+1 one to that! Quite a setup.
The problem with inviting friends over to help, is that most of MY friends tend not to stop until all the liquor is gone. Probably including the half-fermented stuff still providing CO2.
In fact, last time I brewed, I made 2L of mead on a whim. Invited a friend to sample some, had to take a phone call in another room, and came back to a surprise - an empty bottle and a naked friend. Awkward since she was drunk beyond all reason, I'm a gentleman, and she was also a co-worker.
But I will definitely love to see your upcoming thread, if for no other reason than I appreciate the elegance of combining uses and hobbies.