lilapuppy.blogspot.com meghan

      thanks buddy!

  • http://metamorprose.wordpress.com Stephanova

    *Love* this tutorial. I think it speaks to the simplicity of the home-brewing personality!

    We didn’t brew our own beer for the wedding because it felt like too much work at the time. However, if anyone is thinking of doing this in the Denver area and needs help or advice, I’m your gal… Also, I HIGHLY recommend Beer At Home in Englewood and Westminster. They are the best.

  • Ashley B

    It must be fate, just got engaged this weekend (squee!) and there’s a post about brewing beer. The boy and I have a deep seated love for craft beer, this might be a fun project/new skill!

    • Casey

      CONGRATULATIONS MA’AM!!! Bonding while brewing is the greatest :)

    • http://penn.typepad.com Leah

      congrats on the engagement! and, yes, this is a super fun project to do together. the brewing part doesn’t need two people, but the bottling goes much smoother with two (especially when you’re first learning everything). Just make sure you designate one person to be “in charge” of each batch so that just one person takes care of all the details.

      • http://lilapuppy.blogspot.com meghan

        exactly

  • Jessica

    I’m glad I’m reading this post with a beer in hand!

  • http://irisira.wordpress.com irisira

    On our laundry list of “things we want to do when we buy a house*”, trying our hand at home brewing is very high on the list. Having said that, we have friends trying it out now, in an apartment. (They said it smells awful. This is why we want to wait until we have more space/a basement.)

    I dunno if I’d want to do this for my wedding, though … that is, unless we had been brewing our own beer for a while and “had it down.” This, like anything, would take a while. However, if this is something we did and enjoyed anyway, I wouldn’t care if we didn’t save money – it would be something I would definitely want to craft into our wedding.

    *we don’t want a house for the “typical” BS reasons such as equity (myth!) or any such nonsense – we want a house so we can do frivolous stuff like store a kayak, build an exercise room, get a second dog, and make our own beer and wine (for starters). It’s a little like playing house, and we know it’s not practical for us to buy right now. But it’s fun to dream.

    • Caroline

      It doesn’t usually smell awful. I don’t think it should. It smells nice and malty when your cooking it, then I’ve never noticed any smell at all when it’s fermenting. The carboil fermenter right now is sitting behind the couch (don’t worry, it’s covered by a couple black t-shirts to keep out the light, wouldn’t want it to get skunky.)

    • http://jolynn.wordpress.com Jo

      I love your home-owning list!

      I feel like beer smells like bread, so I think it’s delicious. I’m also a carb-lover.

  • http://lilapuppy.blogspot.com meghan

    I love how many homebrewers are out there.

    • http://jolynn.wordpress.com Jo

      I just told C that APW is EVEN MORE AWESOME than I’d previously thought! :D

  • http://fourfeeteightpaws.blogspot.com/ Rowan

    We are doing homebrew as favors. One tip I would recommend is to store them somewhere very safe during step 10. I’ve already knocked over 3 bottles and they break very easily! It is a big pain to clean up and your whole apartment smells like beer for days (which you would think would be a good thing but is not).

  • http://jolynn.wordpress.com Jo

    Meghan, you are AWESOME.

    I know the way we do it feels really complicated, which it isn’t. It’s just awesome and delicious! (If you keep everything clean).

  • http://devlynandpeter.com devlyn

    Ooh, my partner and I are brewing our own beer for our wedding. And we’ve made our own (from kit) wine for it, too! It’s even cheaper (and less work) if you have access to 5 gallon kegs. We just got a hold of an old 7cu ft freezer we’re turning into a second kegerator that will be so much easier to transport to the wedding site and the like (we’re getting rid of the first kegerator, as it’s dying very slowly and very loudly). It is so much fun! If anyone needs recommendations for homebrew shops in the Portland, OR area, let me know – my partner works at one every-other weekend (yay for employee discounts for wedding beer!). ^_^

    • http://lilapuppy.blogspot.com meghan

      after i am done being pregnant I will be thinking of a kegorator…

  • http://blog.halfacregoods.com Erin

    We made a homebrew for toasting at our wedding. It was one of the first three questions I asked every venue because not being able to bring our own alcohol for the dollar dance was a deal breaker. That was one tradition we were having come hell or high water. ;)

    Great instructions, I particularly liked the part about skipping to step 12 if you don’t drink beer. :)

    • http://lilapuppy.blogspot.com meghan

      yay and thanks!!!

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  • Alexandra

    Awesome. I’ve brewed at home with my sweetie a few times, and we just transferred our first batch of 2011 to the secondary fermenter! [the carboy–5 gallon glass jug]
    Saving beer bottles is a great way to save money. Another is to look for carboys at garage/estate sales & flea markets, as you can get them for $5-10- instead of 20-30!
    We got a 7.5 ga stock pot with lid off ebay–new, and somewhat expensive, but less pricey than a department or specialty store.

    Flip-top bottles are nice, too–either specialty beer bottles, or sparkling lemonade bottles.

    We’re planning to serve some homebrew at our rehearsal dinner/welcome picnic, since our venue won’t work for that.

  • BungalowBride

    My fiance and I are getting married next weekend and he has brewed three kegs for the wedding after party at our house. He also makes mead (something he originally got into because I’m gluten-free, although now he’s gotten pretty good at brewing gf beer), so we are going to serve it as our signature drink at the reception when guests arrive. The restaurant we are renting out (right down the block from our house) is being really cool about it. I didn’t realize how lucky we were until I read some of the posts on venues saying they need licenses and all that jazz. Just goes to show, it always pays off to go super local and small. That on top of my gluten-free wedding cupcakes should make it pretty special. Yay DIY!

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    I’ll complain which you have copied material from a different supply

  • eric gabriel

    idea for the bottles…get chalk board paint, spray or roll or whatever label sized. Get chalk…”BEER”

  • Katrina

    FYI for people from BC, Canada:
    BC Liquor laws prohibit the serving of home-brewed alcohols at virtually any event.
    Thanks for the article though